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JVC GZ-MG30U (non-FireWire camera) with Final Cut Pro HD

by LaptopLover46 / February 2, 2009 3:11 AM PST

I have a JVC GZ-MG30U hard drive based video camera, and it has done everything just fine when using Nero Vision Express on my PC. I have a mixed environment of Macs and PCs, and I was given Final Cut Pro HD (version 4.5) and wanted to use it for my video editing. (For VERY obvious reasons!) My camera has a USB Port, S-video, and those red, yellow, and white plugs. (What are they called anyway?!?) Anyway, anytime I start Final Cut I get this error. (Part of it is quoted below.)

?Unable to locate the following external devices:

Apple FireWire NTSC (720 x 480)

?your deck/camera may be disconnected.?

I?m assuming that that translates to: ?Connect a FireWire camera-and make sure it?s turned on!?

I then click ?Continue? button and can use the program. I tried to import a video file from my camera. (My Mac connects it as if it were a USB hard drive.) Final Cut does not support the version of MPEG 2 that JVC uses. (.MOD files) OK, so I use Nero to encode it a to a MPEG2 file (.MPG) and when Final Cut imports it and is dragged to the timeline, it show an ?Unrenderd? screen in the Canvas. (When I try to play the file.)

Here are my ideas to fix this problem.

1. Get a plug-in for Final Cut.
2. Get a FireWire capture card. (FYW plugs or s-video input converted to FireWire. ?is that possible?)
3. Get a genie in a bottle/lamp.


Thank you!

Laptoplover46 Happy

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None of your options will work.
by Kiddpeat / February 2, 2009 8:23 AM PST

You need software that is able to convert your files to a format that FCP will accept. FCP is apparently not very inclusive in the number of formats that it can use.

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No big deal on the conversion application.
by boya84 / February 3, 2009 3:30 AM PST

FinalCut likes DV, MP4 or MOV video files (among many others). This is not unlike converting those MOD and TOD files from JVC (and now Panasonic, I think) camcorders that use hard disc drive or flash memory video storage media in a Windows environment (other than some of the editors like WMV, AVI, DV - among others) to a normal MPEG2 file.

You need to use the USB connection to mount the camcorder to the desktop, copy the files from the camcorder's hard drive to the computer, convert the files using StreamClip, then drag the converted files to the Log/Capture pane in FinalCut.

The Yellow (composite video), red (right analog audio), white (left analog audio) are the analog connections found on many televisions (and VCRs) for dubbing (low quality) analog video or just watching playback using the camcorder as a "deck" connected to a non-HDTV.

You are trying to "Log/Capture" by importing over firewire - for the most part, consumer hard disc drive (HDD) camcorders (with the exception of a couple of JVC HDD camcorders with docking stations), do not have firewire - ALL MiniDV tape based camcorders use firewire for importing.

A USB to firewire converter/adapter/cable/hub thing won't work... and is unnecessary.
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It worked!
by LaptopLover46 / February 6, 2009 7:25 AM PST

It worked! I convert my clips to .Mov files and they work PERFECT! The weird thing is that if I try to convert them to .DV file, Final Cut Doesn't like them. The video works, but the audio just beeps... But that's OK, .Mov works! Thanks for your help!


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by boya84 / February 6, 2009 8:16 AM PST
In reply to: It worked!

Odd about the DV format audio, though - but at least you have something that works. Woohoo!

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