Sharp VL-PD1 playback is pixelated (mosaic) from DV port
When i connect the camcorder to the DV port and connect via firewire the playback is garbled or heavily mosaiced/pixelated this is not present on the view finder or the LCD screen as the playback is crystal clear there. Its only when i connect to the DV port i get a screen full of pixels, you can make out what is happening but the blocks are offset and it looks as if its interlaced somehow. I also have the JVC GR-D21EK which hooks up %100 ok to the dv port so its not a computer thing. Could it be a software thing as i can still control the sharps playback rewind etc but can view the pictures properly. Thanks Spencer
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The simplest solution is to use a FireWire cable connected between camera DV output and FireWire PC Input. If your PC or laptop do not has a FireWire Input, you can use an USB capture device like EasyCap connected to your PC by USB interface and to your Camcorder by RCA connector or S-Video connector.
This type of camera usually downloads better with a Firewire (DV) connection. Some mini-DV cameras only use the USB connection for stills (if they have one) and can only download video by Firewire. This is because you have to play the tape into the computer, not just copy a file.
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.
Suitable Firewire (DV) cables can usually be found on Amazon or eBay. Try a search on your camera model number. Most cameras need the kind with a small (four pin) connector at one end and a larger (six pin) connector at the other.
I had this problem too.
I searched the web high and low. Even wasted 2.99 on what claimed was the driver but turned out to only be instalation directions.
From what I understand, Sharp no longer supports camcorders, so obtaining the dirver from them is out of the question.
Connecting your camcorder to your computer via USB is only used to transfer photos from your SD on your camcorder. You cannot transfer video via this method.
Here`s what I did to solve the problem of not having the driver.
I got a $10 SD card reader for my computer and this solved the problem.
To transfer video from your VL-Z3U to your computer, all you need is a firewire cable .
Assuming that you have a firewire port on your computer, simply connect your camcorder to your computer via firewire, power up your camcorder and your computer should automaticly recognize your device.
You can now transfer video to your computer using your normal video capture/editing software.
You may need what's called a 'firewire' port, which was the transfer port of choice for most DV models of the time.
My contact at the local RadioShack advised me that a DV-to-USB cable might work to allow transfers since firewire isn't really supported these days. I've not tested it myself though. The cable should cost less than $20.00... and if you're careful with the packaging, you could always return it if it proves useless.
HOWEVER, this is what you may need to allow correct transfer from the cam to the laptop:
To transfer video you need to use firewire, not usb. If you use firewire to connect, set the camera to the 'play' icon and then open up a capture program (ie, movie maker) you should be able to just record/capture from there. Good luck!