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Sony Handy Cam DCR-HC40 wont capture DV on Computer

by goldfish2112 / June 28, 2008 1:22 AM PDT

All of a sudden, neither my Mac or PC will detect the DV tape on my camcorder through USB. It registers only the memory stick. This has always worked fine before. What could be wrong?

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(NT) Now try the firewire port.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 28, 2008 1:24 AM PDT
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by goldfish2112 / June 28, 2008 1:32 AM PDT

Same with firewire 400.

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Service counter time.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 28, 2008 1:34 AM PDT
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I omitted the obvious such as settings of the switches, unplugging the memory card, that is going back to when it worked. Things die so the service counter is next.

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From my experience,
by boya84 / June 28, 2008 1:52 AM PDT

iMovie has NEVER acknowledged the USB port as an input for DV import from a miniDV camcorder... Neither has FinalCut - any flavor. iPhoto always uses the USB port for stills transfer from the memory card. If the firewire 400 port is active (System Preferences: Network: Network Port Configurations: Firewire is check-marked) and the camcorder is in Play/VCR mode, and you are using a working 4-pin to 6-pin firewire cable, iMovie and FinalCut will allow the DV import... This assumes the DV port on the camcorder is not dead.

Some manufacturers used to provide Windows drivers for USB video transfer - generally, this was less than DV quality. Support for such drivers has fallen out of favor. Migration to firewire on the Windows machine is preferred.

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