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How to copy my Mini DV tape to my PC for editing

by Webdeviii / November 19, 2013 7:45 PM PST

I may have just made a big boo boo, I was looking for a camera just for doing video tutorials where I take a video of the PC Screen of the software I am doing the tutorial on. and Narrate the audio via microphone as I go. I now found out that the Canon CamCorder I just purchased uses Mini DV Tapes. all I want to be able to do is transfer the Data from the Mini DV tape to the PC hard Drive then edit and re-process it into true DVD format for publication to my customers on DVD Discs, Now here is the next problem I have discovered, the camera only uses FireWire interface, and as we all know PC's running Windows Vista and forward do not support FireWire, I however have a Mac that I am very proficient on. Any Ideas on how I can do this would be very appreciative. Thank You very much to all that assist


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 20, 2013 6:08 AM PST

And again, WinDV ran fine on Windows 7 with a firewire card. I've done such work and will share for over a decade so I'll share if you can tell a little more.

Here's a short overview of free tools I can use to go from MiniDV to DVD.

1. Any XP to Windows 7 (sorry, haven't used WinDV on 8 yet) machine with firewire.
2. Capture the audio video with WinDV.
3. Trim it to what I want with VirtualDub or other tools.
4. Create the DVD with DVD Flick (free and lots of tutorials).
5. I like to create an .ISO with DVD Flick and burn the .ISO with ImgBurn.

Sorry but this is something I've done many many many times. But I can't guess what you have to work with yet.

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(NT) To avoid duplication of effort, prior discussion is closed.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 20, 2013 6:22 AM PST
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Copy video tape to pc
by Clinde123 / November 20, 2013 9:39 AM PST
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