Does Premiere need a driver require a special setting to capture from tape using a Sony DSR-11 deck?

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Feb 28, 2022 Feb 28, 2022

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I've got a DSR-11 connected to a Mac (Thunderbolt 3 native) using the following:
 
• A Firewire800 cable
• A Firewire800 to Thunderbolt 1/2 Adaptor
• A Thunderbolt 1/2 to Thunderbolt 3 Adaptor.
 
With this setup the MacBook can control and record using iMovie.
Premiere, however, can only control the deck, but can't capture video or monitor timecode.
 
Does Premiere need a driver require some special setting to make capturing fully functional?
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Mar 11, 2022 Mar 11, 2022

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You didn't list your MacOS version but if you have a Thunderbolt 3 model then we can assume it's a pretty recent OS (Catalina/Big Sur/Monterrey). The issue is that Apple actually deprecated the DV/Firewire capture protocol (that's not the right terminology but that's how I'm naming it); Premiere still has that option but it doesn't work as well as it used to. You've seen that it works in iMovie and it will also work in Quicktime, but beyond that the support is limited. Capturing DV now in Premiere is just a pain and it will not improve. So to be honest you can use the other apps to capture otherwise you'll just be tearing your hair out trying to get it to work. I've even resorted to using an older Mac and OS so that I can run Final Cut Pro 7 to capture DV from my DSR-11, and it works great. Just make like 2009 and you'll have no problems. 🙂

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