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What software to transfer video content from camcorder to PC

by zdavidross / November 10, 2007 12:40 AM PST

I have a JVC GR-D750U. The manual does not specify the software. How do I create media clips (in avi/wmv/mpg format) from the video content? Can it even be done at all? Manual doesn't tell me that either.

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What kind of computer do you have?
by boya84 / November 10, 2007 1:44 AM PST

What operating System and version?

I downloaded

This camcorder is a miniDV tape based camcorder - the i.Link/IEEE1394/Firewire cable to transfer video from the camcorder to you computer was not included in the box. You need to buy that separately.

Refer to pages 8-9 for the location of the DV port to which the 4-pin Firewire cable needs to be connected.

The other side of the Firewire cable can be either 4-pin or 6-pin and will depend on what kind f Firewire port you have on your computer.

Refer to page 33 regarding connection to a computer. Note that the DV cable i.Link/IEEE1394/Firewire/DV is all the same thing) is "optional".

If you are using Windows XP, with SP2, MovieMaker was included. If you are using an Apple Macintosh computer running OSX, iMovie was probably included. Macintosh hardware has included Firewire400 ports for years. You may need to add a Firewire400 port if you are on a traditional Windows machine as they typically do not include a Firewire port (unless you specifically requested it to be included).

The video editing application will allow you to import the video and save to various formats...

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Re: What kind of computer do you have?
by zdavidross / November 11, 2007 3:58 AM PST

I have Windows XP Professional, with Windows Movie Maker. But no SP2 Movie Maker. The Firewire cable has already been ordered (the 4-to-6pin for USB connection).

I already have the document you linked. It doesn't tell me what software to use for create video clips from the camcorder, or whether or not the software is a compatible one.

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so you told us operating system, but
by boya84 / November 11, 2007 4:45 AM PST

not Computer manufacturer - I presume you have a 6-pin FireWire port.

So you have MovieMaker - that is good. SP2 = Windows Service Pack 2... That is when MovieMaker was made available to the Windows environment.

Connect the FireWire cable to the camcorder and the computer.
Connect the AC power adapter to the camcorder and the wall outlet.
If the computer is not on, power it up.
Power up the camcorder - you need to be in "Playback/Edit" mode.
Launch MovieMaker.
You will import the video to the video editor, do whatever editing you want and save the finished project to whatever format MovieMaker allows.

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Re: so you told us operating system, but
by zdavidross / November 11, 2007 6:45 AM PST

Dell Dimension 8400, if that makes any difference. I have USB ports (which I believe to be 6-pin), but Device Manager doesn't say that it's Firewire compatible.

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USB is USB...
by boya84 / November 11, 2007 12:31 PM PST

USB is not Firewire. USB = Universal Serial Bus. A mid-speed, bursty, short-distance computer peripheral or networking scheme.

Firewire (also known as IEEE1394 or i.Link) is a high-speed streaming (not bursty) protocol used for transfering lots of data, really fast.

Apple Macintosh machines have had Firewire400 ports for years. Most traditional Windows machines do not have Firewire ports unless the were specified or added later - more traditional Windows machines (Sony Vaio, many of the top-end units) are starting to have Firewire ports as standard.

A Firewire400 cable will not fit in a USB port. If your Computer: Properties:Hardware does not indicate a Firewire port, it is likely because you do not have one. You need to install a card.

According to this article:,117517-page,1/article.html
The third to the last paragraph indicates you will have a problem adding the Firewire port you require:
"You don't get a lot of room for expansion inside the 8400. Since the fan on the graphics board blocks the only open PCI Express X1 slot, there is no room for extra add-in cards."
And there is no indication of a Firewire port...

On the other hand, says "The usual list of legacy ports, plus Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire, and six USB 2.0 ports reside on the back panel."

I didn't spend much time at the Dell site - and could not find port detail for the 8400... Good luck!

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What card do I need to install?
by zdavidross / November 12, 2007 12:13 AM PST
In reply to: USB is USB...

If the card requires PCMIA connection, I have one on my Toshiba laptop.

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It depends how you want to try...
by boya84 / November 12, 2007 12:30 AM PST
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software to transfer video?
by avjam / November 12, 2007 3:48 AM PST

WinDV - .avi
WindoesMovieMaker - .wmv, .avi
power director - mutiple formats

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