Question about Panasonic PV-GS39 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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PV-GS 39 The Panasonic PV-GS 39 camcorder is not responding when I try to capture using Windows Movie Maker. I am using firewire to connect it to the PC. I have read others have the same problem. Is this an actual fault for this camera? Very dispppointing from such a brand name. What could, if there is any, be the problem?

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Re: PV-GS 39

I got a Firewire cable at Ocean State Job lot for $ 5.00 and the free viersion of Microsoft Movie Maker 5.1 with Service Pack 2 works perfect on Windows XP Pro.

Posted on Mar 30, 2008

Re: PV-GS 39

Go to the canadian web site and download the driver for the GS-39 there. It worked for me with XT.

Posted on Mar 17, 2008

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