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Camcorder/Video Camera compatability with Final Cut Express or Final Cut Pro - Help!!

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In reply to an earlier post on 14 Dec 2010 16:20:11 GMT
dv camera's which record directly to an sd card or built in hd tend not to have firewire, they are normally cameras that take a minidv tape which is what FCP and FCE are used to. also they download to the mac in realtime ie it will take an hour to put an hours footage onto the mac. DV tapes are pricey and the industry is starting to move away from tape formats (unless its seriously high end betacam). as long as the mac can read the footage it can convert it which is still quicker than a tape format. she may need a portable hard drive though 1TB USB should do it.

post a few options your looking at and i'll take a look.
ps i teach film and photography at a university

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Dec 2010 15:22:48 GMT
Mr. R. Homer says:
I have found that I can download directly into FCE on my MAC through a Firewire not through a USB connection. So you need to ensure the camcorder you choose has a Firewire connection. My camcorder is a JVC GR-DV4000 model which continues to perform well.

Posted on 13 Dec 2010 00:17:37 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Dec 2010 00:19:28 GMT
you can use this free software "MPEG Streamclip: video converter for Mac & Windows " from
to convert the video ( probably H264 ) to a format that FCP likes. i use this for footage shot on the canon 5d mark ii.
check out
ignore the talk about the canon 5d you need to know the right codec to convert to

then you can buy any camera you like, though h264 recording is best. get a card reader for sdhc cards

Initial post: 9 Dec 2010 12:39:41 GMT
I wish to buy my daughter a Camcorder/Video Camera suitable for use with Final Cut Pro/Final Cut Express. She is doing Film Studies A level at the present, and her school uses FC Express. The Uni she wants to do Film Studies at, uses FC Pro. She is also keen to have something that takes stills, is HD and uses SD cards. We are looking to spend between £100-250 (approx $140-300 ish). Any suggestions... I have been poring over lots of Amazon entries, spoken to Apple, and also combed through the forums - and I hav'nt found anything yet I'm confident is the correct choice. Please can all you experienced FCE and FCP Gurus out thereFinal Cut Studio (Mac) give us some advice - Cheers !!
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