running Final cut express on my macbook Plz help

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by meltoal, Apr 22, 2008.

  1. meltoal macrumors newbie

    meltoal

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    Hi I'm trying to run Final Cut Express HD on my Macbook, it works fine apart from I can't capture anything.

    Every time I try I just get a window that pops up saying "dropped frames were detected after last capture attempt". This happened the 1st time I tried capturing footage and everytime since.

    I was wondering if anyone could help me with this as I'd really like to edit my footage.

    Thankyou in advance
     
  2. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000

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    Are you trying to capture to your internal hard drive? because you need to use an external for capturing video.
     
  3. meltoal thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tried capturing to my internal drive at first, but I then tried to capture to my external usb2 drive, does the drive have to be partitioned to a certain format? at the moment its formatted to FAT32. Would it be worth reformatting the drive and trying it again?

    do you could it be anything else?
     
  4. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    you should be using at least FW400 if not FW 800
     
  5. meltoal thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I don't understand what this means, can you please try and explain it in simple people terms? am abit thick when it comes to things like this.
     
  6. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    external hard drives should use firewire 400 aka "firewire" or the faster firewire 800 when dealing with video editing.
    It has to do with the transfer rate. USB is two slow to handled video capture.
     
  7. ChemiosMurphy macrumors 6502

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    also you must format your hard drive to HFS+ . fat32 will not you capture past 2 or 4 gigs in size
     
  8. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    I don't know what they're talking about I have captured footage to an internal drive many times. Have you made sure your import settings are set for your camera?
     
  9. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000

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    capturing video to the internal drive can cause dropped frames.

    the issue is using drives that aren't fast enough to sustain the data stream. a lot of times, the internal drive is too busy and can't keep up. USB drives aren't always up to the task either. FW supports faster sustained rates than USB, which makes it the preferred interface for video applications.
     

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