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Final Cut Pro not recognizing Sony Camera 03 Aug 2021 15:39 #115627

I just got a new MacBook Pro and installed the FCP "Pro Video Formats 2.0.4", but when I connect the camera via usb, it loads the import drive for about 5 seconds and then disappears. Same camera imports fine on my old mac, has anyone had similar issues? Big Sur maybe, anything on newer Macs I am overlooking? Thank you in advance!

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Final Cut Pro not recognizing Sony Camera 03 Aug 2021 17:21 #115630

Which MBP is this? Exactly how is the camera connected to the computer? What camera is this and what format did you shoot?

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Final Cut Pro not recognizing Sony Camera 03 Aug 2021 17:26 #115631

Mac is a MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019), I shot the video at XAVC S 4K at 2160/30p 60mbps. The camera is a HXR-NX80. Oddly, it loads fine on my older macs and transfers fine. Guessing it is a laptop port issue. I also tried using the Catalyst Browse app, no luck either. Thanks

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Final Cut Pro not recognizing Sony Camera 03 Aug 2021 17:34 #115632

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I just got a new MacBook Pro and installed the FCP "Pro Video Formats 2.0.4", but when I connect the camera via usb, it loads the import drive for about 5 seconds and then disappears. Same camera imports fine on my old mac, has anyone had similar issues? Big Sur maybe, anything on newer Macs I am overlooking? Thank you in advance!

I just connected my Sony A7SIII to my iMac Pro running Big Sur 11.5.1 and also to my 2017 iMac 27 running Catalina 10.15.7 and both machines mounted the camera as a USB storage device and I could download files. However on the A7RIII I had to use the camera menus to select USB mass storage mode -- without that it would not connect. The A7SIII apparently auto-detected the right mode.

I used a short, high-quality USB-C-to-USB-C cable. Sony cameras may be finicky about cable type.

As a side point, the Sony firmware update utility won't work without a kernel-mode driver, which is increasingly problematic since those have been deprecated since 2019 and Big Sur by default doesn't load them:

developer.apple.com/support/kernel-extensions/ 

I think starting in Catalina that Pro Video Formats were absorbed into the MacOS install sequence, so you update those in System Preferences>Software Update, not by running a download package. But Pro Video Formats support decode and encode of certain codecs. They are not for USB transfer. Mounting the camera as a USB storage device should work regardless of whether FCP or Pro Video Formats is installed.

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Final Cut Pro not recognizing Sony Camera 03 Aug 2021 17:43 #115633

I don't usually connect camera via USB, I plug SD card to a reader, but FCPX has problem with recognizing "Untitled" SD card (card formatted in the camera). Just rename the card and it should work ;)

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