I have a Sony HVR-V1U camcorder.
I'm using FCP 7.03 software.
Ever since I can remember, I've had trouble digitizing HDV footage.
Using the camera as a source deck, the video constantly creates several clips out of a single take without rhyme nor reason. A two minute clip will end up being 3 pieces of video with short gaps of missing video. It's as if there was a "time code break" within the clip causing it to be broken up into 3 separate pieces. But there is no time code break. I have to go back and capture the missing 5-6 second gaps and I never receive an error from those sections. FCP just seems to constantly "hiccup" during an HDV capture.
Someone mentioned to me that FCP has a hard time digesting the HDV signal. I've tried capturing using the Apple Intermediate Codec and while I get a bigger file, I still have broken video for no reason. So, my question is:
1. anyone else having this problem?
2. is there another software solution that will capture HDV properly?
3. Is there a cheap piece of hardware that will help translate/capture the HDV out or the HDMI out of the camera?
4. I'm considering purchasing the Sony HVR-MRC1K external memory recording unit. I assume that by transferring these files I'll avoid the tape digitizing problem. Does anyone have experience with this external unit and has it improved the "digitizing" process?
Thanks in advance,