Video Cameras forum

General discussion

MiniDV to Computer

I recently captured some video and I would like to put it on my labtop to do some general editing. I have a Panasonic PV-gs85. What cord should I use? What is some good general editing software?

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: MiniDV to Computer
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: MiniDV to Computer
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Use Firewire...

In reply to: MiniDV to Computer

Make sure your computer has a Firewire port. (It is not USB.) If you don't have one, they can be bought pretty cheap. Check the forum sticky note. As for editing software, Windows Movie maker is fine for some trimming and effects and it integrates well with Vista's DVD burning program. (You never told details of the computer you have.) If XP, there are many other options. I'd stick with the usual Vegas Studio, Premiere Elements, Video Studio, etc.

Collapse -
But since you did not specify

In reply to: MiniDV to Computer

which laptop or operating system...

Whizkid's got you covered on the Windows side - other than there are some budget laptops that do not allow any expansion - but we don't know what you have.

In the Apple Macintosh environment, ALL laptops made in the last 10 years or so come standard with a firewire 400 port. (The only exception is the new MacBook Air - no firewire...) iMovie or iMovieHD have been bundled with MacOSX for many years, too.

In any case, another potential hurdle will likely be hard drive space. Standard definition - DV - uses about 14 gig of hard drive space per hour of imported video. An external hard drive may be needed, too.

Collapse -
Just using the odds...

In reply to: But since you did not specify

93% chance the OP was using a Windows PC. Wink

Popular Forums

icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

SMART HOME

This one tip will help you sleep better tonight

A few seconds are all you need to get a better night's rest.