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Video Camera not being recognised by computer

My computer has always worked fine with my vcam but suddenly I cant get my computer or other computers (I have tried a few) to "see" my camera. There is no bubble that comes up saying that the device has been found and I have tried a few programs to locate it with no luck. I can still watch my tapes on the tv, but it just seems like its the firewire that isnt working. I have also tried a few firewire cords and have hooked up friends vcams to my computer (that have worked). Help please.

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I use a DV camera that is not on Apple's "compatibility" list. (It should REALLY be noted that Apple sells camcorders in it's on-line store that aren't listed as compatible!) Depending on which software package you are using, including version, results may vary. I too had a fairly confusing frustration the first time out, but here's Jeffe's notes: FireWire! (USB is not for video). Start with iMovie: (FinalCut is higher-end, and thus is more picky about what it will take.) launch the application, then plug in the powered-on camera set to it's "play" (VCR etc.) setting (as opposed to camera setting.) If iMovie STILL does not see the camera, then I'd start to worry about compatibility, and contact an Apple SPECIFIC retailer (not a chain, like CompUSA etc.) for help. BTW: Nice Camera! Let me know if it works out. I was contemplating Panasonic for my next camera.

Posted on Sep 06, 2005

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SOURCE: putting video footage on my computer

To get your footage into the computer from DV tape you need a four pin firewire (IEEE1493 or iLink) cable from the camera to a six pin cable into the computer. USB will not do a proper job, it's for downloding photos or as you already mentioned, Web caming.

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SOURCE: panasonic pv-gs150 mac connection

For Macintosh
Mac OS X v 10.1–X v 10.3
iMac, iBook or Power Book G4, Power Mac G4 or
Power Mac G5
64 MB or more
≥The USB equipment operates with the driver
installed as standard in OS.

Posted on Apr 11, 2008

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SOURCE: Panasonic PV-GS31 video to PC trouble.

The usb is only used for the still pics and for the webcam. You need a DV cable to upload vid.

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SOURCE: Inability to download video from Panasonic VDR-D150 camera


On this camera you need to go into the menu and select USB function and tell it to go into PC mode.

Otherwise the USB is in printer mode and the PC will not recognise it.

I am not sure if you got a manual with your camera so I have included this link for your convenience where you can download it.

The manual is not very clear on this instruction but see page 94 for a reference to what I mean.

Hope this helps. Please do rate this answer. Thanks.

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