The Differences Between Apple FireWire and FireWire Basic
Video devices vary greatly in their functionality and adherence to FireWire
specifications for device control (the technology that allows Final Cut Pro to control
your DV camcorder or deck via FireWire). For this reason, there are two versions of the
FireWire protocol you can use for device control and capture in Final Cut Pro:
Â Apple FireWire: This is the default.
Â Apple FireWire Basic: This is a simplified device control protocol for camcorders and
decks that aren’t fully compatible with Apple FireWire. Using this protocol doesn’t
affect the quality of captured video or audio.
It may not be obvious which camcorders support the complete FireWire device
control protocol and which only understand FireWire Basic. If you’re unsure, try an
Easy Setup that uses the standard FireWire protocol first (NTSC or PAL FireWire). If
you’re not able to remotely control your camcorder or VTR using Final Cut Pro, choose
an Easy Setup that uses the FireWire Basic version of device control.