Question about Canon XH A1 Mini DV Digital Camcorder
When I try to digitize HDV footage at 1080i60 from my Canon XH-A1 I get the box saying: "Unable to Initialize Capture Device. Device is not
connected or the capture preset is not setup correctly. You may still log offline clips. This might also happen if you play DV footage in an HDV device."
I've tried all the AV settings in FCP for HDV...HDV firewire basic, etc. and I've used 2 different firewire cables which I know both work. I have FCP 6.0.1 on my G5. I've checked forums on-line, taken all the recommended steps such as opening FCP after the firewire is connected to the Mac and xh-a1. Whatever anyone has suggested, I've tried. Does anyone have a solution?
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Many HDV cameras and decks are able to play and record DV as well as the higher-resolution HDV format. Additionally, many of these HDV devices will attempt to automatically change their settings to match the format of the tape that it's playing. Here are some tips for using these types of devices with Final Cut Pro / Final Cut Express.
Tip: Make explicit settings on your HDV device. Instead of using an "Auto" setting, make your own settings on your HDV device to keep the communication going between it and Final Cut Pro / Final Cut Express. This also helps Final Cut Pro / Final Cut Express keep things running smoothly with HDV devices that handle both DV-NTSC and DV-PAL.
For example, say you're using an HDV deck to capture footage from a tape that was recorded as DV-NTSC. Before capturing in Final Cut Pro / Final Cut Express, make sure that you set the deck to DV mode specifically—don't rely on Auto mode. With some devices, you may need to disconnect it from FireWire to change the mode.
For a common capture workflow, this sequence of steps can provide the best results:
Tip: Use an Easy Setup to play back non-default HDV format footage on your HDV device. You can use Final Cut Pro / Final Cut Express to make your HDV device play back footage in its non-default HDV format. For example, maybe you have a 1080i60 HDV device and want to play back footage that was recorded as 1080i50. Or perhaps you have a 1808i50 HDV device and you want to play back footage that was recorded as 1080i60. To do this, follow these steps:
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
Posted on Dec 04, 2007
SOURCE: when I capture HDV footage
Make sure the properties for the project you start after the ingest match the frame rate you used to record. Reads like 29.97 speed setting looking at images recorded at 24f.
Posted on Jan 14, 2009
SOURCE: Please help me...When I connect
Try playing the tape before connecting up to the mac with the firewire and before loading FCP up. Usually fixes it for me when using either iMovie to import or FCP
Posted on Jan 21, 2010
Play the tape on the camera before connecting it to the mac and loading up the software. You could always see if iMovie is giving the same error message too... This usually fixes the problem for me and usually arises when switching between SD and HD on the camera.
Posted on Jan 21, 2010
The most likely cause is a component failure in the power circuit. This can be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not really a user serviceable problem and should be looked at by a qualified technician. Here is a link to a repair shop that should be able to help you.
Posted on Nov 17, 2011
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