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How do I connect the camcorder to the computer using a DV (IEEE1394) cable?

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Re: Connection using Firewire

Use a DV cable to connect the camcorder to the computer. Determine whether your computer has a 4-pin or a 6-pin DV terminal. Use an appropriate, commercially available DV cable for your computer's DV terminal. When making this connection, the use of the compact power adapter is recommended. How to connect ? 1. Turn the camcorder's POWER switch to . ? 2. Move the TAPE/CARD switch to . ? 3. Connect the computer's DV terminal and the camcorder's DV terminal with the DV cable as shown in the image below. The location of DV terminals differs between computers. For more information, please refer to the documentation that came with your computer. Important: 1. Operation may not work correctly depending on the software and the specifications/settings of your computer. 2. If the computer freezes while the camcorder is connected, disconnect and reconnect the DV cable. If the problem persists, do as follows. (1) Disconnect the DV cable, and then turn off the camcorder and the computer. (2) Turn the camcorder and the computer back on and reconnect them with the DV cable. 3. The image files saved on the hard disk drive of your computer are original data files. If you wish to edit these image files on your computer, make copies of them first, and use the copied file, retaining the original.

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