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Can I run a MiniDV camcorder into the computer to capture video?

Old 12-31-05, 03:38 PM
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Can I run a MiniDV camcorder into the computer to capture video?

I tried to attach it via USB to "capture" some video so I could manipulate it using Windows Movie Maker or something, but it never got recognized.

Does anyone know how to do it?

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Old 12-31-05, 08:42 PM
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You have to use the firewire port for video, not USB. The USB connection on camcorders is meant to transfer still pictures taken in picture mode.
Old 12-31-05, 11:19 PM
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As Anamorphic said, Firewire is the standard for video. The biggest problem generally is that most PC computers don't come standard with firewires (but Macs do).
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I use my MiniDV cam with my firewire port and it's great, even has automatic recording where the computer controls the camera. Gotta get a firewire port Toad, it's darn nifty.
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Anamorphic/lordwow, that is not always the case I have seen a Panasonic camcorder that can transfer video over usb, but I think the number of cameras that can do it is very few.
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I believe the JVC Hard Drive camcorder is able to transfer video using USB 2.0, but almost all the rest of them require firewire.
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I guess what we're asying is, it would help to know what brand and model of camera you're using, as well as any potential software. We don't have enough information to help you.
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Yeah, its a shame that USB 2.0 has become the standard IO on PCs considering Firewire is so much better.
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My HP came with 2 Firewire ports. Other PC's don't?
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Originally Posted by Giantrobo
My HP came with 2 Firewire ports. Other PC's don't?
A lot don't. If you have any desire to use external storage, 1394 is the way to go. I don't understand the peripheral love affair with USB 2. I suppose FW is rare on PCs. Hell, even Apple stopped putting the FW cable in with the iPods.

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