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  • Capturing from USB

    Posted by Lori Miranda on June 22, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    A friend shot some interviews for her work and asked me if I would just add some titles, fades and clean up the audio a bit. She shot on one of the Panasonic handycams that records to the camera’s harddrive and then to mini DVD. The only outputs on the camera are USB or A/V. I cannot get Final Cut to read the camera at all (even if I use the generic capture template and use non-controllable device). It just won’t read it. I tried Avid and imovie as well. Both of those read the camera but said there was no tape (which there isn’t) but I should be able to press play and record and do it that way.

    Is there any way to get Final Cut to read and digitize from this camera? Any one have any suggestions.

    Thanks so much in advance. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Andy Mees replied 15 years, 11 months ago 4 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Captain Mench

    June 22, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    I’d go A/V out to a DV cam and then in via FW. Don’t assume.

    Or, use something like DVDxDV or MpegStreamClip to convert to DV from the VOB files on the mini dvd.


  • Scott

    June 22, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Hi Lori,

    The camera shows up on the computer as a hard drive. ( You might need manufacture drivers for it to work…) Drag the files to another file and use the and transfer dialog window to import the files.

    If the files are not recognized by Final Cut, Use a free program like MPEG streamclip to convert them to quicktime’s.

    PS, Don’t assume, There are no VOB’s to convert. That’s the final destination format.

  • Lori Miranda

    June 22, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Thanks for your help. The computer doesn’t read the camera as a drive. It doesn’t seem to read it as anything. And unfortunately the footage was never finalized to the dvd. I tried to do it myself but it needs the AC adaptor to do that and apparently they’ve lost the ac adapter. I am not sure if I have any options here.

  • Andy Mees

    June 23, 2008 at 12:53 am

    I think you might find that the files ystem format of the miniDVD (UDF) is not supported on your version of the Mac OS. UDF filesystem support was only introduced to OS X with the latest release 10.5.
    If upgrading isnt an option then you might try installing ReadDVD from Software Architects, or try accessing the disc in Parallels, Bootcamp or a PC and grabbing the files from there.

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