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MV4 camcorder How do I connect my camcorder directly to the PC and do I need any drivers etc. My laptop does not have a firewire port. If anyone can help I will be gratefull.

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Then you should buy a pc-card for your laptop, that supports firewire connection.

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I bought my camera used online. The DV cable input does not work. (Unfortunately I was not told about this problem.) I cannot pass the tape to my computer now because of the DV input problem. Does...

I recommend you, test the cable, the Firewire ports. test connection.
Plug the firewire into the camcorder BEFORE turning it on,
You must use a Firewire cable and FW ports (Firewire to Firewire) NOT USB port
Check the cable no bend.
1.- Try with other cable
2.- Try connect a different Firewire port on your PC (or connect to other PC)
3.- To test the FW port on your PC connecting other devices by example external hard drive
If the Hardrive work fine the problem is with your camcorder

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Sep 21, 2011 | Panasonic DVX-100 Camcorder

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I dnt hav usb cable for my handy cam DCR-HC52E ...

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    4-pin to 4-pin IEEE 1394 iLink FireWire Cable dv out to laptop Connect and transfer home movie from your digital camcorder to Notebook computer.

    You will need a Firewire port on your computer, also known as a DV port or IEEE 1394, to use this cable. This is NOT a USB cable.

    This DV cable will connect your laptop (notebook)
    NOTE: for some models, becuase of no DV jack on the body, this cable connects to docking station/cradle instead of connecting directly to your camcorder.

Mar 20, 2011 | Sony DCR-HC52E Mini DV Camcorder

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Step by step instructions to transfer recorded videos from jvc gr-d370u to Pc, please.

First, you need a Firewire connection (also called IEEE 1394). Most of PC computers don't have it, including mine. I bought a cheap Firewire card and installed it into an empty PCI slot, costed about $15.
I hope you don't have the USB cable and the firewire cable plugged into your computer at the same time. That can break things.

With the firewire cable plugged into the DV port of the camcorder and the firewire port of the computer and the camcorder is in Play mode (and plugged into the wall AC power with the power adapter), are you saying that when you launch MovieMaker and "Capture", the video camera is not recognized?

There are only two conditions that can cause this:

1) The firewire400 port on the computer is not working properly (how do you know it is working?). If you are using Vista Home Basic, chances are good that the IEEE1394a firewire port drivers were never loaded... so, that will be your first step. Get that port working and you'll be ready to go.

2) The DV port on the camcorder is not working properly. This could be for several reasons, but lets hope the DV port was not fried if you ever had the USB and firewire connections to your computer at the same time... Reset the camcorder to factory defaults by disconnecting all cables, removing the rechargeable battery and removing the little date/time button battery inside the camcorder. Wait for about 20 minutes. Put the button battery back in, then put the rechargeable battery back on. Set the date and time. Connect the firewire cable to the DV port, connect the AC power adapter to the wall, connect the other side of the firewire cable to the firewire port on the computer, launch MovieMaker - will it "Capture" from the video tape?

Anyone you know nearby with an Apple Macintosh and iMovieHD? You will need a 4-pin to 6-pin firewire cable and the AC power adapter. If it works with the Mac, we know it is not the camcorder's DV port. If it does not work, chances are good the camcorder's firewire port is bad.
Hope this was helpful?

Jan 30, 2011 | JVC GR D370US camcorder Mini DV

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What type firewire

there is only one type of firewire connection. you need to buy a firewire cable and attach it to a firewire port on your pc/laptop.
if you don't have such a port, you can a buy a firewire pci card.

Jan 25, 2010 | Sony Handycam DCR-TRV22 Mini DV Digital...

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see if ur both devices ur laptop and ur camera has firewire 1394 port it is like mini usb port but check out the pins is it 4 pins normally it is 4 pins it is called firewire cable then u can connect directly ur camera to laptop and capture thru firewire port if u dont hv firewire port in laptop or camera let me know we can work on other ways after connection contact me for further instructions of cap video on pc

pls rate me FIXYA if i fixed ur problem

pls reply with camera model and laptop model u have

Mar 07, 2009 | Panasonic NV-DA1 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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How to connect JVC GR-D820E camcorder to PC

Hi, connect the cam and PC using 4 pin firewire cable. Switch on the cam. Open Windows Movie Maker and import the video from device.

Dec 28, 2008 | JVC GR-D370 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Video problems

If your camcorder is a digital version, you should have a 1394 iLink Firewire cable which is needed to connect your camcorder to your PC. A Firewire is a higher transfer rate connection than USB 1.0 (but slower than USB 2.0), and it is intended for applications such as video editing. Some camers, e.g., Sony, require a Firewire connection to exploit certain features of a digital camcorder and editing software, and it's best to use one. If you do need the Firewire but your computer doesn't have a 1394 Firewire port built in, you can purchase a PCI card version for around $50 and install it separately very easily.

And if your computer doesn't have the 1394 port, but does have a USB 2.0 connector (all newer computers now do), then you can connect your camcorder to your PC via the USB 2.0 (note: NOT a USB 1.0!) to begin capturing video. If you're still having trouble, make sure you go to your camcorder manufacturer's website to download any relevant drivers then retry your connection. If your computer Finds New Hardware sucessfully, you're in. Good luck!

Feb 15, 2008 | Video Cameras

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Canon ZR800 MimiDV Camcorder

You cannot connect a DV cable to a USB port. These are two incompatible standards. DV is also called Firewire, iLink or IEEE1394. You PC must have that kind of port for you to transfer your video from the ZR800 and you will need a DV (iLink/Firewire) cable. You cannot use USB cable they will not work. Check if you want an example. Most new PC come with 1 or 2 iLink/Firewire/1394 port. If you PC does not have an iLink/Firewire/1394 port then you will need to install a iLink/Firewire/1394 card (see for more information.

Aug 13, 2007 | Canon ZR800 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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JVC GR-D275 not seen as connected to computer

Many Camcorder users have faced problems while connecting their camcorder to their PC. One of the most common problems is ?no activity? after connecting the camcorder to the PC. The found new hardware wizard does not run and fails to detect the camcorder. This can mean two things. Either the DV port on the Camcorder is not working or the FireWire cable is faulty. Try using a different FireWire cable. If the camera is still not detected by the PC, try connecting it to a different PC. If the Camcorder is still not detected, then your camcorders DV port is most likely at fault. Confirming that the FireWire Port on you PC is working fine You can check the status of the FireWire port from under Device Manager. To access the Device Manager, Right Click on My Computer and then click on Properties. Select the Hardware tab and click on Device Manager. If you cannot see the FireWire port in the list, then it is not inserted properly into the motherboard. If you see a Yellow exclamation mark, then you need to install the drivers, which are usually bundled with a Floppy or CD with the FireWire card.

Dec 21, 2005 | JVC GR-D275 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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