I am trying to capture HDV as DVCPROHD with my XH-A1 but cant seem to get the camera and Final cut 6 settings to work together. In FCP 5 I used to be able to have deck control via firewire while the cameras was hooked up to the Kona LH via component inputs. Now I can capture as DVCPROHD but the deck control wont work so no batch capture. I really want to batch capture. I did try the HDV capture as Prores and that worked well but I would like the option of batching and I dont think I can do that with prores. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
[Erik N]“I did try the HDV capture as Prores and that worked well but I would like the option of batching and I dont think I can do that with prores.”
Capturing HDV to Pro Res via firewire captures every take on a tape from camera start to camera stop on each tape, that sure seems like batch capture. Of course logging muct be done after the fact, but that’s no big deal.
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Thanks. I will try that again. I was in easy setup using the firewire settings. I tryed all of them with no luck so went to log and capture and changed the capture setting to firewire. I did try all the available firewire settings but none worked for my XH-A1.
I’m confused. ProRes422 is just a codec, just like DVCproHD. How come you can batch digitize with one, but not the other?
I don’t have a Kona LH, but we do have a Kona 3 and an Io-HD. Select ProRes or DVCproHD in the Easy Setup menu. After you do this, you will probably need to go the Audio/Video settings, and change machine control to Firewire. That always works for me.
I used to capture from a Canon H1 via HD SDI uncompressed using firewire control. The camera had to be set to downconvert to DV via firewire and then machine control worked in a custom setup.
That said, transcoding to DVCPro100HD via component inputs is not a good workflow compared to straight ingest as HDV and setting render to ProRes. You don’t want the double hit of component conversion and transcoding to Pro100. Messy workflow and technically more of a drop than HDV in and ProRes render.
I am happily doing that with a 2.5 G5. Personally, I can’t see any point in considering DVCPro 100HD unless it is also your camera format. I don’t see a role for it in HDV particularly since ProRes.
I want to do log and capture. Mainly for safety reasons. If my drive dies then I will be able to rebiuld the project and relink the video to my sequence. Batching the whole tape in HDV to prores wont give me that option. Final Cut wont log and capture HDV to Prores. I am working on a training DVD series that has several hours of HDV. If the only way to achieve my goal is to log and capture in HDV and render in prores then I will go that way.