3 Replies Latest reply: Jan 13, 2013 10:47 AM by Russ H
dmorton750 Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)

I'm on a 15" 2.4 GHz Intel MacBook Pro running OS X 10.5.8, 2 Gigs 1067 DDR3, using Final Cut Pro 6. My camera is a Canon XH A1s, connected to the computer via a Firewire 800 to 400 cable. I'm trying to import a tape from my camera, and go throught the typical process of Log and Capture. However, upon opening Log and Capture, I get the following message: "Unable to initialize video deck. You may still log offline clips or use Capture Now." This has NEVER, I repeat, NEVER happened to me before and I am completely lost. My default sequence preset is DV NTSC 48kHz, capture preset is DV NTSC 48kHz, and device control preset is DVCPRO HD FireWire. I am trying to import HD video from my camera. I already tried trashing the user preferences but no luck.  Any ideas?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (16,595 points)

    If it's HD you shot and are trying to capture, then both your camera and FCP need to be set to HDV – like one of the Easy Setups below.


    I believe that Apple recommends Fire Wire Basic for the XH A1.




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  • dmorton750 Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)

    Is that the capture preset, sequence preset, or device control preset?

  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (16,595 points)

    If you select (or create) an Easy Setup – say, HDV 1080p30 FW Basic – then create a new project, your capture device will be set to FW Basic. If you change it to say, 1080i60, the next project's capture device setting will be FireWire.


    You can double–check this in the menu Final Cut Pro>Audio/Video Settings.


    To double-check that the sequence settings are correct, hit command 0.