Hi,there! I am trying for some days to solve the problem of footage capturing on my lap-top.It's an Acer equiped with Windows XP.It's a nightmare.I downloaded the DV-PC software, I have an IEEE1394 firewire connection...My camera is not recognized by the PC...and the software too.Nothing's working.My computer , well Windows is blocking when I insert the IEEE1394- not all the time ,but often...I'm exhausted.Please, somebody...maybe you guys know how to manage the situation.Thanks,
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Hi in order to get footage off your camera through Firewire i.e DV you will have to use a software to capture the footage. You can use iMovie to capture the footage off the camera. Open Apple System Profiler (it's in the Utilities folder) and check to see if your camera appears in the FireWire section.
If your camera is connected via FireWire and is turned on, follow one or
more of these tips to re-establish the connection to the camera.
Turn the camera off and back on again.
the FireWire cable from your computer and reconnect it. Do the same at
the camera as well. If the camera is connected through a FireWire hub,
try connecting the camera directly to the computer.
Some cameras need to be set to "VTR", "VCR", or "DV" mode in order to
communicate with a computer. Check your camera's documentation for
information on how to set your camera to this mode if needed
XL2s are notorious for issues in interacting with final cut.
Simply put, sometimes it will work, sometimes it won't. But - there's a way around it.
Change the capture settings preset to 'non-controllable device'. Use the shuttle controls on top the handle of the XL2 to play back the footage as you wish. when you want to capture, click 'Capture Now' - It should do the trick.
I use Pinnacle Studio versions 9 and 10 without any problems. The software sees the camera MV700i and controlls the playback etc.
Have also used Ulead Movie Factory without any problems, but its a little harder when it comes to editing the output.