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Old September 15th, 2007, 01:28 PM   #1
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Impossible to Recapture HDV? (Vegas 7.0d)

Recapturing HDV clips with Vegas 7.0d doesn't seem to work.

I tried connecting my Canon A1, and right click an offline clip in the Project Media tab. "Recapture" is still greyed out. "Recapture All Offline Media" is selectable, but when I click it nothing happens. (And there's nothing wrong with my firewire connection.)

So I try opening the Capture utility in Vegas, which is how I originally captured my HDV footage. The Clip Log shows a list of all the clips, including those that are currently offline. However there is apparently no start/end timecode info associated with each clip, and when I right click an offline clip in the Clip Log, and select "Capture -> Capture All Clips, Capture Selected Clips, Capture Offline Clips" all these options are grayed out.

I tested recapturing DV footage, which uses a different capture utility within Vegas. Everything behaves as I think it should (it recaptures the clip according to their in/out timecodes like every other NLE I've ever used).

But the Vegas HDV capture utility appears *absolutely worthless,* because apparently it doesn't allow me to:

1. Capture a clip
2. Take that clip offline
3. Recapture the clip according to its original timecode.

Please tell me if I'm doing something wrong.

(btw I do not have Media Manager installed, could this be the problem?)
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Old September 15th, 2007, 03:07 PM   #2
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Some PCs don't read timecode off of HDV because HDV timecode is encoded directly in a HDV stream through firewire that is different than DV with a separate timecode stream from the video through firewire. Sometimes the PC reads for DV timecode instead of the HDV encoded timecode in HDV capture mode.

Try to approximate the timecodes of the offline files, and manually recapture.

If that doesn't work, reinstall the capture driver "Microsoft AV/C device".
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Old September 15th, 2007, 06:55 PM   #3
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But doesn't manually recapturing with approximate timecodes make the entire project file useless? Let's say I've edited a project timeline with 1000 cuts. Then I take all the footage offline. How would I ever be able to recapture and reassemble that exact timeline again?

There must be something else to this equation.

And how do I reinstall that capture driver?

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Old September 17th, 2007, 08:47 AM   #4
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Is what Jack suggests really the only option?

How do I reinstall the capture driver Microsoft AV/C device?
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