2007 September 10th, 15:11
Final Cut Express HD Not Recognizing HV20
Okay ... a Mac newbie here. Recently went crazy and bought a MacBook Pro (after 25 years as a PC-only geek), a new copy of Final Cut Express Had 3.5, and of course, my HV20. Shot a couple of tapes worth of video in Hawaii last week. Bought a new firewire cable (4-pin to 6-pin) and connected the HV20 to my MacBook Pro (yes, both are turned on!) but the software doesn't think anything is plugged in.
Also, I can't find any information about which "protocol" to use for the HV20. The FCE HD asks me which protocol I want to use as default and I don't have a clue. I've tried several that are in the menu and none seem to recogninze my HV20 signal.
Help!! My wife thinks I spent several thousand $$$s on something we can't even use to make movies of our grandkids. I'm in deep doodoo if I don't get this working soon.
2007 September 10th, 18:05
Works with FCP, not sure about FCE
Since you are using the $$$ sign instead of the euro, I assume that you have an NTSC camera.
Try these settings: In Final Cut, under the Final Cut menu look for 'Easy Setup' and select 'HDV - 1080i60'
Under the 'File' menu look for 'Log and Capture' (if it's grayed out, recheck your cable and make sure your camera is on). If the 'Log and Capture' window is open, try the controls and see if your footage plays back. (You should at least see timecode in the upper right window, even if there is no image.
Good luck. The setup is often the most difficult part of Final Cut, I have found.
2007 September 10th, 18:13
Also - make sure you plug the camera into the computer BEFORE you launch Final Cut.
2007 September 12th, 15:10
Thanks, it worked!
Okay, I tried both suggestions and was able to capture video. The key seems to be to connect and turn on the HV20 BEFORE launching FCE HD. I also had to reset the protocol in FCE for Apple Codex 1080. That did it. Unfortunately, my joy was over when I got a "end of tape" message about 3 minutes into the capture of a 35 minute tape. I spent another 45 frustrating minutes trying to figure out why -- checked several posts on this site --- and then felt like a complete idiot when I realized that my battery on the HV20 was dead and had shut off the camcorder. Doh! I'm learning. Slowly, but I'm learning. Thanks again for the help, folks. This is an awesome resource!
2007 September 13th, 01:57
Why buy FCE for $350, when you can get Uber FCP and seven other great programs in FCS 2 for $699. (academic) or upgrade for $499.
2007 October 8th, 00:22
Last edited by HDNUT; 2007 October 8th at 00:50.