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Connected to a PC but won't capture video

My PC seems to detects the camera being plugged in via the DV (IEEE1394) cable but will not recognize it when try to capture video. It's set to play mode but just can't seem to make the connection to upload the video footage. Any ideas?

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SOURCE: Can't transfer video to PC

I could not find the manual for this model on the web, so I'm giving you my best guess.

I found some information that said you could transfer still images and Motion-JPEG video clips to your computer using the USB port.

In general you cannot transfer video to your computer using a USB. To transfer video from most camcorders you need a DV (Firewire, also called 1394) cable. You also need some software.

I'm thinking that when you have an SD card in your camcorder there's some way to tell it you wish to record Motion-JPEG clips to the card rather than full video to the tape. If you've created a standard recording I don't think you'll be able to transfer it with USB.

I believe Windows Movie Maker will let you connect to your camera using a DV cable. I used software called Scenalyzer. A full demo is available free of charge at The demo will leave a "watermark" on your video. If you like the software you'll need to buy it in order to capture video without the watermark.

If you have any more questions, let me know.

Posted on Dec 28, 2007

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SOURCE: Canon XL2 capturing problems

This is not a sarcastic reply - it's genuine. If you're serious about making video, switch to a Mac. I use an XL1 or 2 every day, never have a connection issue. Regards, Nik

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SOURCE: Canon MV890 not being detected

uninstall and reboot if xp sees it then reinstall software and drivers

Posted on Feb 01, 2009

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SOURCE: Cannot download video, only Card pictures

I do not know MACs, but a standard 4-pin to 6-pin firewire (IEEE1394) is needed. On Windows XP, plug it in, run Windows Movemaker and you are good to go. By the way, a "DV cable" is a firewire cable.

If your MAC cannot "see" your camcorder, try another firewire device to see if your MAC is the culprit, or drag your camcorder and firewire cable to a friend's PC running Windows XP and see if it works.

Posted on May 31, 2009

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SOURCE: Please help me...When I connect

Try playing the tape before connecting up to the mac with the firewire and before loading FCP up. Usually fixes it for me when using either iMovie to import or FCP

Posted on Jan 21, 2010

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SOURCE: DV In flashing when plugged into computer

exact same thing happening to me. I have always been able to ingest footage no problem.. Firewire basic setting in fcp.. no problems ever. Now this flashing DV IN signal when I connect to the computer and fcp doesnt recognize the camera. too weird. I know its not the cable. I plugged my little panasonic in and no problems.. same settings in fcp.??

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I cannot connect the camera to the PC to download video from a tape in the camera. I have been to Windows websites, Canon websites, there are supposedly no drivers to download, the Canon Zoom Browser EX...

I can't see the other solutions you mention.

This camera requires a Firewire (DV or IEEE1394) connection to download videos from tape. That is all there is to it. Some mini-DV cameras will download by USB cable, but this one is not one of them. The USB connection is only usable to download stills from a memory card in the camera in this model.

The same is true of cameras made by other companies such as Sony and Samsung. Some models will download over USB cables but other will only work over Firewire.

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win vista and win 7doesn't support usb streaming. the usb driver for this model would not be compatible with your computer's OS. although, you were able to download PMB still this wouldn't work, it's basically an alternative software that you can use with the newer OS. still the device driver would not be installed. and you would get a message that "ilink connection is not detected". the reason you get that is bec the camcorder and the software is intended for use with the dv (ilink or ieee1394) connection. so if your computer has an ieee1394 card and you have a compatible ilink cable,then your good to go,it should be a plug-and-play connection (no drivers required). all you need then would be a video capturing software (like win moviemaker) to transfer videos from tape to PC. hope this helps. thanks :)

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If the pics you mention here is you mean video since photo capturing in this model will be recorded on tape coz it doesn't have mem card, this camera can only be connected to your PC via firewire(IEEE1394) and videos can be captured/transferred by the aid of some editing software like Windows Movie Maker. By the way: there's a lot of editing software can be found in the market like Ulead, Cyberlink, Intervideo etc. Hope it helps, good luck

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Make sure that the camera and the computer are both turned off. Put camera in the playback mode and turn off.
Turn camera and computer on at the same time and open your editing software. The software should then recognize the camera. Press play on the camera and capture on the software screen at the same time.

