Currently Being ModeratedSep 5, 2013 1:01 PM (in response to seano23)
First off, HDV Apple Intermediate Codec is a very lossy and noisy codec. Very old. It was created when HDV was new to the world and Apple couldn't deal with it natively. Now it can. There are HDV 1080i Easy Setups options in FCP that will capture that tape losslessly.
But your biggest issue might the USB drive. USB 2.0 isn't fast enough for editing, while USB 3 is. Which do you have?
To fix the freezing, you might try to trash the FCP preferences with a free app called PREFERENCE MANAGER, from Digitalrebellion.com. Press a button, there they go. That fixes a lot of issues. Also repair permissions with the disk utility.
OH...what version of FCP are we talking about here?
Currently Being ModeratedSep 5, 2013 1:30 PM (in response to Shane Ross)
USB 2.0 is faster than Firewire 400, so I don't understand that correlation. Final Cut 7.0.2.
I am going to try the 1080i60 Firewire Basic because that is what I am doing.
I have heard about this preferences issue, so I'll try that if this setting doesn't resolve.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 5, 2013 1:36 PM (in response to seano23)
USB 2 sends data is bursts...packets. Video requires a steady stream. Firewire provides that...while you'll get freezing and dropped frames with video on USB because it'll send a burst, and then the data rate transfer drops.
Pretty much everyone here will tell you the same thing.
1080i60 Firewire Basic is a deck control setting. Look in the FINAL CUT PRO menu, choose EASY SETUP. And choose the HDV 1080i60 setting.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 5, 2013 3:43 PM (in response to Shane Ross)
It's coming in stable now, using either Firewire Basic or the HDV 1080i60. Both write the video as an MPEG-2 with 1440 x 1080 resolution. USB 2 isn't really a problem, I think it's just a smart caution not to use it for professional applications. Strangely, using AIC, I managed to get a 1920 x 1080 video--of course that is exactly when things started going wrong. However, being that this is not original 1080p material, it seems the format I have arrived at is optimal.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 5, 2013 3:45 PM (in response to seano23)
HDV is an anamorphic format...1440x1080. The way you are bringing it in now is optimal...it's a direct 1:1 digital transfer, lossless.
Glad things are stable!