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Firewire Deck Control Problems with Avid or Final Cut Pro

Many of the deck control problems you may encounter may have something to do with the firewire connection. A faulty cable can also cause intermittent problems.

If have you have a high-end tape machine, chances are it may have a 9-pin serial R422 connection on the back. In this case, you would benefit from purchasing a simple adapter cable that will allow your Avid or Final Cut Pro system to take advantage of direct deck control using your Deck's 9 pin RS 422 control.

If you are using a PC, all that is required is a simple cable that converts the RS 422 (serial) - to RS 232 (serial).

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If your computer does not have a 9 pin serial port, or if you are using a MAC. You'll also need an USB to serial adapter.

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Next, all you need to do is change your device control options to use RS 422 control instead of firewire. You will immediately notice that your device will control much better than it did with the firewire cable. You will still leave your firewire cable connection to your system for Video and Audio input. You will be using the RS 422 connection from timecode and deck control.

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