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Want to transfer videos from a mini DV cassette to computer.

I have a Sharp Mini Digital Camcorder model VL-Z1 and want to transfer the videos to the computer so I can burn DVD's. The machine didn't come with a USB but with an AV/S Video cable. The S-Video side does connect into the computer but the computer does not recognize the hardware. Is it possible for me to transfer the videos with my current set-up or do I need to buy a USB connector or something else?

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YOU NEED THE SHARP CD-ROM TO LOAD THE VIDEO DRIVERS ON YOUR COMPUTER TO RECOGNIZE THE CAMERA...PART # IS CDSKAA028WJ01

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I have what I think is the first digital camcorder Sharp made (or 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 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. Microsoft does a few things right :)

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I have the same model and I used a Fire wire which gave flawless transfer of the video windows movie maker.

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