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mini dv transfer. keep it simple if possible

Get mini dv tapes onto win 10 computer.
panasonic NV-DS11. Has S video and 4 pin firewire port.
I have 4 pin to 6 pin fire wire cable.
Camera works ok.
Please help, with a solution. I am a noob.

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In reply to: mini dv transfer. keep it simple if possible

FireWire is the traditional and best way to transfer taped video. If you have a standard PC get a FireWire card fitted and ensure that you are using the IEEE 1394 (legacy) driver. If in doubt get your dealer to fit and set up your PC. With a laptop you will need to enquire about a plug in 1394 (FireWire) card.

Your best bet is to buy a video editor. Plenty on the market and I use Corel's VideoStudio (the Pro version is good) You use the video editor to download the tapes via FireWire into the editor's folders. The editor will use the TimeCode on the tape to split the shots into separate files for future editing.

The S video route needs a device to convert to a USB signal. One of the better ones is called EZCap and can be found on Amazon etc.

WARNING Plug in your FireWire cable BEFORE switching on either camera or PC.

Post was last edited on December 23, 2018 11:43 PM PST

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Digital8 and Windows 10 with Firewire

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I needed to transfer 25 hrs of heritage family Digital 8 movies from Sony DCR-TRV 740 camcorder (2002) to Dell 3668 Desktop (201Cool Windows 10 using 4-pin to 6-pin cable.

Sony suggestions on-line were mostly related to USB - which did not function for this older camera/newer computer.

Bought Startech Firewire Card (PEX1394A2V) and installed. Initially, Sony PlayMemories Home would not not even recognize the camera!

However, the YouTube video "Fixing Firewire 1394 in Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10" indicated that the Startech Card had called up the "current generation" Windows 10 Driver! What is needed for the old camera is the Legacy Driver - and installation is tricky. (The video is a good guide, but wrong on some details).

Legacy Drivers for Windows 7, 8, etc for 32-bit or 64-bit also works for Windows 10 systems. They are found at:
Once the Legacy Driver for Windows 10 64-bit was installed, Sony Memories recognized the camera, and videos were downloaded. BTW, this was achieved using a camera 4-pin to PCI Card 6-pin cable.

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fire wire issues

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Thanks for the help. I will work through the advice.
Much appreciated

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