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Canon ZR85 video to pc transfer problem

Ok so I have the cam and the usb port to connect it to the computer, but for some reason it dosn't read the video transfer, but ?I can transfer pictures...whats wrong?

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Re: Canon ZR85 video to pc transfer problem

Better Late than never....
The usb port is for the memory card only....You will need a firewire to transfer over the DV tape.

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Re: Canon ZR85 video to pc transfer problem

If your computer doesn't have firewire you must purchase a pci firewire card and install it, then you can transfer video

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Re: Canon ZR85 video to pc transfer problem

Whats a firewire????

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Why will my laptop recognize the ZR85 camcorder in the card position and not in the tape position?

Because if you only connect with USB that's normal.
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For Video you will require a firewire cable connected to camera and computer.


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How do i transfer from the camcorder to the pc

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Hi! If you go to the Canon, they have a trouble shooting section. I copied and pasted some information below. Good luck!
Details Print Friendly Version Issue: How do I transfer video tape recordings to a computer via Firewire?
Solution: Transferring video recordings to a computer ZR80, ZR85, and ZR90

Transferring Video Recordings to a Computer You can transfer recordings to a computer using the IEEE1394 (DV) terminal. With the ZR85 and ZR90 transferring video recordings via USB is not possible.
Before starting the video transferring, make sure to prepare the following:
  • A computer equipped with a IEEE1394 (DV) terminal or a IEEE1394 (DV) capturing board (the IEEE1394 protocol is frequently also called "Firewire" or "iLink").
  • A DV cable (sold separately)
  • Video Editing Software
You can use (1) the video editing software that came bundled with your computer or video capturing board, (2) the video editing software included with your operating system ("Windows Movie Maker" with Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows XP and Windows ME, "iMovie" with Mac OS 9 and later), or (3) video editing software purchased separately, with features ranging from very basic to very sophisticated.
  • The appropriate driver
A driver is included with Windows operating systems later than Windows 98 Second Edition and Mac operating systems later than Mac OS 9. The driver is installed automatically when you connect the camcorder to the computer. No additional driver is necessary or available.
  1. Start your computer.
    (If this is the first time you are connecting the camcorder to your Windows based computer your computer will display the "New Hardware Found" message while the driver is installed automatically.)
  2. Set the camcorder to playbackicon.gif mode.
  3. Connect the camcorder to the computer with the DV cable as shown below. Once the camcorder and computer are connected together the camcorder will display "DV IN" on the LCD/viewfinder. This message confirms that the camcorder is ready to receive or transfer video.
  4. Refer to the instructions for your video editing software to download your video from the camcorder.
    Note: Because procedures for digital editing software applications vary greatly, Canon cannot offer any additional support or suggestions regarding downloading and editing your video. Please refer to the software publisher or your computer manufacturer (if the software came with your computer) for assistance in using the software.
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  • Operation may not work correctly depending on the software and the specifications/settings of your computer.
  • If the computer freezes while you have connected the camcorder, disconnect and reconnect the DV cable. If the problem persists, disconnect the interface cable, turn off camcorder and computer, turn camcorder and computer back on and reconnect them.
  • Before connecting the camcorder to the computer using a DV cable, make sure that camcorder and computer are not connected with a USB cable, and that no other 1394 device is connected to the computer.
  • We recommend powering the camcorder from a household power source while it is connected to the computer.
  • Refer also to the instruction manual of the computer.
  • The programs ZoomBrowser EX and Image Browser included with the supplied CD-ROM are intended for use only with images recorded on the memory card.
  • Video recordings on the tape cannot be transferred to the computer using the software included with the supplied CD-ROM.

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If you computer is reasonably new it most likely will have a Firewire port. If not, you'll need to install a Firewire PCI card.

The software I use is called Scenalyzer. There are other options, but Scenalyzer has a free demo you can try. You can download the software here:

The demo software is fully functional, but it will leave a watermark on your video.

Good luck.

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Firelink Port

you already answered your question. all you need is a firelink wire and a firewire port for your PC. you can check the prices online.I got mine from BestBuy and I use it for 3 years take care

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