Re: need to connect my panasonic pv-gs80 to my imac
Best buy has brand new ones, or you could surf the web and find a cheaper one at like amazon. Just make sure that the size of the cable matches up with the size of your computer or else it will not be able to plug in.
The problem I have is like the other people, I got the firewire in the port and DV on the camera and my computer just doesn't recongnize it. Where's the solution to this? I have been trying to edit my film for over a year now with troubles with losing wires and now this and stuff. Hope this helps
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This type of camera usually downloads better with a Firewire (DV) connection. Some mini-DV cameras only use the USB connection (if they have one) for stills and can only download video by Firewire. This is because you have to play the tape into the computer, not just copy a file. The way it works on my computer, the camera is controlled by the computer software.
Most PCs have a USB port, but no Firewire port. Macs often have a Firewire port but may not have USB. As most Windows PCs do not come with this interface, you might need to fit an add-on Firewire interface card. This will come with a driver for the card.
Whether this will work with Windows 7, I am not sure. My Mini-DV camera, using a Firewire cable, didn't need any camera driver loaded to the computer, just the movie editor that came with Windows XP.
Do you mean a driver for the webcam portion of the camera, or to transfer footage to your computer from the tape? If you mean for footage transfer, then you are in luck, because no driver is needed. You just need your video editing software and it will communicate with the camera over the firewire port and cable.
If you did mean for the webcam feature then you should be able to download it from the support section of panasonic.com
If you don't want to spend a lot of money you could use Corel VideoStudio. As for cables, your camera should have come with a USB 2.0 cable that would connect to the camera and then to the USB port on the PC. Or, if your pc has a firewire port, you could buy that cable to connect for a faster video transfere and capture. Hope this helps.
So if it's miniDV and you have a firewire cable, it should work. Have you followed this sequence: If your battery is sufficiently charged to run the cam for an hour's worth of tape, fine, otherwise connect cam to AC power. With cam OFF, connect Firewire cable to Mac and cam. Open iMovie, name your project and create so that the viewer screen comes up. Turn on the cam. At this point, your Mac should, within moments, say "camera connected". Cam needs to be set on "playback" mode for capture. Then click "import" button and your Mac will control the cam.
If you still get a "no camera connected" you have to consider the possibility that either the firewire cable is bad or the firewire port on cam or Mac is bad. If you have more than one firewire port on your Mac, try switching. An Apple store should be able to help you determine if you have a bad cable or cam port, if you take both in to try on their Mac. Hope this gets you on track.
Hi, I managed to down load mine by connecting with a firewire and setting the camera to playback mode (not PC), opening imovie, turning the camcorder on and selecting file -' import from camera". a screen came up then I started playback on the camcorder and was able to select import from the screen on the imac.