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Old April 1st, 2008, 04:23 PM   #1
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Can I unload EX1 files to my iBook?

Hi
We are off to a shoot tomorrow and our new SxS cards didn´t arrive in time (as promised).
We have a Mac Pro with us, but we will be out in the field most of the day.
The question is if I can unload the files from the EX1 onto my iBook and drag them over to the Mac Pro at the end of the day or do I need the Transfer Tool?
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Old April 1st, 2008, 04:55 PM   #2
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You'll need the SxS drivers for the computer to see the camera once you plug it in but not the transfer tool.

XDCAM TRANSFER is only for converting the file on the SxS to the FCP friendly format.

I would copy the whole BPAV folder over to your internal (or external) drive or if your ibook has the DVD burner, also make an image of your card.

Be sure to make separate folders for each BPAV folder so you don't overwrite the previous one.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 05:11 PM   #3
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Thanks. That was good news.
Do I find the SxS drivers at the Sony site?
After reading a bit I realize I can´t use the Transfer tool as I need FCP 5 or later. I have FC 4 on the iBook.

Just need to do a spring cleaning of my ibook to free up some space

Edit: Found the drivers so I should be good to go. Thanks again
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Old April 1st, 2008, 05:44 PM   #4
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You could download the Sony Transfer Tool for your iBook but you wouldn't be able to use it to transcode the files or even look at the video because the EX1 codecs reside with FCP 6.0.2 and not with the Transfer Tool software. But you'll still need to download and install this program in order to get the FAM Driver (software driver that allows the SxS Pro card to appear on the desktop).

Install the Transfer Tool and the FAM Driver onto your iBook. Since you don't have an Express 34 slot on your laptop you'll have to use the camera as the "deck" and connected to the iBook via USB.

Follow the instructions from the other posters here regarding dragging the BPAV folder from each card and putting it into a uniquely named folder on your media drive. Use a new folder with a unique name for EACH NEW CARD TRANSFER. Very important.

Go here to get the Sony Transfer Tool/FAM driver combo. Make sure your iBook meets minimum system requirements for the Sony software first to avoid any problems in the field later.

https://servicesplus.us.sony.biz/son...x?model=PDZKP1

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