Can't capture HD video from Canon Vixia HV30
August 19, 2009 01:45AM
Hello
I am trying to capture HD video from a Canon Vixia HV30 to FCP 5.0.4 but even though I can control the camera from the Log and Capture window - I even see the time code running when I hit play and I see my footage in the camera's screen - I cannot see the video. I did a capture now test and got a black clip with the right audio, so somehow the video signal is not coming through.
I've tried using the Easy Setup for HDV1080i60, which I noticed uses a Sony Firewire setting for the controllable device, and so I have also tried a custom set up using HDV 1080i60 with HDV Firewire for the controllable device. None of it works. I tried also the Apple Intermediate Codec 1080i60 but it takes me directly to a "capture now" window, much like in FCP HD Express, without allowing me to control the camera and review my footage before capture.

I noticed as well in the camera manual, that the VCR setting AV->DV should be switched to OFF. The thing is that I cannot access this setting, either with the firewire cable on or off. All I see for this setting is a dotted line ----
Anyone has any ideas of what can be wrong?
I am on an iMac 2GHZ Power PC G5 OSX 10.4.11 with QT 7.6.2
FCP is 5.0.4
Thanks in advance for any guidance.
Sam
Re: Can't capture HD video from Canon Vixia HV30
August 19, 2009 02:10AM
Canons generally require you use Firewire BASIC. Trash prefs and try that.

Michael Horton
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Re: Can't capture HD video from Canon Vixia HV30
August 19, 2009 02:36AM
Hi Michael
Thanks for your quick reply. Can you explain where do I go to trash the preferences?
thanks
Re: Can't capture HD video from Canon Vixia HV30
August 19, 2009 02:41AM
[www.lafcpug.org]

Michael Horton
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Re: Can't capture HD video from Canon Vixia HV30
August 19, 2009 03:06AM
Thanks
I trashed the preferences and tried to set up FCP to a custom setup with:
Sequence preset - HDV 1080i60
Capture preset - HDV
Device Control preset - Firewire NTSC Basic
when I go to Log & Capture I get an error message that both the capture preset and the device control should be set to HDV. Not sure if I'm doing this right.
Otherwise, if I choose a setup for DV-NTSC Firewire Basic I will be capturing DV (720x486) not HDV, right?
Re: Can't capture HD video from Canon Vixia HV30
August 19, 2009 10:57AM
Isn't there a pre set for HDV, 29.97, HDV - 1080i60 FireWire Basic? Assuming you shot that? You didn't shoot 1080p24 HDV did you?

Michael Horton
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Re: Can't capture HD video from Canon Vixia HV30
August 19, 2009 11:39AM
I had same issues. I gave up and just captured in iMovie. Worked perfectly first time.

Ken Kessie
Re: Can't capture HD video from Canon Vixia HV30
August 19, 2009 01:19PM
I have a different model of the camera - HV10S I think --that creates Mts files (mpeg stream files)
I injest through log and transfer and it works fine - not log and caputure - have you tried that -- or using MPEG streamclip?
Re: Can't capture HD video from Canon Vixia HV30
August 20, 2009 07:57PM
I use the HV30. This is how I have it setup for imputing video into my iMac.
Under Easy Setup I use Format: HDV Rate: (all rates) and Use will change if I'm using 24, 30, or standard-so let's say I shot at 24 Use: 1080p24 Firewire basic. I have yet to have any problem, transferring into my iMac.

I also shot video using the Canon SX1. It shots in full 1080p@30, but it is AVCHD.
I have not had a problem, in FCS using that footage.

Just that I would add input to this feed.

Russ Andris
Re: Can't capture HD video from Canon Vixia HV30
August 20, 2009 08:01PM
Also, maybe you have a bad firewire cable. It does happen.

Russ Andris
Re: Can't capture HD video from Canon Vixia HV30
August 21, 2009 02:38AM
Thanks!
I am upgrading to a new version of FCP, which I think will give me more options with presets.
I will be on the field again for a couple of weeks before I attempt to capture again. Hopefully with all the advice I've gotten on this forum and FCP7 there won't be any issues.
Best to all
Sam
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