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Canon MV890 downloading

Hello, I have the above camcorder and I have brought firewire card and cable. I want to download/transfer the tape from camcorder to my laptop, how can you do this

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SOURCE: Transfer of video from Panasonic NV-GS50 tape to computer

You will need a firewire card in your PC and firewire cable to connect your camera to the PC. you will also need a software like Windows movie maker which can help you to transfer videos from your camera to the PC.

Posted on May 19, 2007

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SOURCE: canon zr500

The ZR500 has a firewire port that is best for tranferring video to your pc, so a firewire cable would be needed -- and you would need a firewire card in your pc to accept it. It might also have a USB port (don't have it in front of me right now). I've never used USB to transfer video, but I think it would work fine.

Posted on Oct 08, 2008

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SOURCE: FireWire for camcorder mini dv

Go to this link. Click on "Frequently Asked Questions" and then click on the appropriate link (#4). Basically, once the firewire cable is connected, make sure that the camcorder is in the playback mode, is turned on, and you see "DV IN" on the LCD. If all that is happening, your computer/software should be able to "see" the camcorder and download the video.

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