Final Cut Pro: Timecode Error when capturing from Canon XL H1

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If you're using Final Cut Pro to capture media from a Canon XL H1 via FireWire, it's possible for Final Cut Pro to report a timecode error, when actually, the tape being captured appears to have no timecode errors.


"Unable to Locate Timecode
The timecode appears to be missing from the tape.
Please verify that tape is timecoded correctly. "


Confirm the following settings before capturing:

  1. Choose Final Cut Pro > Easy Setup.
  2. From the pop-up menu choose HDV - 1080i60 FireWire Basic.
  3. Click Setup.
  4. (Using the "Basic" variant of the HDV FireWire device control protocol with the Canon XL H1 helps to ensure greater interoperability).

Was the tape recorded on another device?
In some cases, a device may read timecode data more reliably if the tape being read was recorded on the same device (or an identical device). You can narrow down the possible cause by trying a test capture from a tape that was recorded in the XL H1.

This document will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Published Date: Feb 20, 2012