I just bought a 4 pin to 6 pin firewire cable and a firewire notebook adapter for my cardbus slot. I am using XP on an ACER laptop, XP found and installed the driver for the cardbus but when I connect the camcorder to the card, I get nothing?? The cmacorder is turned on in the play back mode. I restarted the computer, uninstalled and reinstalled the driver for the card and I have searched the web looking to see if a driver is needed for my camera and have not found any. Please help.
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Re: My laptop is not finding my camera
Basically you have to import your videos from your camera from software like, Pinnacle studio, adobe photoshop elements, windows movie maker etc.
Try opening up a software windows movie maker and import videos or pics. Let me know!
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Firewire is what you require.
Most computer shops will sell firewire cables.
You will need to find out what type of socket goes to the computer.
The camera uses a 4 pin socket and most computers use a six pin. Generally a 4 to 6 pin cable is used for Desktop Top computers.
Laptops usually use 4 pin, so a 4 to 4 pin cable would be that option.
Newer computers use 800 firewire ports that have a 9 pin port, 4 to 9 pin in this case.
There are 3 options, so check the camera and computer to make sure you get the correct cable.
Firewire is also called iLink or IEEE1394a for 400 and IEEE1394b for 800.
You require a firewire cable to connect to the PC then use Movie Maker to capture the footage.
Cameras use a 4 pin socket and computers can use 4, 6, or 9 pin sockets.
Determine which socket is on the trget computer and buy the necessary cable.
FYI: Most Laptops use 4 pin and most Desktops use 6 pin. Avoid adapters if possible.
For example; if your Desktop computer has a 6 pin socket you buy a 4 to 6 pin firewire cable. Firewire is also called iLink or IEEE 1394.
You need to get a Digital to Analogue converter such as the Canopus ADVC110 A/D Converter. (circa $225). There may be cheaper alternatives. (you might also be able to use a digital camcorder that has a built in Analogue to digital converter): Canopus 77010150100 ADVC110 Converter The Canopus comes with a 6-pin firewire cable. Since your Dell Studio has a 4 pin Firewire (actually called iLink) you will also need a 6-pin to 4-pin cable or an adapter: Firewire 6-PIN To 4-PIN Cable
You hook your Sony up to the A/D converter with audio and video cables (usually supplied with your camcorder) and hook the converter to you Dell with a firewire cable. Then you capture the video using some video capture software. I don't know what comes with windows these days.
Get a 4-pin Firewire cable. Plugs in just below power plug slot. What plug you need on the other end depends on your computer. You can get Firewires in 4 to 4 pin; 4 to 6 pin, and 4 pin to USB. My laptop is configured to take a 4 or 6 pin Firewire but my desktop only has USB. I transfered using 4 to 4 pin and it worked great. No drivers, no discs needed...at least with Vista. As soon as I plugged in the camera, I was asked to whether I wanted to transfer from biginning of tape or at currenty location. I chose from the beginning and the camera automatically rewound and strated to transfer to the PC. I don't know if it would work same way with 4-wire Firewire to USB but assume it would. Cables around $35 but I purchased at Circuit City for the going out of business discount. I also bought some SD cards so I can take snapshots and transfer them too for print.
Browsing over the md120 specs, included should be a software disc for the usb connector, so it shouldn't matter whether you use an adapter or the 4 to 4 cable. This disc will have the drivers and software for using the camera in conjunction with your laptop. Have you tried this download for the camera. http://software.canon-europe.com/products/0010449.asp
Also check out this link. Towards the bottom under additional features it lists software, drivers and utilities, and at the bottom under supplied accessories it lists application software/usb driver. Go to the store you purchased this at or contact Cannon support and get the disc that was supposed to be included.
firewire is also called 1394 or dv port-card can always be added to older computer to support-cables are 4 pin to 4 pin or 4-6 pin-cam is always 4 pin -mac and most towers 6 pin-laptops are 4 pin-look for a port that looks like usb but has a trapezoid shape end
You cannot connect a DV cable to a USB port. These are two incompatible standards. DV is also called Firewire, iLink or IEEE1394. You PC must have that kind of port for you to transfer your video from the ZR800 and you will need a DV (iLink/Firewire) cable. You cannot use USB cable they will not work. Check www.MyCableMart.com if you want an example.
Most new PC come with 1 or 2 iLink/Firewire/1394
If you PC does not have an iLink/Firewire/1394 port then you will need to install a iLink/Firewire/1394 card (see http://www.usbfirewire.com/Parts/rr-fw-byt.html) for more information.