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Cannot download video, only Card pictures

Computer(s) will not find ZR70mc Device, except in the Card Mode, preventing me from downloading video. I have tried S cable, IEEE 1394. Does it only work with DV cable?

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Re: Cannot download video, only Card pictures

Try a different firewire cable, and check to make sure the connection is not loose. Sometimes pins get bent in the camera where the connection is made. Check it out. They can be bent back gently.

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