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Old June 26th, 2009, 07:15 AM   #1
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newbie help capturing footage from someone else

Hi Guys

sorry for asking for help again! i'll try and be quick.

filmed an awards ceremony last night - I did interviews in a corridor outside main room - but for the awards themselves gave MiniDV tapes to the AV guys who were shooting and recording for the big screen.

Now when I try to capture their stuff in FCP firstly it just came up black with 'awaiting timecode message' so after some research i changed the device settings to 'non-controllable device'(where you have to press play manually) this seemed to work, but only for about 3 seconds when FCP says something like:

"data capture encountered a problem reading the data on your source tape - this could be a problem with the tape"

but the tape seems fine when I play and view it in the camera - all though the engineer recording it did mention that the tapes could only fit 40 mins on each when normally they take 1hr footage.

any ideas/solutions or even if you can work out what the problem is would be much appreciated. my deadline for this is literally "ASAP"!
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Old June 26th, 2009, 08:05 AM   #2
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It's not recorded DV. It's recorded DVCam. Get a deck (or camera) capable of DVCam playback and voilá. Sony Z1, PD150/170 cameras will do the job.
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Old June 26th, 2009, 08:43 AM   #3
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It's not recorded DV. It's recorded DVCam. Get a deck (or camera) capable of DVCam playback and voilá. Sony Z1, PD150/170 cameras will do the job.
thanks shaun - do you know if canon XM2 is capable of this? google not being much help and dont have the manual with me
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Old June 26th, 2009, 08:45 AM   #4
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as a side note - manged to get most of it captured after numerous restarts - but the sound and picture jumps - i expect this is due to problem already identified by Shaun above.
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Old June 26th, 2009, 11:08 AM   #5
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DVCAM is a sony proprietary thing. The good news is that any cheap sony 1 chip mini dv camera will play it back proper. Canon will not. You'll need to find yourself a sony camera.
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Old June 30th, 2009, 04:59 AM   #6
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great thanks
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Old July 10th, 2009, 03:54 AM   #7
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if anyone's interested you can see the finished article here LocalGov.co.uk - Your authority on UK Local Government > LocalGov.co.uk - Your authority on UK Local Government > The 2009 MJ Achievement Award Winners (without the DV cam footage sadly)
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