12 Replies Latest reply: Jun 2, 2012 8:46 PM by AppleMacCider
AppleMacCider Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi

 

I am trying to transfer some MinDV tapes from my tape deck to FCP X.  When watching them back through a monitor they play fine, but when I import them to FCP X, they image is stuttering and it's making 2 or 3 clips per second of footage.  I've stopped capture as the quality is not good enough with so many clips to edit together per hour tape.

 

My scratch hdd is a SSD card and the boot drive is approx at 20% used.

 

Any ideas or thoughts would be really appreciated.

 

Thanks, Matt


Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • 1. Re: MiniDV Tape footage stuttering in FCP X
    salty777 Level 3 Level 3 (540 points)

    Is it stuttering during import or after or both?

  • 2. Re: MiniDV Tape footage stuttering in FCP X
    AppleMacCider Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    When I watched the tape just prior to transfer it was fine.  It is only during the import that I can see it stuttering in the viewer in fcp but from the camera it is fine.  So, something to do with either FCP or my machine.

     

    I thought it might be the scratch disk so changed from external drive to SSD but made no difference.  So, not sure what the problem is now

  • 3. Re: MiniDV Tape footage stuttering in FCP X
    salty777 Level 3 Level 3 (540 points)

    How does it look after import? Does it still stutter in the viewer when paying back as a clip in the project or event browser?

     

    I imported quite a bit of DV footage with FCPX and it ran just fine through FireWire.... I see you have a MacPro so I doubt it's your machine, although lack of RAM may be a contributing factor (I only have 5 gigs). What video card do you have?

  • 4. Re: MiniDV Tape footage stuttering in FCP X
    AppleMacCider Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have a 2008 Mac Pro, 2 x 2.8 Ghz Quad Core, 6GB Ram, NVIDIA 8800 GT 512 MB and recently installed a SSD boot hard drive.

     

    When watching the footage after inport in the browser it is still stuttering, and not watchable if put on to disc to give someone. Thinking about it, I transferred some tapes of friends wedding three months ago and that was fine, only difference in hardward was the SSD drive.

     

    It's just a mystery?

     

    Thanks for your help so far

  • 5. Re: MiniDV Tape footage stuttering in FCP X
    salty777 Level 3 Level 3 (540 points)

    A real mystery and hopefully someone with better technical knowledge will be along soon!

     

    When you hook up to the monitor, what cable do you use? You may have a dodgy fire wire cable .... I've seen threads where FW 400 / 800 mix ups can lead to difficulties.

     

    If it's the same on two different drives, I doubt the problem lies with the hard disc.

     

    Short of checking all connections or trying a different FW cable, I have no idea.... !

  • 6. Re: MiniDV Tape footage stuttering in FCP X
    Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,885 points)

    SORRY, I see you have already done that.

     

    Message was edited by: Ian R. Brown

  • 7. Re: MiniDV Tape footage stuttering in FCP X
    Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,885 points)

    How much free space have your hard drives got?

     

    If they are more than 80% full you should try clearing things away.

     

    It may be nothing to do with the following items but they are worth doing as they are quick and just might help.

     

    Use this app to trash the preferences.

     

    http://www.digitalrebellion.com/prefman/

     

    It should be the first thing you try when any problems occur.

     

    Open Disk Utility and Repair Permissions.

  • 8. Re: MiniDV Tape footage stuttering in FCP X
    AppleMacCider Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Salty777 and Ian

     

    Sorry, I should have mentioned earlier that before asking the question I ran Disk Utility, repaired permissions and checked both drives I have trying to use.  I found the Preference Manager software and deleted files.  Also, used App Zapper to uninstall FCP X and then reinstalled.  I was even thinking of a clean install but that seem too drastic but an option.

     

    Both have over 40% free space,  Changed the firewire cable as only use FW400 for camera deck ADVC box.  Hard drives are either internal or e-sata.

     

    Since my last reply, I have left a 45 min tape transferring, and it is in over 3500 clips.

     

    My other option is to try and capture through Canopus ADVC but with annalogue cables instead of firewire input but worth a try.

     

    Thanks for all your help.

     

    Matt

  • 9. Re: MiniDV Tape footage stuttering in FCP X
    AppleMacCider Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    It get's stranger!!

     

     

    I've tested the camera deck and FW cable by using another tape and another FW cable and everything ok.

     

    Gone back to the original tape but still not working (just as before).

     

    Have now transferred the footage using an RCA cable to ADVC converter, then FW to Mac and footage captured in one clip for the whole 45 minutes on tape.  Quality is not so good as FW, but it worked.

     

    Really not sure what it could be.

  • 10. Re: MiniDV Tape footage stuttering in FCP X
    Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,885 points)

    It sounds like a problem with that particular tape which hopefully won't recur unless there is a problem with the camera.

  • 11. Re: MiniDV Tape footage stuttering in FCP X
    aleidy Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    Have you tried importing into iMovie? I have sometimes found iMovie does a better job importing from MiniDV tape than FCP X, though FCP X tape import has improved dramatically since it's first version last year.

  • 12. Re: MiniDV Tape footage stuttering in FCP X
    AppleMacCider Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks to everyone for their help and comments.

     

    I have since tried several other tapes, and they work fine.  I was concerned it was a problem with the tape deck or FCP X but seems it's just the tape.

     

    Thanks again