The fire wire port use to work now it doesnt, camera less then 5 months old. I carefully followed the directions on how to plug and unplug turn and turn off camera and computer when connecting IEEE1394 cable. Camera stopped working using fire wire. Tried camera on another computer still doesnt work
I'm supposing here that you're using a Macintosh computer, because the firewire port is only supposed to work with a PV-GS320 when the camera's downloading into a Macintosh computer. (For computers operating under Windows it's supposed to download through the USB port instead.) And: I'm writing you because I'm having exactly the same problem that you described!
The first 2 movies I took downloaded from the camera VERY easily, but the 3rd one refuses to download at all (the computer doesn't recognize that there's anything to download). I also tried the camera on another computer and the problem was exactly on my own computer even though the updated levels of the operating system and of the iMovie software in the computer were slightly different.
I've asked Fixya for help on 17 May 2008, and never have received any response at all (despite having paid in advance for “Premium” technical support); so Ive given up on them and am working the problem elsewise.
My e-mail address is [email protected] and my phone number is (310)374-6133. Please contact me and maybe we can help each other.
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The problem with pd 177 its that it can burn the fire wire port and its not able to communicate with the pc you should check that the fire wire ports to see if they are working if they are then its the fire wire port that needs to be replaced.
Check the ebay you might be able to find one there.
hope that helps as my selfe had the same problem .
Yes with fire wire cable and fire wire port from camera straight to pc and then you need nero to import the video material to your desktop with out a problem but you need a fire wire port on both camera and pc if you dont have any of those you will need to buy a dvd recorder
USB and firewire cables are completely different and are not interchangeable.
A firewire cable is rarely supplied with a camera and 99% of the time you have to buy one.
They are available are most places that sell computer gear.
The camera will have a 4 pin socket and most PCs use a 6 pin socket.
If your computer has a 6 pin socket you require a 4 to 6 pin firewire cable.
Firewire is also called IEEE1394 or iLink.
This type of camera usually downloads video over a Firewire (DV, IEEE1394) connection. Some mini-DV cameras have a USB connection but it is used only for stills.
Most PCs have a USB port, but no Firewire port. Macs often have a Firewire port but may not have USB. As most Windows PCs do not come with this interface, you might need to fit an add-on Firewire interface card. This will come with a driver for the card. If you have a MAC, you may already have a port.
Suitable Firewire (DV) cables can easily be found on Amazon or eBay. You will need the kind with a small (four pin) connector at one end and a larger (six pin) connector at the other. My Samsung mini-DV camera came with the correct lead. I did not need a driver, just some sort of video editing software that can accept input. Even Windows Movie Maker that ships with Windows will work.
Since Windows Vista doesn't support USB Streaming, it's not possible to transfer the videos to the Computer using the USB connection. However, you may transfer the videos to the Computer using an i.Link or an AV connection. The AV port is similar to the Composite port of the TV. i.LINK is the same as Fire-wire/IEEE1394. It is a D Shaped connector of either 4 or 6 pins. The type of cable to be used will depend on the i.LINK port of your Computer. However, it's required to have the Analog or the i.Link Capture Card installed on the Computer to stream Videos using the AV and the i.Link connection respectively. It's required to purchase either a 4 - pin to 4 - pin or a 4 - pin to 6 - pin i.LINK / Fire-wire cable depending on the number of pins on the i.LINK / Fire-wire port of your computer (since Camcorder will have only 4PIN i-LINK, while the Computer may have a 4PIN or 6 PIN i.LINK port). If your computer does not feature this port, you may contact your Computer retailer to install a separate i.LINK Capture card in your Computer. The software and driver to be used for video transfer will be supplied by the computer manufacturer (if the computer came with an i.LINK interface) or else by the i.LINK card manufacturer. Click on the below links to get the steps to transfer the videos to the Computer using the: i.Link connection:- http://www.kb.sony.com/selfservice/documentLink.do?externalId=C111921
AV connection:- http://www.kb.sony.com/selfservice/documentLink.do?externalId=C111893
You are mentioning that you are trying to transfer video though USB port, that is not possible, you have to connect the to the pc through the DV port from the camera to the Firewire port of
the PC, if your PC doesnt have a Fire wire port, install a IEEE1394
firewire card in one of your PCI slots.