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Playback(not capture) miniDV on a PC using Firewire

I just want to use my PC as a playback source for my minidv tapes- i have 35 hrs of video, and only want to capture a small amout for editiing, but reviewing on the camcorder is making me crazy!

I have firewire, and a new fast computer with plenty of memory (2G , intel 6066 chip, nividia media card etc)

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SOURCE: Firewire connection not responding

Take a magnifying glass to the firewire port on the camera. Check to see if it looks damaged at all. I've used firewire with my students for many years and this has happened to me on more than one occasion. The student is not as careful as he could be when plugging in the cable. The inside of the firewire cable becomes damaged. This is a cheap fix. Buy a new cable. However, when the port is damaged, it is an expensive fix. Since the computer recognizes another camcorder it may not be the computer. And if you are using the same cable, then it will probably be a hardware issue with the camera. Look at the port and let me know if anything looks out if place.

Posted on Jul 01, 2007

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SOURCE: Help!! Can not connect my Sharp ViewCam Z VL-Z3U Through FireWire

Hello,

Try searching these posts to see if they will help your problem. Seems this is common. See the link below.

http://www.fixya.com/tags/VL_Z3U

Posted on Mar 26, 2008

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SOURCE: How to fix Sony DCR TR7000 Firewire port

if you can open camera make sure the ribbon cable from port is seated all the way. if not replace input board.

Posted on Jun 02, 2009

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SOURCE: Help!! Can not connect my Sharp ViewCam Z VL-Z3U Through FireWire

You've probably fixed this by now, but since nothing is posted:

I have an older Sharp digital camcorder, one of the first. It's the VL-NZ100 and Sharp does not support transferring the video to a PC with this camcorder because they did not include the cable to do it. That said, I WAS told by Sharp that I could figure it out myself if I got a fireware (IEEE) cable.

I got a very inexpensive IEEE-1394 firewire cable, set my camcorder to Tape/VCR, connected the cable to my PC and my camcorder, and Windows Vista recognized it. It asked if I wanted to transfer the video and it just walked me through the whole thing! This is built in to Vista, so if you have the operating system, you are set.

If you don't, I don't know if you can download Windows Photo Gallery from Microsoft. I know that you can download Windows Live Photo Gallery but I don't know if that has the same functionality. You didn't mention what operating system you have.

And FYI, I didn't need drivers.

Posted on Jun 11, 2009

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SOURCE: My computer has no firewire port

Unfortunately USB and Firewire use two completely different protocols for handling the data transfer, so it is not possible to just buy an adaptor that will change one to the other.

You can however buy fairly cheap plug in Firewire cards that will fit a notebook, providing you have an expansion socket (PCMCIA, CardBus, ExpressCard). Just try Googling '"Firewire for notebook"

Hope this helps!

Posted on Jul 02, 2009

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