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  • DVCPRO50 FireWire Capture

  • Scott Thomas

    April 18, 2006 at 7:22 am

    I just did my first DVCPRO50 capture into FinalCutPro 5.0 and ran into the audio sync issues on doing a “Capture Now”. Thanks to the COW (and the search tool) I was able to find the workaround of doing a Log and then capturing. What was a Khz audio track is now the proper 48. -Yay!

    Does anyone know if this was fixed in FCP 5.1? I should probably upgrade anyway. Does anyone know if Apple will have the 5.1 disks available on the NAB show floor?

    Again, thanks for the answer to my capture problem!!!

    -Scott Thomas

  • Arnie Schlissel

    April 18, 2006 at 3:11 pm

    Logging & capturing should be your standard workflow. Even if you want to capture whole tape rolls, it’s best to log the head & tail of them 1st. You’ll find that all sorts of little (& not so little!) problems will simply disappear if you take the few minutes it takes to find the head & tail of your tape.

    I find that something like 95% or more of tapes come to me tails out, so I just mark an out a second or so before the tail, then rewind to the head & mark an in at the end of the color bars, log the clip & click the batch button. I routinely do this with DVCam tapes that are 3 hours long & I don’t have any of the synch or media problems that most people who capture whole tape rolls seem to get.


  • Scott Thomas

    April 18, 2006 at 10:54 pm

    Yes, I understand the workflow. I just didn’t need to edit the footage I was importing. I just needed to convert it for use in another editor, our dreaded Accom Affinity. Our only DVCPRO50 deck has Firewire and no SDI so I took it home and used it with my personal FCP system. Yes, I have a better editor than the company I work for. 🙂

  • Arnie Schlissel

    April 18, 2006 at 11:19 pm

    Sorry if I sounded preachy! It’s just that soooo much of the traffic here is really just bad work habits.


  • Scott Thomas

    April 19, 2006 at 12:50 am

    I understand what you are saying. The people I work with, to my knowledge, have never ever logged a tape, nothing timecoded, nothing labeled. I’ve saved them on many projects where I had saved the media files from an edit. (I’m graphics and effects) Because the clips were loaded live, there was no timecode. Because the tapes weren’t labeled, even if they did have timecode, they couldn’t redigitize. There isn’t even a system for organizing finished projects. Ahh, the fun of a small market TV station. Don’t get me started on lack of scopes and monitors that don’t underscan. 🙂

  • Arnie Schlissel

    April 19, 2006 at 2:40 pm

    I feel your pain. I have a client that’s renting his FCP suite out to an ‘up & coming’ (read: fly by night) production company. I work in this suite on a regular basis with beta, both offline & as 8 bit uncompressed (which I online using FCP’s media manager), & for me the suite is rock solid. Yet for these guys, the same suite, working with mini DV, crashes constantly, with disks & files becoming corrupted all the time. It turns out their tapes come out of the camera not only with TC breaks at every shot, but the TC typically jumps forward or back a few minutes at each new shot. And yet, they refuse to learn how to log & batch.


  • Bob Woodhead

    April 19, 2006 at 11:07 pm

    “Tails out”…. methinks Arnie’s seen the days of open-reel VTR’s & film….

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