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  • Capturing HDV Video from a Sony HDR-FX7

  • Dirk D. Lopez

    September 9, 2010 at 1:18 am

    I can control the camera via FCP just fine. But I get no picture in the capturing screen. Then as soon as I try to capture footage it just errors out.

    Ugh, I have found a lot posts regarding issues with capturing HDV footage from the FX7 and FCP. But I have found no solid answers. I don’t understand why I cant capture footage, it shouldnt be this hard.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  • Michael Gissing

    September 9, 2010 at 1:32 am

    Try searching this forum for HDV capture. The most common problems are the settings in the camera menu being set to downconvert to DV codec and the next culprits are selecting the correct Easy setup. There are more like the order in which machines are connected and powered on as you will discover.

    So check the settings. Also if you want help sorting a problem, you have to tell us what your settings are and any other helpful information.

  • Dirk D. Lopez

    September 9, 2010 at 7:01 am

    Thanks for the reply. After checking out your answer I decided to try a different Easy Setup. I was able to successfully capture but I’m not sure if it’s the right size.

    It’s capturing at 720×480 which we know is SD. Is that because I shot on MiniDV? I was expecting HD res and HD 1080i files. How do I get the 1080i HD footage off this tape?

    My Easy Setup:

    My clip settings:

    What am I doing wrong?

  • Vanessa Lee

    March 12, 2015 at 3:47 am

    The SONY HDR-FX7 can record both DV and HDV 1080i (even in combination on the same tape), but the MiniDV tape you have must be a MiniDV HDV tape (make sure it says “HDV” on the tape’s label).

    Also, make sure that your camera’s REC FORMAT is set to HDV1080I if you want to record in HDV (On your camera, press MENU->IN/OUT REC->REC FORMAT).

    In FCP, your Audio/Video Settings should look like this for the SONY HDR-FX7:

    Before you ingest, make sure you first rewind your tape on your camera in VCR mode, then connect using a firewire/ilink cable, connect from the computer first then to your camera (“or else static electricity can damage it” -manual).

    Once connected, run FCP and go to Log & Capture (COMMAND + 8), it will ask you for a name to prepend to all the clips, enter a short name and click Ok.

    If everything works correctly, a window will pop up showing the capture in real time. Press ESCAPE when you are done. Note that it will capture to separate files depending on record start/stop points.

    The captured files (hopefully) will be in prores 442 format and 1920×1080 resolution in the Capture Scratch folder.

    Hope this helps.

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