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    I hope someone can tell me I did NOT make a massive mistake. After much consternation, I recently decided to replace my deceased G5 with an iMac quad core instead of a MacPro. It seemed it would be completely sufficient to allow me to continue doing the level of editing I do. I also got a couple of terabyte external drives to hold all that fabulous footage I would be shooting and archiving. Well, what a rude awakening today when I finally sat down to archive some tapes only to find FCP (v.6.0.6) not recognizing either my Panasonic DV1000 deck or my camera (in this case my old GL-1 for footage that had been shot with it...haven't tried with my DVX but I see no reason why that would turn out differently). I can only imagine it has something to do with the firewire 400 coming out of the deck connecting to the computer via the external enclosure which attaches to the iMac via FW 800. Is this correct? Please, somebody tell me that there's a work-around here otherwise I'm pretty screwed.

    thanks

    alan b

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    Can you explain specifically how you are connecting what devices, with what cables and in what order?

    Then the lecture side from me? I know I have more than one post here saying, if you are doing professional video work you don't buy an iMac. I would go so far to say that for most every creative pro workflow on the Mac, you buy a tower. Getting by and good enough bite you in the ass every time.
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    • #3
      Solved

      Well, first of all, the capturing has commenced since I posted. I am not masochistic enough to admit to the world why it wasn't working before. Sorry to bother y'all.

      As for your lecture, Zwick old chum, perhaps if I had read one of your admonitions back when I was undecided, you would have knocked me over to the Mac Pro side of the fence, but alas, I had not. I did look around the interwebs and asked friends who would know and the various opinions/arguments ultimately favored the iMac slightly. Plus, ya know, your trusty old G5 blows a logic board and suddenly decisions have to be made.

      I actually did a search in 2-pop forums but you know how fickle these search parameters can be. I really did't come up with anything definitive. Oh well. We'll see how it goes. There's always eBay, no?

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      • #4
        Well, glad you resolved your problem.

        Here are a few threads I just found...

        http://www.2-popforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=114254
        http://www.2-popforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=112685
        http://www.2-popforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=113228

        The iMac is and has always been a consumer machine.
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        • #5
          Funny. One of those links includes the one post I placed on 2-pop on the subject to which you replied.

          I dunno. Those were the basic arguments I was running into from most quarters. I guess stat for stat vs. the MacPro the iMac i7 sounded great (which to my mind, makes it much more than just consumer machine). The expandabiiity, of course, was the big question mark. And as I intimated previously, when in the fog of war that were the hours and days after my G5 died, I can't say for certain what exactly was the final rationale for choosing the iMac.

          I guess I'll find out soon enough how limited I will be.

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