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Yes. Using a DV or firewire cable and the right software you can record to DV tape. I know Pinnacle Studio software is capable of doing this and will even control the recording of the taping as well through the sofware.
Many Camcorder users have faced problems while connecting
their camcorder to their PC. One of the most common problems is ?no
activity? after connecting the camcorder to the PC. The found new
hardware wizard does not run and fails to detect the camcorder.
This can mean two things. Either the DV port on the Camcorder
is not working or the FireWire cable is faulty. Try using a different FireWire cable. If the camera is still not detected by the PC, try connecting it to a different PC. If the Camcorder is still not detected, then your camcorders DV port is most likely at fault.
Confirming that the FireWire Port on you PC is working fine You can check the status of the FireWire port from under Device Manager. To access the Device Manager, Right Click on My Computer and then click on Properties. Select the Hardware tab and click on Device Manager. If you cannot see the FireWire port in the list, then it is not inserted properly into the motherboard. If you see a Yellow exclamation mark, then you need to install the drivers, which are usually bundled with a Floppy or CD with the FireWire card.
1. Using the A/V Cables provided, connect the proper end of the cable to the Camcorder where labeled A/V Jack
2. Connect the other end to the A/V inputs on the VCR. (Location of A/V jacks may vary by model)
3. You must activate the video mode on your VCR. Look for a button labeled: TV/VIDEO, INPUT, SOURCE, LINE IN, LINE 1, etc. (For more information, consult the User Manual for the VCR.)
4. Once you are able to view the camcorder playback on your television, press Record on the VCR and play on the Camcorder.
Only DV connections (IEEE1394 connections) are possible when connecting your camcorder to a computer.
DV connections (IEEE1394 connections)
Your camcorder can be connected to a computer equipped with an IEEE1394 (DV) terminal or OHCI-compliant IEEE1394 capture board.
You can transfer taped recordings (digital video signals) to the computer by connecting the camcorder to the computer.
Use the editing software supplied with your computer/capture board to transfer video recordings from tape to the computer.
If you are using a computer running Windows XP, you can also record the video simultaneously on your computer's hard disk and on the tape using DV-PC Recorder Software.
You can download the DV-PC Recorder Software from Canon's DV-PC Recorder Web site.
Making the connection
Connect the camcorder to the computer as shown in the figure below.
The computer's IEEE1394 (DV) terminal is either a 4-pin or a 6-pin type, depending on the computer used.
Use either the CV-150F (4-pin - 4-pin) or the CV-250F (4-pin - 6-pin) DV cable (sold separately), whichever fits your computer's terminal.
(1) There are cases where the connection may not work correctly, depending on your system specifications/settings.
(2) If the computer freezes while you have the camcorder connected to it , disconnect and reconnect the DV cable. If the problem persists, take the following actions.
(2-1) Disconnect the DV cable from the camcorder and the computer, and then turn off the camcorder and the computer.
(2-2) Turn the camcorder and the computer back on and then reconnect them with the DV cable.
(3) Your camera cannot be used with DV NETWORK SOFTWARE (DV Messenger).