Using Sony HVR-Z1U with a firewire iLink cable to the Macbook Pro with a Western Digital USB 2TB external disk that seems to be operating correctly. After successfully capturing one tape using a starting file that an editor friend of mine provided with 1080i HDV Apple Intermediate Codec, I kept going and now it just freezes. Worse than just the application freezing, the whole system freezes. I'm an audio guy, all of this stuff is new to me and I'm really just trying to archive tapes for now, but since they were shot with an HD camera, I want the HD. Interestingly, for one batch of tapes that I only wanted SD captures of, the process went smooth using or Final Cut. Now, using HD in Final Cut, I'm toast. What to do?
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.