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MC100 Installation

Connecting the RS232 cable to the Com Port
Connecting the VTR cables
Internal Master / Slave switch
What about window interrupts

Operational Problems

Can't find "FutureVideo" in device or Current device section. Will not initialize controller
Will not control all the functions of VTR or hangs up
Remote Counter does not read same as VTR
Counter does not read same as VTR.
VTR/VCR do not respond
Video or Audio not recorded.
Video Insert Doesn't work
Edit Stops Performing
Capture is too early or late
Using with Adobe Premiere 5.0 

MC100 Installation

Connecting the RS232 cable to the Com Port

  • A cable must be connected between the MC100's 8 pin mini-din labeled "COMPUTER RS-232" and the main computer's 9 or 25 pin serial port (Not the printer port).

Connecting the VTR cables

  • A cable must be connect between MC100's 7 pin mini din labeled "Transport" and the individual VTR. You must use FutureVideo cables. See the pink compatibility chart for the exact cable required for your type of VTR.
  • Make sure cables are properly plugged all the way into VTR and controller.

MC100 Internal Master / Slave switch

  • The MC100 has an internal Master/Slave switch. Normally this is left in the Master setting when used with PC. The Slave mode is only used for multiple daisy chain MC100.

What about window interrupts

  • Windows does not support shared hardware interrupts. Since COM1 and COM3 (also COM2 and COM4) share the same interrupts, you cannot have one serial device installed on COM1 and the other device installed on COM3 (or one device on COM2 and another on COM4) unless you have change the interrupts for one of the COM ports.

MC100 Operational Problems

Can't find "FutureVideo" in device or Current device section.

  • If using Adobe Premiere 4.2 or 5.0 make sure the file "x-fvdrv.prm" (if NT "x-fvdrvn.prm") is found in the Premiere Plugin directory.
  • If using Ulead MediaStudio 5.0 make sure the file "fvlead.drv" (if NT "fvleadnt.drv") is found in the Ulead Device directory.

Will not initialize controller

  • Is the power turned on? (Ready led should lite green)
  • Is the Rs232 cable connected. (see above section for correct connection.)
  • Check for other devices in your computer such as modems that may have the same interrupts.
  • Cables not properly plugged all the way into VTR/controller.
  • VTR cable may be defective.
  • If you still get the "can't initialize controller" message, go to the Controller Setup section.

VTR Driver = 5 if your using a JVC RS232 VTRs,= 6 for Panasonic AG5700 and AJ-D230, = 7 for Visca, and = 8 for EV0-9800A,9850 or the SVO-2000.
Com Port = 1,2,3 or 4 (see connections note above)

Will not control all the functions of VTR or hangs up

  • Check the VTR device code (Controller Setup section) for each VTR. The code can be found on the pink compatibility chart enclosed with the controller.

Remote Counter does not read same as VTR

  • Check the VTR Time Code Mode. (Controller Setup section) Off is for control track only, On is for VTR with internal Timecode, and Auto is for MC100 with FV1109 option.

TimeCode does not read correctly

  • FutureVideo editcontrollers read timecode from 0 to 9 hours. Between 9 and 10 (and 19-20) hours the counter can sometimes read backwards and above 10 hours the controller will truncate the first digit. For example, 18 hours will become 08 hours.

VTR/VCR do not respond?

  • If Sony VTR, check that VTR remote select switch is set to 'SLAVE' mode on VTR menu setup.
  • Make sure VTRs have tape cassettes inserted.
  • Make cables are properly plugged all the way into VTR/controller.
  • VTR cable may be defective.
  • 422/232 VTR Remote/local switch must be set to Remote
  • Wrong device driver setting or improper device code.
  • Reset VTR by unplugging it from AC power for 2 minutes. and restarting system again.

Video or Audio not recorded.

  • Audio or video cables are not properly connected from Player to Recorder.
  • Audio cables not connected to same line input as video cables.
  • Wrong Edit mode selected
  • Record VTR Input Select switch not correctly set for Line 1 or 2, or SVHS position.
  • VTR Audio Output Select switch has not been set to playback the normal (linear) audio channel.
  • VTR does not have audio dub function.

Video Insert Doesn't work

  • VTR does not have Insert function.
  • If using 8mm or Hi8 consumer VTR, this function does not exist.
  • Only audio dub or A/V inserts may be possible.

Edit Stops Performing

  • There is insufficient leader required for Pre-roll. Allow at least 20-30 seconds prior to cut In points on all VTRs.
  • Check the system codes

Capture is too early or late

  • The Proper VTR System Code has not been selected.
  • There is a gap in control track or video during the pre-roll section.
  • Allow at least 15-20 seconds of good video prior to an edit In point.
  • Check the Timecode offset. Decrease if value is early, Increase if late.

Using With Adobe Premiere 5.0

The following checklist should be used to ensure your setup is correct.

Note: Make sure your video capture card is compatible with Premiere 5.0. Please check your manufacturer for the latest drivers. Also, check Adobe's web site for the latest compatiblity.

1. Choose File.. Preferences.. Scratch Disks/Device Control

2. Under Device Control,

  • select FutureVideo from the pull down box
  • If you do not see this, then exit Premiere & copy x-fvdrv.prm ( or x-fvdrvn.prm if using NT) from the supplied FutureVideo utility disk to the Adobe Premiere 5.0 Plug-ins directory.
  • Click Options
  • If version is not shown, then make sure Com Port is selected correctly.
  • Choose 30 fps (NTSC), 25 fps (PAL)
  • Set device code for your transport (See FutureVideo compatibility chart)
  • If using a VCR which has RS-232C protocol, then choose appropriate driver as shown in FutureVideo compatibility chart.
  • Ensure Capture Preroll is 5
  • Set time code to Auto only if using a controller with built-in SMPTE reader option.

3. Click Connect and make sure the Version # appears (if not already shown). Click OK. When Preferences shown, click OK again.

  • Choose File.. Capture.. Movie Capture
  • Supply the reel name (001)
  • Try out the transport buttons and shuttle control. You should have control and be able to see the current time in the display window
  • From the menu bar, choose Movie Capture.. Recording Options
  • Set Preroll time to 5 seconds
  • Set Timecode Offset to -16
  • Click VFW settings… Check the Video Overlay box
  • Click OK.. OK

4. Check the Auto Record box if you wish to capture within this screen too.


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