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Lost communication in FCP 7.0.3

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Sep 3, 2013 7:50 AM

I can no longer get a successful connection through Firewire of a DVD player into FCP 7.0.3.  After re-booting numerous times, as well as trying to "refresh A/V devices," nothing seems to work.  This is an Intel Xeon 2.8GHz Quad Core Mac running Lion V10.7.5.

Has anybody experienced this problem?  Any help is greatly appreciated...as I'm stumped!

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,800 points)
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    Sep 3, 2013 11:21 AM (in response to prafalow)

    go to apple menu:  about this mac:  more info to launch system profiler.  Take a look and see if the firewire devices are being recognized.

     

    Your firewire ports can fail.

     

    You can install a firewire card if you've got a macpro.

     

    First step is to zap your p-ram.  restart holding down option-command-p-r for a few cycles.

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,800 points)
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    Sep 3, 2013 12:32 PM (in response to prafalow)

    Are you trying to burn a dvd from within fcp?  Probably not the best workflow.  Can you burn dvd's from the finder?

     

    If you're trying to capture FROM a DVD, that never worked and is not supposed to work.

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,800 points)
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    Sep 4, 2013 6:27 AM (in response to prafalow)

    There are dvdvideo recorders that sometimes have a firewire connection.  It's possible that one of these might work.  And then there are dvd burners like those that are installed inside computers but are in a case to use externally.  These will never feed video into fcp.  That's just not the way they work.

     

    What's the brand and model number of your dvd player?

     

    What most people do is use a program like mpegstreamclip to "rip" the dvd and create a file that fcp can work with.  Do some searching here and you'll find lots of posts about this process.  I seem to remember somebody even created a tutorial for this.

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,800 points)
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    Sep 4, 2013 11:50 AM (in response to prafalow)

    well when I googled this model, it says nothing about a firewire or dv output

     

    http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Home/Blu-ray-Disc/Pioneer-DVD-Players/DVR -520H-S

     

    But perhaps the page is wrong.

     

    With the pioneer connected, if you go to apple:  about this mac and hit more info, you'll launch system profiler.  Does the pioneer show up under firewire?

     

    Is your fcp easy setup correct for this workflow?

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,800 points)
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    Sep 4, 2013 1:14 PM (in response to prafalow)

    Did you make sure your easy setup for fcp was set to the appropriate format?  This is usually the source of these sorts of problems. 

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