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My deck currently will not log and capture footage into my Final Cut Pro.When initilize my deck from Final Cut Pro I see and hear my deck turn on. If I play my sequence from my timeline I see it play through the monitor that hooked up to my DSR-1500.I can record previous programs from Final Cut to my DSR.When I go to Log and Capture on my deck none of the controls work.I hooked up one of my mini-dv cams via firewire to the computer and I had full control of the camera.  So that deals me that it my DSR and not my Final Cut Pro.Would love the help.  ThanksBrian Briggs

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HHHhhhmmmm. I'd suggest the DV mode and if you camera has the option to output DV as letter box select this, as it is a faster version to edit with (due to compression of HDV). I don't know the camera but VTR is just the playing mode, so play the file you want while trying to connect. Is the signal coming from tape? If it is catured to the harddrive of the camera you will need to import not capture.
USB does not support video, USB2 maybe.

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For more information, see HD and Broadcast Formats and the Final Cut Pro / Final Cut Express User Manual, available under the Final Cut Pro / Final Cut Express Help menu

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