Question about Panasonic NV-GS4B Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Mini DV connected to Dell PC by 1394 cable

Pinnacle Studio SE cannot initialise capture device.
Panasonic VFF0154 USB Driver installed but " Removable Disc" is not added in My Computer.
Also USB Mass Storage Device is not displayed in Universal Serial Bus Controllers in Device Manager in Hardware.
Can you help?
Mr J Thuburn.

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  • pratchett Jun 26, 2008

    Dageezer.
    As a newcomer to computers I need to have detailed step by step instructions to follow your advice.
    Can you still help please?

  • pratchett Jun 27, 2008

    I already have current updates.
    New XP patch not appropriate.
    Any other solutions?

  • pratchett Jun 28, 2008

    BearWeb
    I have used this version of Pinnacle on many occasions previously without problems using the same camcorder.
    Now when I try to install the Panasonic USB Driver the Hardware Update Wizard says " The hardware was not installed because the Wizard cannot find the necessary software. Please advise.

  • pratchett Jun 28, 2008

    I have already tried this with no success.
    I think Dageezer may have been going in the right direction but I have not sufficient computer skill to follow his advice.
    Pinnacle,Windows Movie Maker, and AVS Media all cannot initialize the DV capture device.
    My PC will not accept the Panasonic USB Driver softwear.
    Please advise further.

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Turn on your pc and go to bios by pressing del or F2 or F10 depending on the motherboard you use. try to find usb controller or advanced-> usb controller menu in bios and check whether usb is enable or disable.enable it if disable and press F10 to save your setting.

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It could be that your software disc is corrupt and you will need to download the software from the website.

Try this: First uninstall the previous software installed. Restart the computer. Switch on your cam, and plug in via USB. Wait a while and see if it is detected at all, without the software. If it isn't, you may want to check this article:
http://www.thedave.ca/wordpress/index.php/2008/01/05/windows-vista-usb-device-detection-problems/

If it is detected, then the issue is with the software, and as said before, you will need to download it again. Try a clean install as outlined here:
http://www.fixya.com/support/r643558-clean_boot_in_vista

Hope that helps. If it doesnt, please post back, and I will try to assist further as best I can. Should you find the solution helpful, kindly take a moment to "Accept" my solution.

Thanks.



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I would suggest you to remove the drivers and then reinstall them

this would surely help you

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Sir,

This problem occured due to not installed the USB driver software. Install the Supplied USB driver software and restart the computer. it will works.

Thanks
Good luck


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Posted on Jun 27, 2008

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    Asfiya Ahamed Jun 28, 2008

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    Ok first you cant transfer videos recorded onto Mini DV to a computer
    via USB. To transfer them you will need to make sure that your computer
    has a firewire port ( IEEE 1394) this was an option on that model of
    Dells. If you dont have one you will need to buy a USB firewire capture
    device. I have included a link to one below. Next if you did have a
    firewire port, you will need to buy a 6 pin to 4 pin firewire cable and
    then plug the the 6 pin end into the machine and the 4 pin end into the
    camcorder. And finally you will need to use Movie Maker to capture the
    video.

    CLick this link for sources

    http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=...


    - USB capture device with Firewire input only needed if your computer
    doesn't already have a firewire (IEEE 1394) port of you buy this all
    the cables you need are included.



    http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=...


    - 6pin to 4 pin firewire cable only needed if you dont buy the item above, and you have a built in firewire ( IEEE 1394 ) port.



    Thanks
    Good Luck


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Hi there

I would recommend that you download and install one of the following programs. The problem with your current program (Pinnacle Studio SE) is that it does not support .DV file format

  • Pinnacle Studio Plus 9
  • Pinnacle Studio Plus 11
Bellow i will show you the advantages of Pinnacle Studio Plus 9 or 11

Pinnacle Studio Plus 9- Pinnacle has always amazed us with its Studio software for entry-level DV editing. Unlike many other programs at this level, Studio has been designed with the actual job of editing in mind, rather than simply being loaded with tacky special effects. The interface is visual and intuitive, and the package on the whole has always been packed with genuinely useful (and often quite ingenious) features. In recent years, however, we've been equally amazed at the program's flakiness and Pinnacle's inability to keep Studio's head above water.

