Capturing over FireWire as If a P2 Card Were a Tape in a VTR

You can configure the Panasonic AG-HVX200 camcorder so that Final Cut Pro treats it like a traditional VTR (video deck). Accordingly, inserted P2 cards can emulate the linear nature of tape, allowing you to use the Log and Capture window to transfer media.

Note: Because footage is transferred in real time as though it were coming from tape, this method is slower than ingesting media via the Log and Transfer window.

To use the Log and Capture window to capture media from a P2 card
  1. Connect one end of a FireWire cable to the corresponding port on the camcorder.

  2. Connect the other end of the FireWire cable to a corresponding port on your computer.

  3. Insert the P2 card containing the clips you want to capture into one of the slots in the camcorder.

  4. On the camcorder, do the following:

    1. Choose Camera mode.

    2. Press the Menu button.

    3. Choose the Other Functions menu, then select the PC Mode setting.

    4. Set the PC Mode setting to 1394DEVICE.

    5. Press the mode button to switch from Camera mode to MCR/VCR mode.

      Important: Do not open Final Cut Pro until after you switch to MCR/VCR mode. Otherwise, device control or video passthrough may not be available.

  5. Use the AUDIO DUB/THUMBNAIL button to switch out of Thumbnail mode.

    Note: To start capturing from a particular point in the footage, first use the camcorder’s Thumbnail feature to select a particular clip, then use the AUDIO DUB/THUMBNAIL button to switch out of Thumbnail mode.

  6. Open Final Cut Pro and choose Final Cut Pro > System Settings, then click the Scratch Disks tab.

  7. Select a scratch disk or folder to which you want to transfer your P2 media.

    For more information about selecting scratch disks, see “Connecting DV Video Equipment” in the Final Cut Pro 7 User Manual.

  8. In Final Cut Pro, choose File > Log and Capture (or press Command-8).

  9. Do one of the following:

    • Click the Play button.

    • Press the Space bar.

  10. When you’re ready to begin capturing, click the Capture Now button.

    Final Cut Pro begins capturing your media file to your scratch disk.

    Important: If you intend to capture to the end of recorded material, first choose Final Cut Pro > User Preferences and make sure the “Abort capture on dropped frames” checkbox is not selected. Unlike a VTR, which repeats frames when it reaches the end of media, the Panasonic AG-HVX200 camcorder simply stops transmitting frames. This preference setting ensures that the last clip is saved.

  11. Press the Esc (Escape) key to stop capturing, or wait until Final Cut Pro automatically stops because the maximum amount of time specified in the Limit Capture Now To field (in the Scratch Disks tab of the System Settings window) has been reached.

    After Final Cut Pro stops capturing, a clip appears in your logging bin. The new clip refers to the media file you just captured.

  12. When you have finished, eject (unmount) the P2 card before disconnecting the camcorder, or before removing the card.