Hello hive mind - I've a bunch of mini DV tapes and a couple of players (VX1000 & GV -D900E) that can output via mini firewire cable. Q what would you recommend I get connector/dock wise to be able too import (if possible) for editing - many thanks
Haven't done in ages but if you can get the firewire connection to your Mac and open the file import window in Final Cut doesn't your tape/camera show up automatically? For trouble shooting ideas search for 'firewire' in Final Cut Pro help.
Hi Carsten, I have a mish mash of cables that I'm trying to use but FCP does not show any camera input so I'm thinking one or more elements my not be allowing the signal through? Current string is: mini DV firewire to 400 cable into 400 to 800 adapter into 800 to thunderbolt 2 adapter and lastly, and here is where I'm not sure if its the correct version a thunderbolt 2/mini display port to usb 3 connector. I'm not sure If the last one is only mini display if it would work correctly? - Thanks
If you have a Blackmagic Video Assist or Atomos Ninja pipe the camera into that and be done with all those finicky cable connections.
Used to use a Focus Firestore for video file capture instead of tape. One other option is to use iMovie to collect the files. Did this some time ago so going by memory here but when Final Cut 7 and then FCPX had difficulty recognizing the camera I was able to do so in iMovie.
One other option is the Atomos Connect HDMI to USB AV capture device then OBS software to collect the signal. You've likely spent hours cobbling something together trying to get things going direct into FCP but the fastest way is to gather the file outside FCP & then throw that into the NLE.
We’ll eat your words Carsten. Google and you shall find this: www.pro-tools-expert.com/production-expe...old-audio-interfaces
. Looks like the chain of adapters are not your problem. I remember when I searched the FCP help file for ‘FireWire’ there was also a mention of compatible devices. Maybe you have to check if your Camcorders are actually on the list?
Final Cut Pro is compatible with most MiniDV tape-based camcorders using DV and HDV formats, which use a FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.LINK) cable to transfer video. Avoid disconnecting FireWire devices during import to prevent unexpected behavior or unusable imported media. Please note that FireWire hubs are not recommended for devices in use with Final Cut Pro.
Well it transpires that my wife has a better memory than me. After telling her about all the efforts of the contributors to this problem she has reminded me that her old MBP has a firewire port! I have therefore been able to transfer the DV footage using QT ad free running the tapes. - Thanks again to all that posted advice, much appreciated, In future I'll have to pass things via my wife first I think?