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#1 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 08 July 2007 - 09:57 AM

At work three of us have MacBookPro 15" new March '06 with
Final Cut Express. We capture from Panasonic DVC-30 (Mini-DV.)Now I'm
the only one who can capture. The people at the Apple store say
that everything is okay; it must be a setting or switch on the
camera.

Our Panasonic vendor says that there is no such switch or setting
and that the camera is okay. Have swapped out Firewires and
attempted to narrow down all variables. In between the camera
and
laptop we use a Belkin 6-Port Hub which checks out okay.

Under "Easy Setup" I have



Setup For: Custom Setup


Sequence Preset: DV NTSC 48 khz
Capture Preset DV NTSC 48 khz
Device Control Preset Firewire NTSC Basic
Playback output video: None
Playback output audio: Firewire DV
PTV Output video: same as playback
PTV Output audio: same as playback


Also can't print to tape and so must go through i-DVD, burn
a DVD and then dub that to tape for delivering on Mini-DV.

Does anybody have any idea what's up with this? THANKS!
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#2 Keith Mottram

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Posted 08 July 2007 - 02:04 PM

At work three of us have MacBookPro 15" new March '06 with
Final Cut Express. We capture from Panasonic DVC-30 (Mini-DV.)Now I'm
the only one who can capture. The people at the Apple store say
that everything is okay; it must be a setting or switch on the
camera.

Our Panasonic vendor says that there is no such switch or setting
and that the camera is okay. Have swapped out Firewires and
attempted to narrow down all variables. In between the camera
and
laptop we use a Belkin 6-Port Hub which checks out okay.

Under "Easy Setup" I have
Setup For: Custom Setup
Sequence Preset: DV NTSC 48 khz
Capture Preset DV NTSC 48 khz
Device Control Preset Firewire NTSC Basic
Playback output video: None
Playback output audio: Firewire DV
PTV Output video: same as playback
PTV Output audio: same as playback
Also can't print to tape and so must go through i-DVD, burn
a DVD and then dub that to tape for delivering on Mini-DV.

Does anybody have any idea what's up with this? THANKS!


difficult to tell but first of all would skip the belkin adaptor as you want a direct link only and then throw away your fcp express preferences (they are liable to corruption) so that you're starting from scratch. then chose easy setup ntsc dv (why would you use custom?) then try. if it still doesn't work I would eliminate each variable- ie take camera to another edit bay and try it with that comp and visa versa with the macbook. elimanation is the name of the game.
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#3 ryan_bennett

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Posted 08 July 2007 - 09:21 PM

Is it the tape? Any time code breaks?
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#4 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 08 July 2007 - 09:39 PM

It's definitely not the tapes, Certainly Capture can be interrupted and stopped by timecode breaks but it has
to be capturing first. We use the Belkin because we capture through the MacBookPro to an external Lacie
FW 400 and we have only one Firewire 400 port but need to connect from camera to laptop and from laptop
to Lacie.

Good suggestions though. I'll test capturing to laptop hard drive (eliminate hub) and check easu set-up.


Thanks.
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#5 Keith Mottram

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Posted 09 July 2007 - 05:32 AM

It's definitely not the tapes, Certainly Capture can be interrupted and stopped by timecode breaks but it has
to be capturing first. We use the Belkin because we capture through the MacBookPro to an external Lacie
FW 400 and we have only one Firewire 400 port but need to connect from camera to laptop and from laptop
to Lacie.

Good suggestions though. I'll test capturing to laptop hard drive (eliminate hub) and check easu set-up.
Thanks.


i'd be stun ned if you can go in and out at the same time through one firewire port, in fact i'd eat my limited edition apple baseball cap.
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#6 Simon Miya

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Posted 09 July 2007 - 01:47 PM

We use the Belkin because we capture through the MacBookPro to an external Lacie
FW 400 and we have only one Firewire 400 port but need to connect from camera to laptop and from laptop
to Lacie.


There is your problem.
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#7 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 09 July 2007 - 03:03 PM

i'd be stun ned if you can go in and out at the same time through one firewire port, in fact i'd eat my limited edition apple baseball cap.




For a the past year I've been connecting from the MacBookPro's Firewire 400 port to the Belkin Hub
and then connecting one Firewire 400 to the Lacie(s) that I use and another Firewire to the DV camera
and I can capture through the computer to the Lacie and edit from the Lacie.


My coworkers have the same equipment but are unable to do this.
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#8 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 09 July 2007 - 03:04 PM

There is your problem.



How so? It works for my equipment but not my coworkers' equipment.
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