G'day Rick. Hope you can help me. I'm at the very early stages of learning FCP4 and am having teething problems. I have a iMac G5 w/:1.256 GB Ram, 160 GB hard Drive (120 ish available space) I am not using an external firewire hard drive (I'm using my computers hard drive at this point in time - will upgrade to using an external firewire at some point in the future). Quicktime version 6.5.2 and running off OS 10.3.7. I'm also in the U.S.A. so my camera is NTSC and have been using the appropriate settings in FCP4.
I am am log and capturing from my Sony PDX10 through a firewire cable into my iMac. The tapes have been recorded using DV SP (not DVCAM) and audio is 32K (not 48K). Here are my problems. Have done the easy setup and created the 32K setup. Using this I tried to L&C (both using capture now and capture clip - a clip of about 1min 50secs) and it kept stopping saying that dropped frames have occured within the first 15 secs. This problem was solved when I unchecked the "abort dropped frames" button in User Preferences. Then it still didn't work as it said "timecode break" (there was no timecode break on the tape) Then I got it to work about 7 times out of 10, but it would take about 15secs before I would see it capturing. After capturing I checked it in the view window and it was completely out of sync (seemingly about 15secs - maybe the beginning roll thing?) So it still hadn't worked correctly. Anyway I played around with all the East Setup and changed it to 48k and it worked but only once. This was when the camera was saying 32K and FCP4 was set at the 48K (ie. DV-NTSC). When i tried heaps of times after that it was the same old story again - not working. Also tried using DV-NTSC Firewire Basic setting. Still no luck.
So, basically I'm just starting out and already frustrated. It seems like it's something really simple that I'm missing, but don't know what. I've read on many disscussion forums of people using FCPHD here in the U.S.A. having similar problems (not quite the same problems as me) and some have been saying that the newer versions of OS (ie.10.3.5 and 10.3.6) have been the problem and they can't do anything until Tiger comes out. This seems a bit far fetched, but maybe there's some truth (who know's). Anyway any advice would be much appreciated so I can at least get started.
I can understand why you would have created a 32Khz setup -seeing your footage was captured at 32Khz.
Seeing you are still having problems let me suggest the following: set the Easy Setup to DV PAL (this is 48Khz). Once captured, then export the captured audio using QuickTime as 48Khz and then reimport the audio. You can stripe this against the captured video in the Timeline.
This will ensure you are working with 48khz all the way through and avoid the hassle of creating a 32khz setup.
Let me know if this works. Good luck with it all.
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