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  • Hesitant to ask but…No video on NTSC monitor

  • ralph bertini

    January 22, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    OK I’m risking the wrath of the forum god for asking such an elemental question but after nearly 2 hours of fiddling with it, I can’t video out on an NTSC monitor. I’m setting up our mac lab in preparation for classes. We’ve ordered new JVC mini-dv decks but they’re not here yet. Turns out that glaciers move faster than our purchasing dept but that’s another story. I’m using some older panasonic dv-2000 decks for now. I got them to work as far as machine control, capturing ok. When I try to play out from the timeline, nada. Checked every concievable setting on the mac and deck. Funny, when I’m changing things I can see the monitor apparently getting something from the mac but it’s not video. Of course playback the tape/digitizing no problems. What am I missing??
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  • Captain Mench

    January 22, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    Ok — so FW to the dv deck and then the deck to the monitor?

    Check in FCP… VIEW – EXTERNAL PLAYBACK — ALL FRAMES. Might be set to OFF.

    Also – make sure no windows are overlapping and your canvas is set to Fit To Window size.

    Good luck,


  • Shane Ross

    January 22, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    #8 External Monitor Viewing.

    Shane’s Stock Answer #8:

    A simple path is mac > firewire > camera or deck > rca cables > tv

    Then start up your camera and tv, then open fcp.

    Then go View > External video > all frames
    Video playback should be Apple firewire NTSC (If you are using an NTSC set)
    Audio playback should be Audio follows Video

    Techinially, this should send synched video to your TV

    If for some reason you can’t view your timeline on your external monitor, there are a few things to try:

    1) Make sure that the camera/deck is connected and powered on BEFORE you open FCP.

    2) In the Final Cut Pro menu select AUDIO/VIDEO Preferences and make sure your signal is being sent out thru Firewire DV.

    3) Go to the menu and select VIEW>EXTERNAL>ALL FRAMES.

    4) Click in the % box above the image and select FIT TO WINDOW.

    5) Go to VIEW->refresh A/V devices

    6) Make sure the Log & Capture window is closed

    If you want it to play in both the canvas and the external monitor you need to go to the FINAL CUT PRO menu and select AUDIO/VIDIO settings and make sure MIRROR ON DESKTOP is selected under the PLAYBACK OUTPUT section


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  • ralph bertini

    January 22, 2007 at 9:17 pm

    Thanks Shane,
    I checked all those settings as you suggested. They are correct. I’m going do more obvious things like change out the deck, new FW cable (although if I can digitize, its ok) and try a dvcam dsr 25 which I know works cause it’s on my setup. This may be a dunb question but does it matter which FW port I use. I have the Graid2 on the FW 800 port in back and was connencted to the FW400 port in back. I moved it to the front but there isn’t any difference.

  • Shane Ross

    January 22, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    Shouldn’t matter.

    Anything else connected via firewire? It might be interfering.


    Littlefrog Post

  • ralph bertini

    January 22, 2007 at 10:10 pm

    No, there is nothing else. Graid is on FW800 and DV deck on 1394 port in front

  • Captain Mench

    January 23, 2007 at 6:12 pm

    My DSR11 just works… so I’ve never dug into it. Chance a toggle on the front is off — or if you still have it.. use your remote to get to the menu system on the DSR and make sure everything is set to pass thru.


  • ralph bertini

    January 23, 2007 at 9:08 pm

    I hooked up my dsr 40 and voila! it works! Turns out that the panasonic deck I was trying to use has an actual problem. I hooked up another pany deck and…it works fine. These decks are temporary until my JVC’s arrive. So far out of 8 decks, only 2 work. I’ve tried going into every nook and cranny of the decks and can’t find any useful menu to do anything. I’m chalking it up to mechanical/electrical failure. I’m going onto panasonics website and have a look at the manual.

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