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Lag In HDV Capture Preview In Final Cut Pro 5

If you have already invested in Apple's new Final Cut Studio and have a HDV camera, then you are already aware that during capture there is a slight difference in time between what you see in the capture window and the image displayed on the camera LCD. This is a normal occurrence, so don't worry.

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The delay is caused by HDV's Long-GOP(1) MPEG-2 format. In short, when Final Cut Pro is assessing this format's data structure, it must process the information several frames at a time before it can be displayed correctly.

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If you are trying to set in and out points for clips you want to capture, the camera's time reference is your best bet for accuracy. It would still be a good idea to give yourself an extra second of pad on each side when you set ins and outs for Log and Capture, or Capture Now.

Check out this article about some of the Limitations of HDV.

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