Using FireWire Device Control

FireWire (also called IEEE 1394 or i.LINK) is a standard supported by many professional and consumer-level camcorders and decks. FireWire transmits device control data, timecode, video, and audio signals over a single cable. Using FireWire, you can capture video directly from DV camcorders with a built-in FireWire port and from older analog-only equipment using a DV converter.

Final Cut Pro also outputs video, audio, and timecode to your camcorder or deck through the FireWire connection so you can record sequences to tape. All DV-format tapes record DV timecode. Final Cut Pro uses this timecode when capturing footage from tape.

Video devices vary greatly in their adherence to FireWire specifications for device control. For this reason, there are several versions of the FireWire protocol you can use for device control and capture in Final Cut Pro:

For more information about changing the FireWire protocol that Final Cut Pro uses, see Editing a Preset and About Device Control Presets.

After you connect a camcorder or deck to your computer, switch it to VCR mode. You can record to a camcorder from Final Cut Pro in Camera mode, but to do so, you need to turn off device control in Final Cut Pro, which limits your control during output.