Hi I'm trying to download footage on tape from my sharp vl-z5e camcorder. I thought it would be a simple plug and download or import into iMovie but nothing is working for me. Still pix are showing up but no movie???
Every camera has a Video out with a wire for sound and Video to the VCR or PC with a ATI adapter card... Then use software for Mac by a few company's out there that support mac for Video capture and editing .. ask Futurshop or another vendor or where you bought your mac from would be your best bet for proper infomation.
Are you sure you don't have a mini-firewire output socket? It's labelled DV. You might need to buy a special cable. After you connect and fire up iMovie it's all effortless as you would expect for a mac.
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Hi, still pictures being in digital format would be downloadable to the computer straight from the camera.
Video footages in tape is analog and cannot be dowloaded. You would need a video capture device. It is an interface device that sits between your tape player/camera and your computer. Normally would have a video input either in RCA (yellow) or S connector and provision to connector to your computer (USB, firewire). Also provision for audio (white/red) connection or straight to the line/aux input of your computer. You then have to run the accompanying software to capture the movie while it is playing in realtime in the camera.
If the video footages are saved in a memory stick, flashcard or some other digital format, then it is directly readable/downloadable from the camera to your computer.
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I found a free manual for my camera on this site. it is in pdf format and it is a download. then just print it out or save it on your computer http://www.manualslib.com/manual/151386/Sharp-Viewcamz-Vl-Z5e.html
Get a firewire (IEEE-1394) cable insteaad of trying to use USB. Make sure that both camera and computer have firewire ports. Set camera to Tape/VCR or whatever setting you use when you playback your tape on your camcorder. Just leave it on that setting, don't hit "Play" or anything. Make sure that you have rewinded to the spot where you want it to start (a few seconds before, actually).
If you have WIndows Vista, you don't need drivers. The built-in Windows Photo Gallery will recognize it and will ask you if you want to transfer the tape. It will walk you through the whole process, if you want to transfer the whole tape or only parts of it. If you don't have Vista, you might try downloading Windows Live Photo Gallery but I don't know if it has the same functionality.
To transfer video you need to use firewire, not usb. If you use firewire to connect, set the camera to the 'play' icon and then open up a capture program (ie, movie maker) you should be able to just record/capture from there. Good luck!