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Can you connect two Mini Dv Camcorders together ?

by andres123456 / September 29, 2005 5:28 PM PDT

Hello everyone that read this, do you know how to interconnect two mini dv camcorders together by the firewire port? This is my situation, I?m a skydiver and I wear my camera to jump, and the people that I jump with also wears theirs, the problem we face is that since we wear the cameras on our helmets basically we film the other people no yourself so we are trying to find the best way to connect the two cameras together, so we can get the other people footage. I?ve already purchased the firewire cable 4 to 4 pin but don?t know how to do it.

Thanks for the help and blue skies

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(NT) (NT) No. Such is not supported in today's models.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 29, 2005 11:07 PM PDT
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beg to differ
by MotionPixels / September 30, 2005 3:23 AM PDT

apparently my Canon ZR400 can do this. Manual says connecting another camcorder via DV cable (IEEE 1394/Firewire) is possible. Mine has a DV In/Out setting in the menu.
Manual also suggest it would be possible via the AV cable.
Says it might not work for all devices but does say to try powering off and back on if picture fails to show in case it actually can work.

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Let's hope.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 30, 2005 3:31 AM PDT
In reply to: beg to differ

I've yet to see this work at the trade shows.

Usually they mean by DV-IN is from some host computer. I'd love to see you be able to duplicate DV content with 2 camcorders this way.


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if I had another I could try it
by MotionPixels / September 30, 2005 7:20 AM PDT
In reply to: Let's hope.

the manual has an illustration of what looks like two ZR400's being connected.
This could be something limited to only certain models, since they worded it in a way that made it sound possible but not always guaranteed to do it.

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Thanks a lot
by andres123456 / September 30, 2005 4:39 AM PDT
In reply to: beg to differ

I will give it a try. thanks for the fast response

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Sure you can. Every camcorder I've seen says DV is IN/OUT.
by Kiddpeat / September 30, 2005 8:42 AM PDT

Put both machines in VCR mode after connecting the firewire cable. Press play on one and record on the other. There should be a record button near the play button for the VCR function. Be sure the tape has not been rewound, or you will record over your original material.

Some may need you to set the DV mode to IN or OUT, but I think that's usually automatic.

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This I can try.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 30, 2005 9:33 AM PDT

I have a pair of identical JVC GR-DV500J's, a 4 pin to 4 pin firewire cable, but the menu is not cooperating.

How this would help as you are plummeting to the ground isn't clear to me but it certainly could distract from what's going on around you. Now if only you had a laptop and boot Windows at the same time?


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by MotionPixels / September 30, 2005 11:05 AM PDT
In reply to: This I can try.

ha ha ha! I can see how you might have been thinking of this before.
I read the original question as being after the skydive so they could give each other their recordings immediately rather than later on.
I did think for a moment that the question might be about connecting them while falling through the air but figured that would be too difficult so maybe that wasn't the idea.
Given enough time and dexterity of the skydivers though, maybe it could be done anyway. I'd be too worried about watching my height above ground. Heck, I'd never skydive to begin with!

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hey Thanks a lot
by andres123456 / September 30, 2005 5:53 PM PDT

I was sure there should be a way
I'm goind to jump tomorrow and I'll let you guys know

thank again

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IT WORKED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by andres123456 / October 1, 2005 5:45 PM PDT

Kiddpeat You were right!!!! I did what you told me and it worked perfect, I was able to transfer video from one camcorder to the other back and forward, it was as simple as you told me.

Thanks a Lot


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Cool! I love it when a plan comes together.
by Kiddpeat / October 2, 2005 6:50 PM PDT

Hannibal Hayes.

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