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nyjack1953 Level 1 Level 1

I'm trying to capture from a Sony HDR-HC1. Can someone give me some setting details. I can get it to connect, but it will not download. I'm using FCP 6. I've never captured HD before, so I'm sure there are settings that I need to change, but I'm at the end of my rope on what to change next. Can anyone help?




iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
Reply by David Mclaine on Jan 16, 2013 1:21 AM Helpful


    Your camera settings should be VCR/ HD and I LINK CONVERSION /OFF,  the i link conversion is set to ON when you are downconverting to DV.


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  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8

    Choose the HDV Easy Setup, and then try to capture.

  • nyjack1953 Level 1 Level 1

    Hi Shane,

    Thanks for your advise. I will try it this evening when I get home, although I think I've already tried this. Can you recommend what to set the camera to? I've read on other forums that the iLink must be off, but this doesn't work for me and doesn't make any sense either...

  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8

    iLink needs to be ON. That is the firewire connection, and that is the connected needed to capture HDV.  As for other settings, sorry, no idea. I don't have that camera.

  • David Mclaine Level 4 Level 4


        Your camera settings should be VCR/ HD and I LINK CONVERSION /OFF,  the i link conversion is set to ON when you are downconverting to DV.


  • DaveKind Level 1 Level 1

    I'm having similar problems with my own Sony HDR-HD1.  I was able to solve one of them using a suggestion on this web page:



    However, while I am now able to log files, I am unable to save them to my computer.  They keep showing up in my bin with a red line through them, and when I put them in my timeline I get an error message that says "Media Offline".  Also, I'm still getting the blank screen any time I hit one of the capture buttons.


    Also, my preview isn't working.  I just see a placeholder on the viewing screen with "Preview Disabled" printed across it.  Is it the settings on my camera or is it my settings in Final Cut Pro?

  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8

    If you LOG the footage, but don't CAPTURE will get clips with the red line. When you LOG a clip, you just tell FCP "I would like you to capture from here to here...but later. I'm going to log a bunch of clips, then tell you to BATCH CAPTURE THEM, OK?"

  • Michael Grenadier Level 7 Level 7
    Mac OS X

    but I think batch capture can be problematic with HDV.  May work, may not.  Doing a capture now seems to work better for me.

  • DaveKind Level 1 Level 1

    Exactly my point.  I'm able to log my clips but unable to capture them.  None of the capture buttons seem to work.  There's no preview either.


    Again, is it my camera settings or is it my settings in Final Cut?

  • Meg The Dog Level 6 Level 6

    The HDR-HC1 can record video as HDV 1080i or HDV 720p - which is your camera set to?

    What Easy Set Up have you chosen in FCP?



  • DaveKind Level 1 Level 1

    My camera is set to HDV 1080i.


    In Final Cut, I used the set-up DVC PRO HD - 1080i60


    That was the closest I could find to the Apple Intermediate Codec 1080i60 that was suggested in another post, assuming they're not the same set-up, yet according to the guy who posted the message it should work.  Only he said he was using FCE HD, probably a different version of Final Cut (?????).  It's all so confusing...

  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8

    That's your problem. You chose the DVCPRO HD Easy Setup...that's the wrong one. I said choose the HDV Easy Setup.  DVCPRO HD is an entirely different format, made by Panasonic.


    Choose HDV 1080i60

  • DaveKind Level 1 Level 1

    Actually, I found HDV - Apple Intermediate Codec 1080i60 and ended up getting the same blank window as before.


    I also found HDV - 1080i60 and HDV - 1080i60 Firewire Basic.  In both cases, the log and capture opened up but, again, the preview didn't work.  In those cases, the preview screen was completely blank.


    So far, DVD PRO HD - 1080i60 has come the closest to functioning, but I still can't get it to capture anything.



  • DaveKind Level 1 Level 1

    That's what I got right now:


    HDV - 1080i60


    Still having the same issues as with DVD PRO HD.   In fact, it's even worse.  All the clips I log are registered as having just one single frame.  At least with DVD PRO HD, it registers the start and stop time of each clip.  In regular HDV, I get nil.


    That's what happens when I hit "Log Clip".


    I try ANY of the capture buttons, and just get a blank screen with the caption "WAITING FOR DATA FROM DEVICE", and if the camera is playing, it suddenly stops and the whole capture process gets aborted.


    So far, of all the Easy Setup settings I tried, DVD PRO HD has worked the best, which is not speaking kindly of any of the other settings.

  • Meg The Dog Level 6 Level 6

    As Shane has said, DVCPRO HD is not the correct setting for your camera. Your camera does not shoot in that format, you must set FCP to the correct settings, so that it sees the camera source it expects.


    Since you have been changing setups with the camera connected, and trying to work with the incorrect setup, my suspicion is that you have corrupted your preferences.  The following is what I would do:


    Close FCP, and disconnect the camera and turn the camera off.


    Go the site-



    and download Preference Manager (free) and use Preference Manager to delete your FCP preferences. Preference manager will allow you to archive your existing FCP preferences if you want.


    Shut down your computer completely.


    Turn on your camera. Using the menus on your camera, make sure iLink convert is set to off. See page 59 of your manual.


    Now rewind your tape in the camera, and once rewound, turn the camera off, plug the iLink (firewire) cable into both the camera and the computer, and turn the camera on to the tape play mode.

    Start up the computer.


    When the computer is up and running, launch FCP.


    Go the the menu Final Cut Pro > Easy Setup and once the panel opens choose HDV 1080i60,

    Click Setup.


    Now, in FCP, go to the menu File > Log and Capture and see if you have it working now.



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