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DV Firewire

by ichinyo / November 15, 2012 9:08 AM PST

I have an camcorder(Panasonic) that used to plug into my computer with a Firewire (1594). My new computer will not host a graphics card, just USB. How can I load my DVs from my Camcorder to use on Windows 7 Moviemaker?

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What I had to do.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 15, 2012 10:03 AM PST
In reply to: DV Firewire

I capture the video on my old PC with Firewire and then take the files to my new PC.
Bob

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I do not have one
by ichinyo / November 16, 2012 12:50 AM PST
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If I had the old computer I would do it. But I need some kind of deice that could connect to the new computer.

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So far the device is a computer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 16, 2012 1:10 AM PST
In reply to: I do not have one

Yes there is the DVDirect thing but most folk cringe at that but it is a device.

Some find it's cheaper to move to a new camcorder or get another PC with firewire.
Bob

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PS. Link to "device" follows.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 16, 2012 1:17 AM PST
http://www.amazon.com/Sony-VRDMC6-DVDirect-Compact-Recording/dp/B002EVP85K/
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Since we no nothing about
by boya84 / November 16, 2012 8:49 AM PST
In reply to: I do not have one

your new computer, we have no way to know it it has any sort of appropriate expansion slot. "Hosting a graphics card" is not required.

If there is an available PCI slot - or in the case of a laptop, an available PCMCIA or ExpressCard slot - then you can move forward with a firewire card.

If there is no expansion slot, another option in addition to Bob's suggestion, you could also do an external analog/digital converter. This method connects the camcorder's AV-out to the analog/digital converter and the A/D converter plugs into the computer's USB port. Elgato, Roxio and many other make these. The step down to analog and compression through USB will reduce quality a little - but without the computer firewire connection, choices are limited.

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