Didn't your recorder come with a user manual?
Hello I have a pro Gy DV300 3ccd camcorder. It is a Mini DV format with Fire wire.
can anyone tell me if I can use the firewire to record directly to a firewire port on a laptop instead of tape
Assuming the "add on plate" to which you refer is the JVC KA-DV300: http://pro.jvc.com/pro/attributes/prodv/manual/kadv300.pdf
it allows for IP network connectivity and use of a CF (Compact Flash) memory card - not SD memory. See page 16.
And yes, pretty much any camcorder with a a working fire port can have its video recorded directly by a computer over firewire... assuming the computer has a working firewire port... Though it may depend on the computer and the video editor as to whether this will work reliably.
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