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CANNOT PLAY OR RECORD A TAPE WHEN FIREWIRE IS CONNECTED

Basically, I can play a tape that has been recorded on, but as soon as I connect my firewire cable to my Mac the tape stops and I cannot play it anymore. It's really weird. Any answers that you can provide would be very much appreciated. Many thanks, Steve

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  • Steve Young Feb 17, 2009

    Thanks for your suggestion. I'm using iMovie on my mac and I can also control the tape (play, ff, rewind etc.) however, the thing is, if I'm playing a tape and watching it on the viewfinder of my camera, as soon as I plug in my firewire cable everything shuts down, I lose picture and my tape stops. This has never happened to me before and I've transferred many VHS tapes etc. to my computer via my Sony DCRTRV18 in the past, so this is something new and it really has me stumped. Any other ideas??
    Thanks!

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When you plug your camcorder into a firewire cable, the tape is usually controlled by a software program through a video editing system. On windows Pinnacle Studio uses a queing program to capture tapes. This way you can play, fast forward, and rewind on the screen.

Posted on Feb 17, 2009

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Feb 18, 2009

    Are you plugging the firewire cable in while the tape player is running?

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