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Cannot transfer from camcorder to computer.

I recently purchased a canon ZR 700 to record and later download to the web. Problem is, my camcorder is not reconized on any of 3 computers I have connected to using a firewire cable (IEEE). I have a DVD recorder that also has a DV connector, but that also shows only a blank picture. The screen on the cam shows DV-IN when connected. I tried 3 different firewire cables, but no luck with any.

Any ideas???

Jerry

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  • ChrisBell Jun 08, 2008

    I'm having the same difficulty with my Canon ZR 700. It just won't be recognized by my Mac. I followed the iMovie instructions and even tried using the digital video software that Canon supplied w/ the camera. Nothing. I'd be really interested if anyone has a solution for us! Thanks~ Chris

  • s_venki123 Sep 25, 2008

    i have zr700 canon camcorder. i am unable upload videos to my laptop.i have windows vista.i tried to connect camcorder to laptop with firewire cable.my laptop not recognizing any connection.plz help me with the solution....

  • Anonymous Jan 25, 2009

    I think the problem is that it will only download movies shot on the sd chip not to a cassette. notice how in the manual it mentions this only under download from a SD chip. We're screwed if it was shot to a cassette.

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Hi,
make sure you are using 4 pin to 4pin firewire which looks like this:
http://www.pcab.co.uk/ebay/firewire%204%20to%204.jpg

After connecting,
Switch on the Cam.
Open Windows Movie Maker and import video from device.


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  • skanthitg Jun 21, 2011

    any update on this issue?? I am facing the same problem.

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