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Graham Kitchener Calculating status...
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Jun 1, 2012 4:11 AM

I am using Final Cut Pro 7 on the latest iMac i7.

 

I have a DVCam deck connected to the iMac via a firwire 800 cable.

 

There is a DV tape with DV footage in the deck.

 

I am able to control the deck from log and capture but the display is the colour bar window with PREVIEW DISABLED on it.

 

I have checked and double checked that my settings are correct, that video and audio are selected in capture settings etc etc.

 

Everything is selected correctly on the deck.

 

All mu suer preferences and presets are also correct.

 

I have trashed FCP preferences as well.

 

The content on the tape is viewable fine on the camera and on an external monitor.

 

So, in summary:

I am unable to log and capture DV material from the tape even though the deck is controllable from log and capture window.

iMac (27-inch Mid 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,920 points)
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    Jun 1, 2012 6:25 AM (in response to Graham Kitchener)

    Did you shoot DV or HDV?

     

    Russ

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,805 points)
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    Jun 1, 2012 8:26 AM (in response to Russ H)

    First, make sure you've got the appropriate easy setup selected.  It seems strange to me, but I have found that even when I've got all the individual settings correct, I'll sometimes have problems capturing from a deck, but if I go and choose the appropriate easy setup, suddenly everything works.

     

    You might also try a different firewire cable.

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,805 points)
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    Jun 1, 2012 9:39 AM (in response to Graham Kitchener)

    Do you have IMovie?  Worth seeing if you can capture directly to imovie and then convert the dv stream to a dv quicktime.

  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,920 points)
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    Jun 1, 2012 10:42 AM (in response to Graham Kitchener)

    It's very common to fiind that when people double-check their deck or a camera they discover it wasn't set to setting they remembered setting it to…which is why I asked.

     

    Russ

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,805 points)
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    Jun 1, 2012 11:34 AM (in response to Russ H)

    how did you trash fcp preferences?  This is the best way (imho)

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-2491

     

    Here are a bunch of other troubleshooting tips

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-2591

     

    Have you installed any other programs that my effect quicktime or fcp?

  • David Mclaine Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)
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    Jun 2, 2012 1:58 PM (in response to Graham Kitchener)

    Hi Graham,

                    I know this is a pain but can you post your FCP capture settings and your deck settings, I know you said everything is set correctly but, as Russ pointed out, sometimes you can't see the wood for the trees, so to speak. Also can you capture from the camera?

    DM

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,805 points)
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    Jun 4, 2012 7:03 AM (in response to Graham Kitchener)

    Did you trash your fcp preferences using digital rebellions preference manager?

     

    Did you try the other troubleshooting tips?

     

    We can't be of much help unless you approach this in a systematic manner.  I understand your frustration and agree that Apple's attitude isn't the best.

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,805 points)
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    Jun 4, 2012 8:50 AM (in response to Graham Kitchener)

    Probably means there's a menu setting on the deck that's set incorrectly.  Connect the deck to a video monitor  and usually you'll see the menu's there.  They are not usually visible via firewire.   what is the make and model of the deck.

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,805 points)
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    Jun 4, 2012 8:53 AM (in response to Michael Grenadier)

    Wait, are you sure that the material is DVCAM or DV?  Seems to me, some cameras record DVCPro (I think) which will play back thru the video output of  DV Decks, but WILL NOT output via firewire.

     

    So what's the make and model of the Camera?

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,805 points)
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    Jun 4, 2012 3:36 PM (in response to Graham Kitchener)

    by any chance is the capture preset  and/or device control set to ntsc?  Grasping at straws here as it should work without a problem. 

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