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Canon XH G1S / G1 (with SDI), Canon XH A1S / A1 (without SDI).

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Old September 24th, 2009, 10:47 PM   #1
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I just got my XHA1 and am trying to capture in FCP6. I have my A1 in VCR/PLAY mode, my DV firewire cable connected, and FCP doesn't recognize the camera when I open FCP, and when I open log and capture I get "Unable to Initialize Capture Device"..."device is not connected or the capture preset is not setup correctly."
My capture presets are set as HDV1080i60, HDV, HDV Firewire basic. I shot my footage in HDV60i, but was recording over standard DV footage from before (which I didn't want to do, but had a shoot, and didn't have any other that a problem too?)
anyways, I've been reading that a lot of people have had problems setting up their A1 for capture, but none that I read fully fixed my problem.

i was reading before that someone fixed their problem by turning OFF HD Down Convert...but those options were ghosted out for me so I was confused...I took my DV cable out though, and they unghosted, I changed HD Downconvert from ON > OFF and now my problem has been solved
question though - why does it ghost the options?
and maybe someone can explain the HD Down Convert a little better than the manual?

Last edited by Adam Chilton; September 24th, 2009 at 10:56 PM. Reason: problem overcommed.
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