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Hmm…that’s weird. I’ve never heard of that.
I know you don’t want to wear out the heads of your VX2100, and that’s a good call on your part. Although, in this situation I would try using it. To avoid wearing out the heads, start off by getting your camera hooked up to FCP. You know the drill, right? Rewind the tape, connect the camera, turn it on before you launch FCP, blah blah blah. Go to log and capture, hit play on your camera, and do “Capture Now” instead of logging clips and doing a batch capture.
Just capture the whole tape if you have enough hard drive space (one tape = about 13GB). Doing this doesn’t really wear out your heads because the heads are moving as fast as they would be if you were out recording. When you’re done with all that, double click the captured file. From here you can mark in and out points in the viewer window to make subclips.
To make a subclip, mark in and out points to designate which portion of the tape you captured that you want to make a subclip. Once you mark the in and out points, press “Apple+U”. A new file will appear in your bin labeled “(the name of the original file) subclip 1.” Then you can rename that file so you know what it is.
Doing this doesn’t take up anymore space. FCP is just making reference files from the big file you capture, the tape. In a way, it’s like logging footage and doing a batch capture because you can make as many subclips as you want from that original file. I do this all the time because you can still becomefamiliar with the footage while you’re making subclips as opposed to becoming familiar when doing a normal log and batch capture. This way, if you have to go back and scrounge around for more footage, you don’t have to capture tape anymore. Just go back to that big file and make more subclips.
If you still don’t want to use your VX2100, try doing Capture Now with your dinky camera that you normally use for capture, although I don’t think you will be able to capture without timecode. “Capture Now” stops capturing once it sensed no more timecode. To be honest, I’ve never even heard of capturing without timecode. Oh well, good luck.