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Graham Kitchener Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

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 (16,075 points)

    Did you shoot DV or HDV?



  • Michael Grenadier Level 7 Level 7 (20,310 points)

    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.

  • Graham Kitchener Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Russ H: See original post. It is a DV tape with DV footage, ie DV footage shot.


    Michael: I did a very careful check, double check, and triple check of the Easy setup, and everything is exactly as it should be. With DV these days there are very few choices anyway.

    As for cable: I did try a different cable. No improvement. I also received a new cable today in the mail, connected that. Same problem.


    I've only just recently moved over from a G5 with Tiger, and I never had a single issue with anything at all on that machine. This new iMac with Lion had caused me all sorts of headaches. i wish I'd kept the G5 and I would have the issue sorted by now.


    So I'm still in a problem area with trying to capture this footage. I'm out if ideas.

  • Michael Grenadier Level 7 Level 7 (20,310 points)

    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 (16,075 points)

    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.



  • Michael Grenadier Level 7 Level 7 (20,310 points)

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



    Here are a bunch of other troubleshooting tips



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

  • Graham Kitchener Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Michael

    No iMovie. Latest verson of Lion and the new iMac does not come with iMovie. Thanks for the preferences trash tip.


    Shouldn't have to do this work around. Final Cut Pro 7; iMac with i7; latest Lion OS; none of these things exactly cheap so in my view it should just work. This is increasingly frustrating and I'm really beginning to wonder if this is another thing caused by Lion and Apple's new approach of dropping support on this type of software.


    Very annoying. I'm at my wits end with this thing.



  • David Mclaine Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)

    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?


  • Michael Grenadier Level 7 Level 7 (20,310 points)

    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.

  • Graham Kitchener Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi all

    I connected the DV camera using firwire 800 to the iMac and I had success. I was able to capture all the footage in Log & Capture.


    However, despite this I am still unable to do the same, using the same cable, with the DVCam deck.


    Does this throw any light on possible causes having had success with the camera?



  • Michael Grenadier Level 7 Level 7 (20,310 points)

    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 7 Level 7 (20,310 points)

    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?

  • Graham Kitchener Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    It's a Sony DVCam DSR 11 deck which will play mini DV or DvCam tapes recorded in PAL or NTSC.


    I haven't changed anything on the deck at all since last usung it a few weeks ago with the G5 and Tiger OS. I simply unplugged the firewire and plugged it straight into the new iMac.


    The old G5 was running FCP6, but because the G5 and Tiger (it's was a pre Intel machine) won't run FCP7 I decided to use this as the reason to upgrade and chage to the iMac i7 Lion OS.


    The material in question is PAL DV on mini tapes.


    The camera is a Panasonic DVX100A and only capapble of recording in SD DV.


    All the selection switches are correct on the deck. I'm puzzled why I can get the image and capture from the camera, with the same cable, and yet not from the deck.


    Thanks Michael

  • Michael Grenadier Level 7 Level 7 (20,310 points)

    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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