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    Johnsmith
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    transfering mini DV to computer question

    Where can I buy a cheap 6 pin firewire cable to connect my mini DV camcorder to my computer? I can seem to find them anywhere or I don't know what to search for on the Internet.

    And after I buy the firewire, what kind of software or drivers do I need? Is it plug and play? Would Windows Movie Maker do the job? Is there a huge difference between medium and high quality?

    Thanks

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    dkstaker
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    Re: transfering mini DV to computer question

    You can usually get a firewire cord at Walmart, or any department store. Staples, Office max, any electronic stores. The only kind of drivers you would need are the drivers that came with the firewire hardware, and the drivers to your individual camera that you would be hooking up with it. Not difference between medium and high quality. Hope that helped.

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    Re: transfering mini DV to computer question

    Try to avoid Windows Movie Maker unless you have absolutely have no choice. It isn't a serious application in any sense of the word and you will probably just get frustrated with it.

    A lot of camcorders come with editing software. If yours did, it would be worth a try.

    If you want to spend a bit of money there are plenty of other options for capture/editing software. Of course it depends on how much you want to spend.
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    Re: transfering mini DV to computer question

    What would be needed to transfer footage from the mini-dv format tapes to computer without actually using the camcorder? Anything low to moderately priced?

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    Re: transfering mini DV to computer question

    There isn't a way, to my knowledge, to get a DV tape to your computer without the camcorder. I do know that they make dv players that will do it, but those are extremely expensive. I'm pretty sure you need your camcorder, but please, correct me if I'm wrong.

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    Re: transfering mini DV to computer question

    I think you're right. There are indeed DV players available (see some here) but they are a specialist market and not cheap. If you want to avoid wear and tear on your nice new MiniDV camcorder, you're better off buying another cheap camcorder to act as a tape deck.
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    Re: transfering mini DV to computer question

    I agree with Dave, you could buy 3 or 4 cheap camcorders that you could use as a deck, and still be cheaper then one of those DV VCRs.

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    transfering from dv tape to computer?

    I have a GL2 and I was wondering how do you transfer from mini dv tape into your computer editing software. The program took the memory card images but will not scan tape? Can anyone help?

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