Due to an almost full system drive on my mac I took the decision to order a larger drive (a 1 TB Corsair black) and reinstall the mac OS along with all of my other applications. It has to be said that although straight forward, this is a very time consuming task and one which makes you realise how many things you’ve had to set up in the past.
This proved to be especially true when it came to making Final Cut play nicely with my EX1 footage. I installed Sony’s XDCam Transfer application, as well as the XDCAM File Browser and the SxS Driver and thought my machine was ready to go. It wasn’t until I tried to import some footage using Final Cut’s ‘Log & Transfer’ that I realised I still had a problem. When trying to browse by SxS library in Log & Transfer I was getting unsupported Media errors.
After a little bit of searching and trying to remember what I did to make it work previously I redescovered the missing component, a plug-in from Sony called ‘XDCAM EX Log and Transfer Plug-in’. It’s possible to import video without this plug-in by using Sony’s XDCAM Transfer application, but I prefer using the built in Transfer app in Final Cut and this little plug-in is needed to make that work.
So, for the next time I forget what to do here’s a quick run down….