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Old May 16th, 2008, 08:46 PM   #1
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Cannot Capture in HDV on XH A1

Hi all,

this is my first post and I hope that this question hasn't been answered elsewhere.

I've just got a Canon XH-A1. When I try and capture (file transfer?) from the HDV tape via firewire it won't recognise the footage. It works when capturing in DV quality though. I suspect it is a codec related issue. I'm using the default video import in Vista. I'm somewhat loath to start installing codecs willy-nilly but if that's what I need to do then so be it.

Editing software I use is mainly VirtualDub and AviSynth (yes, I'm cheap). Is there anyway I can import the HDV footage without Console and/or Premiere?

Also, do you recommend taking the DV cassette out after use or just leaving it in there?

Any help with specific codecs (preferably open source) would be appreciated?


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Old May 16th, 2008, 09:16 PM   #2
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You can use HDVSplit. it's a free utility. It will generate the mpeg out as .m2t file. Google it.
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Old May 16th, 2008, 10:37 PM   #3
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Hi guys and gals,

Sorry about the ignorance of my first post. Thanks Taky, HDVSplit worked a treat. For anyone interested, for those using VirtualDub and AviSynth, and want to read the m2t file into Vdub. I create the following AviSynth Script


DirectShowSource("C:\Users\lwbannister\Desktop\test.m2t")

If you want to convert YUV to RGB then add the line

ConvertToRGB(matrix="rec709", interlaced=true)

if you are shooting progressive then the ConvertToRGB parameters are

ConvertToRGB(matrix="rec709")

I then load the script into VirtualDub and save it as a lossless Huffy avi in all it's HD glory to be used later.

Anyway, thanks for putting up with my teething probs


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