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How can I download videos from my camcorder to my computer?

by melsrockpile / October 21, 2007 1:42 PM PDT

I was given a camcorder for Xmas last year and the software that came with it is garbage. I can easily download photos but not any video content. It is a Panasonic PV-GS180, my system is a Dell, using XP and all the updates. Is there software out there that I can download to get my videos onto my computer?

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Withou us chasing down the spec. of the PV-GS180,
by ahtoi / October 22, 2007 2:27 AM PDT

what output connection/s does it have?

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Without us chasing down....
by melsrockpile / October 22, 2007 2:00 PM PDT

The video camera has what appears to be a standard Digital media connection - plugging into a USB port. The camera isn't the problem but rather the software. I have installed it and uninstalled it several times. It doesn't create an icon anywhere to access the programming from the installation, nor can I find any new programming in my computer relating to the video camera or Panasonic. The camera also has an S-Video output Jack so that I can watch on a television.
Thanks, Steve

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by sheilakmcd / October 22, 2007 8:11 PM PDT

Search the camcorder forum or google with these terms and find out this is the easiest and best way to go. No need for me to retype all the details.

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Other device connected to the USB worked ok?
by ahtoi / October 23, 2007 8:33 AM PDT

If yes then maybe a camcorder driver is needed. S-video is not the way to go because it will require a capturing device (which is unnecesssary expense) the camcorder already has USB and maybe firewire as well? I see panasonic support for this thing is nell zip nada.

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Additional requirements.
by Ro_Atkinson / June 23, 2012 8:29 PM PDT

I found when I got my new video camera that it had two additional requirements. One was that it would not send video across while it was running on battery. You had to plug it into the mains before it would send video across. The other was that it needed to have an SD card installed. I thought this was fairly ridiculous because it was an HDD camera so I wouldn't even be using an SD card anyway.

So I just slotted in a small capacity SD card and it started working. I have not managed to find any good software for taking the videos off, I just go in as if it is an external disc. the videos are in one of the folders inside. Not very many programs are comfortable reading them though so the one I have been using is Windows live movie maker which used to come installed on windows systems but nowadays you have to download it. It is free though. I also just downloaded a program from NCH software that is also free and is called videopad video editor if I remember correctly.

What I would really like to see is a program that will allow me to actually see a video preview of each file as I go through the camera and then I will be able to tell if it is the video I want. At the moment all I get to see is the file format on most of them.

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