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Old November 14th, 2007, 07:37 PM   #1
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FCP 6.02 update adds EX Support

I just ran a software update on my mac and noticed that apple have released a 6.02 update to final cut (and an update most of the fcs suite) amongst which are a lot of changes to support the XDCAM EX.

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http://www.apple.com/support/release...ut_Pro_6.0_rn/
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Old November 15th, 2007, 07:08 AM   #2
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You may need to go to the apple site to download the updates.

Also the new sony transfer tool version 2.1 went live on www.sonybiz.net/xdcam today
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Old November 15th, 2007, 08:57 AM   #3
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Thanks Paul and Alister for keeping us up to date.
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Old November 15th, 2007, 11:28 AM   #4
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Has anyone found the XDCAM EX Plug-in for FC that is required? The final cut release notes specify it but defer to a sony link which reveals very little.

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Old November 15th, 2007, 12:28 PM   #5
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Vince,

Alister's post above contains the link to what's needed. There are numerous references in the XDCAM Transfer Software v2.1 software update page that references importing into Final Cut Pro, so hopefully this will do the trick

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Old November 15th, 2007, 01:15 PM   #6
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Thanks Brent but the release notes refer to an XDCAM EX plug-in in addition to the xdcam transfer 2.1 software. that's what I'm looking for.

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Old November 15th, 2007, 01:32 PM   #7
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I would hope all the Sony software we need will come with the camera.
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Old November 15th, 2007, 01:54 PM   #8
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I have just installed both the Transfer Software Updatge v2.1 and the FCP 6.0.2 update, and now in the FCP File->Import menu there is an option to import Sony XDCAM. When you invoke the import option, it brings up a Sony XDCAM Transfer UI that says "Use the Add button to insert media into a connected XMCAM device".

When I point the transfer UI to an 'MXF' file, it does nothing. I can't select an XDCAM EX MP4 file (as found on the forum here). There doesn't seem to be a way to just import a file from anything other than an XDCAM device...

EDIT: correction, it looks like the Add... button wants you to specify a Source location and not a source file. When you press the 'Add...' button, do not select a file - just navigate to the source file location, then click Open - if you select a file, then it won't do anything. Once I did this, I was able to import an MXF file from an XDCAM HD (?), but it wouldn't see the MP4 files from an XDCAM EX

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Same here. There's another plug-in we need to find and i have not been able to yet.

"Transfer software and an XDCAM EX plug-in. For more information about this software, go to the Sony website at http://www.sony.com/xdcam."

"Important: A separate plug-in from Sony is required to enable these features."

it's in the release notes twice.

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Old November 15th, 2007, 02:23 PM   #10
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hmmm... In the Sony docs for the transfer software, they refer to the FCP plug-in as part of the package (which does enable the Import functionality). The docs also explicitly refer to the XDCAM EX files as MP4 files. So, it's getting close.

I wonder if the sony.com link versus the sonybiz.net is just a country thing (since sonybiz.net doesn't offer United States as a country choice)

still, it doesn't work... :-)

Alister - have you gotten it to work with the clips you've captured?
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Old November 15th, 2007, 02:32 PM   #11
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Did you guys see the SxS PRO device driver on this page? - http://www.sonybiz.net/biz/view/Show...=1193315621889

could that be what your missing?
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Old November 15th, 2007, 02:39 PM   #12
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yes, I did also install the sxs driver. I found that it's the same version driver that shipped with the xdcam clip viewer. I think it only serves to let sxs cards be mounted and accessed on the Mac
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I can't select an XDCAM EX MP4 file (as found on the forum here).

EDIT: correction, it looks like the Add... button wants you to specify a Source location and not a source file. When you press the 'Add...' button, do not select a file - just navigate to the source file location, then click Open - if you select a file, then it won't do anything. Once I did this, I was able to import an MXF file from an XDCAM HD (?), but it wouldn't see the MP4 files from an XDCAM EX
The Sony Browser required one to use ADD to select an MP4 file. This action, however, seems wrong to me.

It is possible that ADD works ONLY if you select a CARD. That makes sense as ADD would mean "add" MEDIA DEVICE. Once a DEVICE was added, all the MP4 files would show-up.

If so, you need to fake a card. Probably not possible. But it raises the question of how files you copy from a card to other device can be imported into FCP.
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Old November 15th, 2007, 03:50 PM   #14
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Works on a macbookpro?

Hello, i am a new youser of Finalcutpro i used for long time casablanca systems.
I want buy a last generation Apple macbook pro 17 . Does 1080p, 35Mbit/s EX1 footage works good and fast on this nootebook?
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Old November 15th, 2007, 04:11 PM   #15
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So with this, you don't need an intel mac right. A regular G5 should be ok?
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