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Firewire Download I have a VL-Z1 Camcorder and i am trying to convert the videos to the computer via a Fire cable. I connect it all up and my computer does not reconise that it has anything connected to it. I am using Vista. Any reason why this may be happening?

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  • buckeyerex May 03, 2008

    I just aquired a sharp viewcam VL-Z1U digital comcorder.I haven't tried to tranfer video to my new dell running vista because when you do a search about this it says that this sharp cam will not work with vista unless they fix the programing and post a download.

  • strickssg Jul 06, 2008

    Need Software for digital camcorder model vl-z1, I am unable to download image to my dell computer. I have miss place the orginial disc.

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    my combuter dose not fell my camera

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I hate to say this but Vista is not that great. I prefer Windows XP.
2nd Make sure your Firewire actually works on your PC that it's not a faulty wire or your "connector on the tower actually is functional?"
When connnected it should give you a list like Windows Movie maker etc....

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I need the part # that will allow me to connect my Sharp Viewcam Z VL-Z1 to my computer to download video. Please help.


This type of camera usually downloads better with a Firewire (DV) connection. Some mini-DV cameras only use the USB connection for stills (if they have one) and can only download video by Firewire. This is because you have to play the tape into the computer, not just copy a file.

Most PCs have a USB port, but no Firewire port. Macs often have a Firewire port but may not have USB. As most Windows PCs do not come with this interface, you might need to fit an add-on Firewire interface card. This will come with a driver for the card.

Suitable Firewire (DV) cables can usually be found on Amazon or eBay. Try a search on your camera model number. Most cameras need the kind with a small (four pin) connector at one end and a larger (six pin) connector at the other.

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I want to connect my viewcam VL-Z3 to my latop, but I dont have a driver to support it. Can you help?


I had this problem too.
I searched the web high and low. Even wasted 2.99 on what claimed was the driver but turned out to only be instalation directions.

From what I understand, Sharp no longer supports camcorders, so obtaining the dirver from them is out of the question.

Connecting your camcorder to your computer via USB is only used to transfer photos from your SD on your camcorder. You cannot transfer video via this method.
Here`s what I did to solve the problem of not having the driver.
I got a $10 SD card reader for my computer and this solved the problem.

To transfer video from your VL-Z3U to your computer, all you need is a firewire cable .

Assuming that you have a firewire port on your computer, simply connect your camcorder to your computer via firewire, power up your camcorder and your computer should automaticly recognize your device.
You can now transfer video to your computer using your normal video capture/editing software.

Hope this helps

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Want to transfer videos from a mini DV cassette to computer.


Hi
Basically what you need is a video card in your computer. Then you can connect your AV/S cable from the camcorder to the computer video card. When you buy a new video card, it usually comes with a free basic editing software which you can use to capture the video on your computer. Hope this helps.

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How make a copy my videos


Install the Software which comes with the Camcorder, if u don't have one install atleast install the drivers from the JVC website...

You may need (if u don't have Original Disk from Camcorder) video editing ,capturing software (google for free versions ).

Once the software is installed , hook the usb cable to system and turn on the Camcorder..start the video software...follow the instructions...

hope it helps...keep the hope..:)

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Want to transfer videos from a mini DV cassette to computer.


YOU NEED THE SHARP CD-ROM TO LOAD THE VIDEO DRIVERS ON YOUR COMPUTER TO RECOGNIZE THE CAMERA...PART # IS CDSKAA028WJ01

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FIREWAIRE OR USB?


This camera appears to be firewire only, according to the comparison chart on sharp's website:
http://sharp-world.com/products/viewcam/compare2003.html
They call it iLink, which is Sony's term for iEE1394, Firewire is Apple's term for it.

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Help!! Can not connect my Sharp ViewCam Z VL-Z3U Through FireWire


Hello,

Try searching these posts to see if they will help your problem. Seems this is common. See the link below.

http://www.fixya.com/tags/VL_Z3U

Mar 26, 2008 | Sharp Viewcam VL-Z3U Mini DV Digital...

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Cant find camera when I plug in my firewire to the computer & camera


Hi,

You will need the VL-Z1 CD-ROM Drivers/Software to get your computer to recognize it. The software comes with your camera when you buy it. You can find a replacement by clicking the above link.

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the firewire cable is available at the computer shop when you buy a ee1394 card...the av cable i know is included on the camera kit when you the camera.. if not included then try to the authorized dealer of sharp..

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