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.
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.
I REALLY need HELP!!