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This is not a sarcastic reply - it's genuine. If you're serious about making video, switch to a Mac. I use an XL1 or 2 every day, never have a connection issue. Regards, Nik

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Pinnacle software will recognize the camera installed through a firewire cable once the camera is turned on. Windows movies software doesn't recognize DV cameras. You may be able to get capture to work if you go to and download the Windows Media 9.0 Development Kit. I believe DV input is a capture option.

There has to be a 3rd party program installed to get it to recognize it.

Good luck on that.

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This is not a solution to a problem.We need solutions not suggestion about a system we are not being able to use.

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Only DV connections (IEEE1394 connections) are possible when connecting your camcorder to a computer. DV connections (IEEE1394 connections) Your camcorder can be connected to a computer equipped with an IEEE1394 (DV) terminal or OHCI-compliant IEEE1394 capture board. You can transfer taped recordings (digital video signals) to the computer by connecting the camcorder to the computer. Use the editing software supplied with your computer/capture board to transfer video recordings from tape to the computer. If you are using a computer running Windows XP, you can also record the video simultaneously on your computer's hard disk and on the tape using DV-PC Recorder Software. You can download the DV-PC Recorder Software from Canon's DV-PC Recorder Web site. Making the connection Connect the camcorder to the computer as shown in the figure below. The computer's IEEE1394 (DV) terminal is either a 4-pin or a 6-pin type, depending on the computer used. Use either the CV-150F (4-pin - 4-pin) or the CV-250F (4-pin - 6-pin) DV cable (sold separately), whichever fits your computer's terminal. Precautions (1) There are cases where the connection may not work correctly, depending on your system specifications/settings. (2) If the computer freezes while you have the camcorder connected to it , disconnect and reconnect the DV cable. If the problem persists, take the following actions. (2-1) Disconnect the DV cable from the camcorder and the computer, and then turn off the camcorder and the computer. (2-2) Turn the camcorder and the computer back on and then reconnect them with the DV cable. (3) Your camera cannot be used with DV NETWORK SOFTWARE (DV Messenger).

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Canon HV10 camcorder behaving badly I bought this used not too long ago and I got a great deal for it, plus it was in fantastic shape, as it had been owned by a professional videographer. However, it has a few quirks, as I quickly noticed. She supplied some blank unopened Mini DV tapes and I went ahead and taped some sequences, but then I found that my MacBook Pro was having big trouble dealing with the files, which seemed to be overwhelming iMovie (a program which I completely despise, but there seems to be be no alternative. I loved iMovie HD -- the one that used to ship back in 2006 or so, but the new version is a complete nightmare). Anyway, that's not the problem -- what iS the problem is that no matter what tape, new, old, Ultra High def or whatever (I don't know what they are but I just assume they're regular Min DVD tapes) I use, upon recording the tape skips, badly. It's not even a stutter. It just stops and starts, giving no indication while I'm recording, but obvious on playback. This happens even when just playing back on the camcorders screen, let alone when it's brought onto the computer. Luckily I have an old Elura 100 which is also a Mini DV -- but IT won't even PLAY the tapes I record with the HV10, saying something like they're the wrong type of tape. They probably are, because they're recorded in 1080p, which obviously the Elura can't handle (I think it MIGHT go up to 490p but I'm not sure). But what could be causing the skipping? I've tried changing EVERYTHING in the preferences -- making it not 1080p but 480p, changing the tape speed, anything I can think of, but it still keeps skipping. Too bad, because when it did work, for the first couple of months, the picture was stupendous. One possible hint -- on only ONE occasion I got a "Tape heads need to be cleaned" onscreen error -- the only one I've ever seen and that only once n hundreds of times. For a precaution I just ordered a cleaning tape, but can anyone think of something else that could be wrong with this thing? It's just not worth taking it to a service centre and having it "looked at" for a third of the price I paid for the whole damn thing -- I'd rather just chuck it and get another. And while I've got you here can you suggest a goodish Mini DV camcorder that won't break the bank? I want Mini DV because I have so many old tapes I need to play back from time to time, and, well, I'm a dinosaur. But I will entertain suggestions for, say, flash drives if you think that may be a good option. After all, I still have the Elura if I need it. Something ultra small, with HD capability would be nice. Thanks in advance!

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