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Old March 15th, 2007, 08:09 PM   #1
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Mac/FCP won't see F70 deck

A producer just dropped off a F70 XDCAM deck but I can't get my MAC (intel Quad) to see it.
The transfer software seems to be installed correctly and I've swapped firewire cables.

Is there a trick to this I'm not getting? I don't have a manual for the deck so I haven't a clue what to try.

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Old March 15th, 2007, 08:23 PM   #2
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Okay I think I'm learning a little. The mode is set to av/c which is what I need anyway to downconvert to SD, right?

I can see the disk in FCP but I can't seem to control it and FCP doesn't see timecode. Any hints?

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Old March 16th, 2007, 08:47 AM   #3
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I am using Avid on a PC so it is probably different but, Are you trying to digitize material using deck control or import the files directly?

Go to the interface select menu on the deck. There you can switch how the computer sees the deck thru the firewire cable between A/V (traditional audio video signal) or FAM mode (File Access mode) like a hard drive.
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Old March 17th, 2007, 08:24 AM   #4
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Warren

If you want to mount the disk on the desktop and use XDCAM Transfer for import and export of your media then you must change the deck to FAM mode (and install the Sony XDCAM Transfer software available from their download page)

If you want to capture using Log and Capture then the deck needs to be in A/VC which is its tape deck emulation mode ... in that mode HD media can be downcoverted and captured via the FW (or SDI) outputs

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Old March 17th, 2007, 05:43 PM   #5
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Warren, just a warning on the deck with the firewire 400 connection.
It is some what easy to plug the firewire 400 cable in backwards and
think/feel like it is a firm connection/fit.
This would burn out the circuit in the deck. So, be careful...
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