Dubbing through AV jack, with or without S Video cable, from DVD or VHS players to Camera
I hope you can help me.
I have had my Camera NSTC ZR90 for a couple of years now and have been extremely pleased with it.
I have dubbed scenes before, for downloading to my computer to edit the same, with no problem.
However, when I try dubbing now there is a Black Border around the picture in the LCD Screen which transfers to my editing software causing the image to only appear in the middle of the screen. My editing software works fine with older footage I have dubbed.
I have looked through the Camera Menu and the Manual extensively and can find no reference to a Black Border appearing during dubbing.
The camera records very well to tape with no Black border.
I have tried cleaning the Video Heads, with the Canon Head cleaner with no effect.
To sum up, this Black Border only appears when I am dubbibg, whether I use an S Video cable or not.
I trust that you can assist me in this matter.
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Re: Dubbing through AV jack, with or without S Video...
Please check in the user menu to see if the camera is in "cinema" mode. This can also be referred to as 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio, you would want to select the 4:3 option. If 16:9 is selected, the 1394 and composite outputs will be affected.
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For other type of video camera tapes you will have to try other methods like connect camera with tape to a DVD recorder and directly burn the DVDs. You can buy attachments and software for PC but I have found these very cumbersome to work with.
The Aiptek A-HD+ has an AV in mode that can record from sources like VHS,DVD,TV etc. Connect the output from the VHS player ( You will have to use a composite cable i.e RED,WHITE,Yellow cable) to the AV - in of the camcorder. Press play on the VHS and record on the cam. The recording will only be at 640x480 or VGA resolution. Once your video is recorded transfer the video to the PC as you regularly do by copying and pasting to your internal HDD. Use a software such as Nero Vision Express to convert your videos to DVD format and write a DVD. It will take come time as the video will have to be converted from the format the cam records in to MPEG-2 which is the standard compressor for DVD. You can use an external DVD writer , but the writing will only start after the files have been converted. You will need some converter for converting the videos to DVD standard or else it might not work on the DVD player's. There are many converters available online but Nero is easy and just one step, drag all videos and click write it will convert and write the DVD , easy.
Hello Ron, Well that is like you say an old camera, mind you 8mm is still far the best and safest way to store your valued films as it has kept the data on those tapes longer than any DVD ever did, remember unlike we thought 10 years ago a DVD only has around 8 to 10 years life span, we are finding CD & DVD productions that are over 8 years old just wont play any longer. Kodak put a report on the net 7 years ago that they found even some quite costly DVD recorded media had gone blank and refused to play after a very short time in storage. I think you ought to look around Ebay, find a nice HI8 digital camera, put your loved tapes in that, plug the new Firewire cable into the camera, and your PC and download your treasured items to another media like DVD. Keep your 8mm tapes in a draw safe though because they will out-live all DVD recordings I can honestly say that. David
The MV450i has an AV input.
So get a lead to go from the AV out from the VCR to the AV input at the front RHS of the lens (3 pin stereo jack socket behind grey cover - the lead was supplied with the camera).
Go to the buttons behind the screen - press the line in button - camera goes to pause.
Se the VCR playing - press the play / focus button to start recording to the tape..
Import to imovie as you normally do.
If you will look at the front of the camera (where the lens is), you will see a gray door that opens. If you will look in there you will find: USB port, AV outlet and external microphone jack. Hope that help you out...
If you do not have an adaptor to play the tapes to a standard VHS viseo player, you can use the camera as the player by connecting the AV out to a DVD recorder.
There are hundreds of models in the market, and do not worry if it is NTSC or PAL because 99% of DVD recorder accepts both.
Audio Dubbing may vary by model. Most Digital Camcorders are equipped with this feature. To verify that your model is, please view the User Manual.
* The AUDIO DUBBING function only works in PLAYER Mode.
* You can add sound to the original sound on a pre-recorded tape, recorded in SP mode with 12bit sound.
* Use the internal and external microphones or other audio equipment.
* The original sound will not be erased.
1. Set the camcorder to PLAYER mode.
* If you want to use an external microphone, connect the microphone to the external MIC input jack on the camcorder.
* When you wish to dub using the External A/V input, connect the AUDIO/VIDEO cable to the camcorder by inserting the cable jack into the A/V in/out terminal at the left side of the camcorder.
- Press the MENU button, turn the MENU DIAL to highlight A/V and press the ENTER button.
- Turn the MENU DIAL to highlight AV IN/OUT and press the ENTER button to select AV IN.
2. Press the (PLAY/STILL) button and find the timeframe of the scene to be dubbed.
3. Press the (PLAY/STILL) button to pause the scene.
4. Press the A.DUB button on the Remote Control.
* A.DUB will be displayed on the LCD.
* The camcorder is in a ready-to-dub state for dubbing.
5. Press the (PLAY/STILL) button to start dubbing.
* Press the (STOP) button to stop the dubbing.
* You can not use the audio dubbing function while playing a write protected video tape.
* When you wish to dub using the External A/V input, you must connect the AUDIO/VIDEO cable to the audio system from which you wish to record.
* You cannot dub sound on a pre-recorded tape in LP or 16 bit mode.
Dubbed audio Playback
1. Insert the dubbed tape and press MENU button.
2. Turn the MENU DIAL to highlight A/V.
3. Press the ENTER button to enter the sub-menu.
4. Use the MENU DIAL to select AUDIO SELECT from the submenu.
5. Press the ENTER button to enter the sub-menu.
6. Using the MENU DIAL, select the AUDIO playback channel.
Press the ENTER button to confirm the audio playback channel.
* SOUND1 : play the original sound.
* SOUND2 : play the dubbed sound.
* MIX(1+2) : play back SOUND1 and 2 equally mixed.
7. To exit, press the MENU button.
8. Press the (PLAY/STILL) button to playback the dubbed tape.
Note: When you playback added sound (SOUND2 or MIX mode), you may experience loss of sound quality.
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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but in order to play tapes in a vcr and run them through a digital camcorder for output to a computer, the camcorder must have s-video or av inputs. Your camera only has s-video or av outputs, used for sending from the camera to the vcr or tv.
Also, some cameras have the inputs but don't support analog to digital pass-through (which is what you are describing). With these cameras you input from the vcr and record it to the tape in the camera, and then output it to the computer.
Without the inputs, you can't do either one.