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HD Camcorder, and Final Cut Pro! Need help ASAP!

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I am really hoping someone can help me ASAP! So any advice you have will help me a ton.

I just recently got a JVC HD Everio GZ-HD7 camcorder, and am having problems getting my footage into Final Cut Pro 5. I have been able to just drag the video from the camera (which is a hard drive camera) straight into FCP, but the format is a TOD. format, so in the editting view finder, the footage looks horrible, then after moving it on to the timeline it looks a lot better, but only after I render it. I have tried using programs to convert the TOD format into other formats, and I still have the same problem. I am able to get them into FCP, and only after rendering them, they look decent, but this is a High Def. camera, I shouldn't only be getting decent footage, I should be getting High Def footage.

So I guess really my question is, is there any way to import my files from my camera straight into FCP, such as using the log and capture option. I just really want the high def qaulity that I paid for. OR also, is there any way that I can get my footage into FCP without having to render it before even working on it, just so that I can have decent footage. With my old camera I simply imported the footage, which was great footage when I imported it, I didn't have to render it first just to be able to see it clearly.

I need help ASAP!!! So any advice will be great!

Much thanks in advance,
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Maybe the reason your footage looks bad is because you are using an old mac and you have the drop frame rate box in the FCP settings checked. This means that unless your pc is very fast it won't be able to play the edited mpeg2 your camcorder shoots in real time until it renders. You have a couple of options:

Get a faster computer, figure out the problem if you have one, make sure your camera is setup right, render the footage in FCP or Visual Hub before editing, try using the new imovie 08 and see is it can play the footage, or search for and answer on google.

Your footage should work fine in FCP just keep looking at settings.

Now if your camera is AVC apple may be improving support for this in time.

If none of this helps you can do a raw capture of your video through HDMI. It works just like capturing video from a regular dv cam with the FCP capture utility once you set it up. The only difference is this will capture HD HDMI. Link to the card:


Hope this helps... I wish I had your cam :whistling:
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