Canon HF10/100 and FCE 4 user help....

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by NRose8989, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. NRose8989 macrumors 6502a

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    I just got my HF10 today and i shot some quick test footage but when i connect the camera to my MBP it freezes FCE and i can't dismount the camera. everything apears to be working fine when i plug in the camera then once i try to log and transfer, it freezes.
     
  2. NRose8989 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Okay people here's a bit of information for future reference...... So as you know i just received my HF10, i also received a canon digital rebel xti dslr camera. so i've been playing with both. and turns out, the USB cable that comes with the digital rebel xti IS NOT the same as the USB cable that comes with the HF10 even though they a identical in appearance. So the moral of the story is to use the cables that come with the camera.
     
  3. NRose8989 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok i swear this is the last time... turns out the cables are in fact the SAME!!! it was my USB port on the left side of my MBP, which is funny because i know the port isn't bad because i plug my iPhone and other devices into that port. To my understanding, i thought that the left port next to the power adapter was a stronger / single usb port while the port on the right was connected to a hub which shared power with with other things (I'm not quite sure what though). anywho turns out i can only transfer video over the right USB port and not the left. Anyone care to shed some light on this enigma?
     
  4. CMD is me macrumors 6502

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    A bit off topic, but what do you think about the HF10? I'm in the market for a HD camcorder. I went to the store to look at the minDV HV30 but the HF10 is much smaller. I'm not sure if I'm ready to change formats. I do like that miniDVs are self archiving, compatible with iMovie and a proven format... but the HF10 was really really small! Do you need FCE to convert the format or will iMovieHD work?
     
  5. NRose8989 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The size was one of the main reasons for me to get one. it's about the size of a DSLR lens so it fits nicely into the lens slots of my canon gadget bag along with my DSLR. The tapes were what deterred me from getting the HV30 also. I'm don't really need to archive RAW footage, just the final edits in .mov is fine for me and i don't have stacks of tapes piling up. also I've never worked with HDV but i heard that you have to capture in real time, wouldn't this mean that you have to sit there and monitor it while it captures? so you don't capture one large clip by accident? AVCHD as far as i know it very easy to get into FCE, all i have to do is plug in the camera, enter some log information then away it goes and does its thing. in the meantime i can leave to get a snack or browse macrumors. Encode times are not bad at all either, it's a little faster than real time on my MBP. people say that the video quality is not as good as tape, which I don't doubt but when i was doing my research before buying, i couldn't find any examples that REALLY showed the difference, both looked amazing so i opted for the HF10. as far as editing goes, iMovie 08' can handle the AVCHD files just fine so you really don't need FCE just to get into AVCHD. but I'm unsure about iMovieHD though, and i know for a fact that you can't work with AVCHD on a PowerPC based mac. either way, it's ultimately up to the individual and what they want out of a camera. good luck with your purchase!
     

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