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Can I use the Canopus Twin Pact 100 to transfer vider from digital video camera to computer? The firewire port on the camera is no longer working, so I need another way to transfer the video to the computer. Thanks .... Claire

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  • armistead Mar 12, 2008

    Thanks very much for your prompt response. The video camera does have an S-video port, and video/audio ports (yellow/white/red). Would either of these work? I've already tried this connection to no avail, but I may have it hooked up incorrectly. The computer recognizes the Canopus device but not the camera.

    Any other alternatives? I've just about decided I'll have to buy another digital video camera just for the firewire port!!

    Thanks again for your help,
    Claire

  • armistead Mar 12, 2008

    Thanks very much for your reply. The camera stores video on a mini-dv tape. I'm afraid you're right about difficulties replacing the camera's firewire port - it would probably cost more for repair and shipping than to just buy another camera that uses mini-dv tape!

    Thanks,
    Claire

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Hi im sorry to tell you but the only way is through the fire wire you cant even get it repaired as their is know where that survices them the only chance you have of converting it onto your computer is replace the canopus.
What does your digital video camera use to store its data on is it memory card let me know then i can assist you further

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  • paul proctor Mar 12, 2008

    If you video camera has a card then you can buy card readers that work through the usb port these are cheap to buy and worth having as most new cameras have memory cards so it is worth buying as you will know doubt be needing it in the future

  • paul proctor Mar 12, 2008

    Also most camera's and video camera's should have a lead that plugs into the usb port you usually get these free when you buy the camera but a card reader is probably your best bet unless you have the leads as mattozan sugests have a look if not check your video camera and see what it uses to store what you record

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No, it isn't really the right tool for the job.

The Canopus is for converting analog video signals to digital (like capturing the video from your computer monitor as you move the mouse around).

You already have a digital video source (your digital video camera). So this box won't accept that as input.

If your video camera has other output ports, like component video (see below for a picture), then it might work. The Canopus will accept analog RCA for input.

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    Matt Jurach Mar 12, 2008

    Hmm, yes, the S-Video should work with the Canopus.

    Your computer won't detect the camera when it is plugged into the Canopus. You'll have to use the Canopus to transfer the video onto the computer.

    It won't be optimal, since you'll be going from digital to analog and back to digital, but the Canopus is very good and the result should be very good as well.



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