Hi all, I have erased my whole iMac and refigured it with Big Sur, which worked for FCP loading tapes and edited them in FCP... now I would like to go back to Monterey. Does any one know if Apple has fixed the problem yet? Does FCP now work with Monterey? I am very hesitate to upgrade and then find it does not work and having to re-install Big Sur again, which put me back 3 days of work....
...but I have archive stuff I need to get through at some point
Silly me always looks for easier and quicker and less stressful ways of doing things without having to deal with recognition / connection issues and software / operating system incompatibilities. Transferred my 387 tapes by gathering the footage using Blackmagic Video Assist & Atomos recorders. That method has but 2 points of connectivity. All these other suggestions have software vs hardware points of failure as well as camera to computer possible points of failure. Do my 'Occam's razor' method of tape transfer and be done with it.
The issue you with your method is you're transcoding, not capturing. You're changing the codec. When I capture a tape through firewire I'm transferring data from the tape and it stays in the codec it was recorded in. I'm essentially just copying the exact data from one medium (tape) to another (hard drive).
What you suggest is playing the video over HDMI, which many tape cameras don't even have. For me that would mean converting the signal from digital data to analogue using a Component Video Cable to HDMI to be able to input into the black magic/ Atomos recorder.
Then recording the files, assuming you're using ProRes would mean instead of the 12Gb of data I get when I capture an hours tape over firewire, an hour of 1080 ProRes would be 48GB. Four times the data.
You're also assuming everyone has £600-ish to drop on the recording device to begin with not including a component to HDMI converter. I happen to have an Atomos Ninja, but I don't want to covert my digital recordings to Analogue and record them in a way that needs 4x the hard drive space than if I just used firewire as intended.
Capturing from tape over firewire is like copying a file from one hard drive to another.
What you're suggesting is like using handbrake to transcode a file from one hard drive into a much higher bitrate file, saving it to another drive.
I want the original file quality in the original file size. As I'm sure do many others and why it suddenly breaking was a big deal for people.