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Playback on Sharp VL-PD1

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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Connect JVC GR-D240ek to vista laptop

Hi and welcome to FixYa,

A firewire to USB will not work. It has to be firewire to firewire. A JVC GR-D240ek uses 4-pin, IEEE 1394 compliant Digital Video Connector [DV OUT] to connect a 1394 cable (also known as a FireWire or i.Link cable) to a laptop equipped with an equivalent IEEE 1394 port. Please note that some laptops firewire port could either be 4 pins or 6 pins.
Soon as that connection as shown above is established, you can use Windows Import Video to capture / download the videos.

Other notes (from the same Windows Help link above) :
  • You can also open Windows Import Video by using Windows Movie Maker. After you connect ... your DV camera, and your computer, start Windows Movie Maker, turn on your DV camera, put it into playback mode, and Windows Import Video should open automatically.
  • You can also open Windows Import Video by using Windows Photo Gallery. After you connect ...your DV camera, and your computer, start Windows Photo Gallery, turn on your DV camera, and put it into playback mode. In Windows Photo Gallery, click File, click Import from Camera or Scanner, click your DV camera in the list of devices, click Import, and then follow the instructions.
  • You can also open Windows Import Video by using Windows Live Photo Gallery. (This options requires you to install Windows Live on your computer.) After you connect your...your DV camera, and your computer, start Windows Live Photo Gallery, turn on your DV camera, and put it into playback mode. In Windows Live Photo Gallery, click File, click Import from a camera or scanner, click your DV camera in the list of devices, click Import, and then follow the instructions.
Verify that the laptop's firewire port is 100% up to specs and totally compliant to IEEE 1394.

God luck and thank you for using FixYa.

Jun 18, 2009 | JVC GR-D240 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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I need the part # that will allow me to connect my Sharp Viewcam Z VL-Z1 to my computer to download video. Please help.

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.

Nov 16, 2010 | Sharp Viewcam VL-Z1 Mini DV Digital...

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I want to transfer my videos taken on my Sharp

You will need a firewire cable and a firewire port on your computer. If you don't have such a port then you can buy a firewire pci card.

See this for info and pictures

Feb 07, 2010 | Sharp Viewcam VL-Z1H Mini DV Digital...

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Trying to transfer camcorder video to computer.

To transfer camcorder video to computer, you need the following:-
1. Firewire cable (it looks similar to the USB cable, but has very high speed capability)
2. Appropriate software/application.
If a firewire cable did not come with your camcorder then see that purchase one right away, ‘cause you will always need it for this purpose. Then you should have a video editing software like Adobe Premiere or Ulead installed on your system. Adobe Premiere is recommended for its speed.
Once you have these in place, all you need do is connect the camcorder to your computer via firewire, have your video editing application/program open, and simply playback. You will observe that the playback on the camcorder is at the same time being shown on the computer screen within the application. While the mini DV tape is playing back click on capture on the video editing application you are doing the playback from, i.e. Adobe Premiere, Ulead etc.

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I want to connect my viewcam VL-Z3 to my latop, but I dont have a driver to support it. Can you help?

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.

Hope this helps

Aug 07, 2009 | Sharp Viewcam VL-Z3U Mini DV Digital...

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Viewcam Z VL-Z100

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:

Check, first, to make sure that the pc-end of the cable is, in fact, a firewire connector.

Jul 20, 2009 | Sharp Viewcam VL-Z1 Mini DV Digital...

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Firewire and playback on TV

I don't know it this will solve your problem but I'm using a 3 pole male plug and getting picture on the TV (but not great picture - see above).

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SHARP Viewcam z vl-Z500H-S Camcorder

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!

Jun 17, 2008 | Sharp VL-Z500H Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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How to get video onto a pc

use your cd to install the drivers onto your computer. Connect camera via usb and use the pixel software that came with your camera or you can use Windows Movie Maker to download your recordings.

Mar 09, 2008 | Sharp VL-Z500H Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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