Pinnacle Studio Plus 11- The newest edition of the best-selling Pinnacle Studio video editing software, Pinnacle Studio Plus Version 11, is all about innovation. This full-featured yet accessible application lets true video enthusiasts harness the power of the latest technologies without compromising ease of use. Pinnacle Studio Plus has an extensive range of capabilities which include compatibility with the new Windows Vista operating system, HD DVD and AVCHD format editing and disc burning, Hi-Fi audio music generation, and automatic Web publishing. With improved performance and speed, and a sleek new user interface, Pinnacle Studio Plus offers customers a video editing experience like never before.

Both of these programs support .DV Editing which is what you need.

Keep us posted and thank you for using our service.
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USB Connection Kit
(NV-GS4/GS5 only)
Using the supplied USB Connection Kit, you can import still pictures into your personal computer.
1 Install the supplied USB driver.
2 Set the Movie Camera to Card Playback Mode.
3 Set the Movie Camera to Still Playback Mode.
4 Connect the supplied USB Cable 1 to [USB] Socket 2.

  • It enters PC connection mode.
  • The USB Connection Kit can be used with Windows98 Second Edition/Me/2000/XP.
  • Use AC Adaptor as power source for the Movie Camera. (The Card or its contents may be destroyed if battery power is lost while transmitting data.)
  • Mode cannot be changed in PC connection mode by sliding [OFF/ON/MODE] Selector Switch.

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

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    micromaster Jun 26, 2008

    Personal Computer Connection Kit
    Using the optional Personal Computer Connection Kit, you can import still
    pictures into your personal computer.
    ≥Use the Digital Still Picture Terminal [DIGITAL STILL PICTURE] 1 when
    using the Personal Computer Connection Kit.
    ≥When recording, be careful not to cut off the Time Code from the start of the
    tape.
    ≥MPEG4 data or Voice data cannnot be used.

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You might have to reload Pinnacle studio if the software isn't recognizing it. Check with Pinncalesys.com to see if there is an update to your software as well before reinstalling it.

I've never heard of a DV camcorder being recognized as a removable disc. I know that DVD camcorders can be. Usually on a DV camcorder it is plugged into the computer, the power gets turned on and then it tries to connect to a program to capture the video from the camcorder.

A lot times DV Camcorders are plug and play requiring very little software. Once it is plugged in Pinnacle Studio prompts you to use the camera with the software.

I don't know too if this hase something to do with the software being an SE or not. I use a complete Pinnacle Studio system. You might want to check at pinnaclesys.com on that.

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

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    Tim Babcock Jun 26, 2008

    If your using a 1394 cable it should pull up as a removable device in that area. It's seperate from the USB. I forgot that camera had a memory card in it and should detect as a removable device only if a SD card is installed in the camera.



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    Tim Babcock Jun 27, 2008

    Theres a version 12 of Studio out now.

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Hi,

May I offer an alternative, it is possible that the issue has something to do with the USB in general. If you are using Vista, Microsoft has acknowledged this issue and has posted a patch/upgrade, Update for Windows Vista (KB940199) which can be found here. A similar patch is likewise available for XP here.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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Plz open the device manager and unistall the pinnacle's driver then install the pinnalce's driver from the cd.
Please check in bios that your usb is enabled

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

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    plz open the device manager and unistall the pinnacle's driver then install the pinnalce's driver from the cd.
    Please check in bios that your usb is enabled

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Go to my computer -> properties

hardware -> device manager and scan for new hardware devices

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

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    isaac johny Jun 26, 2008

    may be the usb card must have popped out of the mother board or some problem with the usb controllers

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Open DISK MANAGEMENT,see if there is a Drive letter conflict (USUALLY with Mapped drive)

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