Re: Camcorder to laptop connection w/ s-video cable
Look carefully at your camcorder manual. I'm fairly sure that the the s-video is strictly an output to a TV or VCR recorder. Notice that the S-Video connector is located next to the white and yellow A/V connectors which are also output. Do you have an S-video input on your computer? That would be unusual unless you have added a TV tuner/DVR card. The only way I know of getting this camera's output onto a computer is to use an analog A/V converter which outputs on a USB port. One such box is the Pinnacle Dazzle device (just google it). It's about $40. Unfortunately the most popular Movie program is the Microsoft MoveMaker. Unless it has changed recently, it does not support USB input, only Firewire (IEEE1394). Some software I've used (maybe Roxio, maybe something with the Dazzle) can copy the USB input direct to DVD. Once it's converted you can source MusicMaker with an input DVD and then do your editing and creative stuff
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Depending on what type of connector yourcomputer has, you will need to get a firewire cable (also known as IEEE-1394a cable). The connector on your camcorder is a 4-pin connector. You will either have that same looking connector on your computer (some laptops now have the 4-pin connector) or a 6-pin connector (D shaped). This picture is of a 4-pin (right side of pic) to 6-pin (left side of pic) cable. These are available at many electronic stores and online. To be safe, have your camcorder powered off when connecting to the computer. Once you have connected the cables, turn your camcorder on and insert the tape that you would like to transfer. Your computer should recognize it and install the appropriate driver. Most computers have some sort of free video editing program (like Windows Movie Maker). Depending on the software, you may have the option to import the entire video tape or only parts.
I had this same issue. I solved it. The USB cable will NOT work to transfer video. You need a IEEE-1395 fire wire cable. I purchased the internal card and cable for under $20.00 for my DELL computer direct from dell. After you connect your camcorder to your computer, I clicked on windows photo gallery. Then in top left corner, click file and "import from camera or scanner. Your camcorder must be on video mode and play mode. Your computer should recognize the camcorder, click on it and then it will give you options, like you can upload and record direct onto DVD. I liked the option of uploading manually because if there are blank sections on the DV tape, the computer will stop uloading. Hope this helps.
You will use the DV (firewire) jack on your camcorder. It is located on the back of the camcorder under the door for the battery. Depending on what type of connector your computer has, you will need to get a firewire cable (also known as IEEE-1394a cable). The connector on your camcorder is a 4-pin connector. You will either have that same looking connector on your computer (some laptops now have the 4-pin connector) or a 6-pin connector (D shaped).
This pic is of a 4-pin to 6-pin cable. These are available at many electronic stores and online. To be safe, have your camcorder powered off when connecting to the computer. Once you have connected the cables, turn your camcorder on and insert the tape that you would like to transfer. Your computer should recognize it and install the appropriate driver. Most computers have some sort of free video editing program (like Windows Movie Maker). Depending on the software, you may have the option to import the entire video tape or only parts.
Connect an i.LINK (firewire) cable (also known as IEEE 1394) to the i.LINK port on the digital camcorder.
Connect the other end of the i.LINK cable to the computer. NOTE: The computer i.LINK ports and capture cards may have either 4-pin or 6-pin connections. If your computer only has a 6-pin i.LINK port, then it will be necessary to use a 4-pin to 6-pin i.LINK cable.
Turn on the digital camcorder by moving the POWER switch to the VTR position.
Cue the camcorder tape to the beginning of the video footage.
Turn on the computer. Your computer should recognize your camcorder and automatically install the needed driver.
Start the video capture software on the computer.
Begin playing the recorded video in the camcorder.
Begin importing the video with the capture software. It should now be possible to copy the video using the video capture software if the computer hardware and software are configured correctly.
First, check to make sure you have (installed) a (device) driver (on your laptop/PC), for your laptop to recognize the camcorder when connected with a USB cable.
When you first connect the camcorder to the laptop, the laptop should see a "new" device and attempt to install the driver (on your laptop). If your laptop doesn't locate the driver on your (laptop's) disk, you will need to insert the software CD that came with the camcorder - that's where the driver is provided.
if your trying to download video usb won't work! must use firewire cable hooked up to dv port on cam and connection on laptop or tower called 1394-cable is either 4 pin or 6 pin-depends on computer- cam is always 4 pin-says dv on camcorder-usb only for still pics-use windows movie maker in xp or vista to edit