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Firewire port issue

by malawiman / May 20, 2013 12:00 AM PDT

Hi, I have a JVC GR-D820EK camcorder with a firewire port, and a laptop that does not, I cannot add a capture card as the laptop has no allowance for this, how do I download my video to edit please? Also, if the USB to firewire cables don't work, (which they don't) then why are they sold and what for? Any help would be extremely appreciated, as I have spoken to PC world and others who don't really have the answer....


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Would help if we knew what sort of laptop this is
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / May 20, 2013 4:40 AM PDT
In reply to: Firewire port issue

and what OS it is running


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by malawiman / May 20, 2013 6:43 PM PDT

Hi, it is a Samsung, model number NP - 350VSC - AOEUK, and is running Windows 8....

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Realistic solution to usb firewire problems!
by malawiman / May 21, 2013 1:26 AM PDT
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Hi, I have been to PC world today and bought a "VIDEO2PC" unit made by ION. It was £39.99 and £more than £50 cheaper than the Pinnacle Movie Box on Amazon. As far as I can see, this is the cheapest and easiest solution to this problem. Just like to say thank you for all replies to this question..

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While this solution may work, it is not the optimal
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / May 21, 2013 6:21 AM PDT

one for your particular situation.

Your video was recorded as Digital Video but this device appears to need Composite Analog Video.

Are you sure that your camera is capable of pushing out video data of the sort required?

I know, because I have one, that the Pinnacle Movie Box is capable of taking in Firewire or USB and converting the output to either Firewire or USB.

If you are planning on doing this more often, then I think I would spring for the Pinnacle device to ensure that you have the highest quality picture to begin with.


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Firewire issue
by malawiman / May 21, 2013 6:44 PM PDT

Thank you for this valuable advice, and yes you are right the cable won't allow me to download digital video unless it is through firewire. I am returning the video2pc this morning as it is not windows 8 compatible. I will now buy the pinnacle box to sort this out, this is very useful info to me as it can be a bit stressful going round in circles. Apparently some of the new laptops don't have CD drawers anymore as they are "old hat", so what next the screen!

Thank you, very much appreciated!!

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by malawiman / May 22, 2013 2:11 AM PDT

Hello again,

Do you mean that you have the same video camera JVC GR-D820EK? I have just had an email from pinnacle saying that the unit is not compatible with windows 8?? See below...

Dear Roy,

Thank you for your message. The movie box is compatible with Windows® 7, Windows Vista® (SP2), Windows XP (SP3), Intel® Pentium® AMD Athlon™ 1,8 GHz (2,4 GHz or higher)

Kind regards
Eva Pause

If you are saying that it works for you on the same camera model then I will look to buy one.... Roy

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Not what I meant.
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / May 22, 2013 8:31 AM PDT
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I said, "I know, because I have one, that the Pinnacle Movie Box" meaning I have Pinnacle Movie Box.

I also use a Mac which most assuredly has Firewire ports, although some of the newer ones do not. those that do not, have a Thunderbolt connection which can also handle firewire with the aid of an adapter.


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by malawiman / May 22, 2013 6:36 PM PDT
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Ok got you..

I think I will just buy another camera with a SD card, it will be a lot less hassle...

Thank you for your advice...


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Perhaps a better way would be to replace
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / May 22, 2013 10:00 PM PDT
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the netbook with a laptop that has Firewire, or an expansion slot. Devil

Good Luck

Let us know how you get on


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by malawiman / May 22, 2013 10:50 PM PDT

Hi, I have just been told that the MK2 version of Video2PC does work with windows 8, so I will check this out for definite at let you know my findings....


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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / May 23, 2013 8:34 AM PDT
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Firewire problem solved!
by malawiman / May 24, 2013 6:11 PM PDT
In reply to: OK

Hi, I bought a "Video2PC" box from a well known site for £39.99, it must ne the MK2 model and not the MK1. With a lot of support from ION the company that makes it, I was advised to download Powerdirector 9, onto my Windows 8 laptop. It works, and the program is very good, the reviews are very good too.

If I can help others in any way to say thank you for the support I have received on this forum do get in touch...

Many thanks,


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Thanks for the feedback,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / May 24, 2013 11:34 PM PDT

it's always good to see a successful conclusion to a problem


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