11 Replies Latest reply: Jul 3, 2012 2:49 AM by Karsten Schlüter
octium Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hey everyone

 

I am trying to capture video/audio using the webcam with FCPX.

 

I dont have an external drive on FireWire... Only USB.

Several times now, when I try to capture I get the ugle "import was aborted due to dropped frames"

Many forums point to the fact that I should change somethign in the User Preferences.... but alas, I dont have that option.. maybe different version of FCP?

When I I go to Preferences I get the options you see in the screenshot attached

 

Is there any way to prevent FCP from dropping frames?

 

[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/S1LMi.png[/IMG]

 

 

Thank you


Final Cut Pro X, Mac OS X (10.7.4), 2.4 GHZ Intel 2 Duo, 4GB DDR2 SDRAM
  • 1. Re: import was aborted due to dropped frames
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,210 points)

    Not going to a USB drive and not without knowing the specifications of the digitizer. FCP doesn't digitize.

  • 2. Re: import was aborted due to dropped frames
    octium Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So what do I need to do?

    I have not tried to save to external drive but to local drive.. I mentioned the external cause i saw it was talked about on other threads.

     

    Any solutions please?

     

     

     

    Thank you

  • 3. Re: import was aborted due to dropped frames
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,210 points)

    There may not be a solution, but there's no way to tell without knowing what the webcam is and how the media is being digitized.

  • 4. Re: import was aborted due to dropped frames
    octium Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey Tom

     

    Thank you for being so promt in your replies.

     

    I am using Mac's webcam. Nothing else.

    Not sure how to answer to your question about the media being digitized... I just start importing from Mac's cam and then after a while it stops...

     

    Here's full details of my mac

     

    Processor  2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

    Memory  4 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM

    Graphics  NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT 256 MB

    Software  Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4 (11E53)

    HDD Hitachi 650 GB Mac OS Extended (Journaled)

     


    Thank you

  • 5. Re: import was aborted due to dropped frames
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,210 points)

    Everything except what kind of computer it is. Laptop? Mac mini? Tower? I'll guess an iMac. Does it produce anything? Where is the event you're saving to? In the system drive? Anything else attached to the computer. USB is too slow. You're also very short of RAM.

  • 6. Re: import was aborted due to dropped frames
    octium Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello

     

    Its a laptop

     

    "I have not tried to save to external drive but to local drive." So it is saving to my macbook pro drive

     

    "Here's full details of my mac

     

    Processor  2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

    Memory  4 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM

    Graphics  NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT 256 MB

    Software  Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4 (11E53)

    HDD Hitachi 650 GB Mac OS Extended (Journaled)"

     

    Thank you

  • 7. Re: import was aborted due to dropped frames
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,210 points)

    Can't help. Don't know what you're doing, but the webcam should not drop frames on record, unless it's a long recording. You have minimal RAM.

  • 8. Re: import was aborted due to dropped frames
    octium Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Just Trying to capture video from the regular webcam (iSight cam) that macbook pro has incorporated in its monitor using FCPX and make a movie from it.

     

    I would like to be able to capture 1 - 1.5 hr..

     

     

    Thank you for your efforts and time.

  • 9. Re: import was aborted due to dropped frames
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,210 points)

    I don't think it can do that. How far do you get before you start dropping frames?

  • 10. Re: import was aborted due to dropped frames
    octium Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    It sure can

     

    I would upload a pic if you want.

     

    Longest it gone for was 40 mins aprox.

    The video captured before it stops is not lost as I saw other people saying.. It is still available and I could use whatever it captured that far... but I would like it to capture at least 1 hour.

     

     

    Thank you

  • 11. Re: import was aborted due to dropped frames
    Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,885 points)

    the built-in webcam doesn't deliver standard video with a 'clocked' time-base, such as 25 or 30fps.

    I assume, when the frame-rate starts to flow too much, FCPX interprets this as a drop-out.

     

    I would suggest to use the Quicktime Player X app to record first, and use a converter tool such as Mpeg Streamclip to 'convert' it into a regular, with a fix timecode, stream.

     

    Plan B)

    from my box of silly advices:

    give this a try: rise the surrounding brightness - lower frame-rates are used by webcams to compensate low-light conditions.

     

    in general: I would never suggest to use FPCX as a 'recording' tool .......