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    Transferring Mini-DV to Computer

    I am going to start recording shows soon and I need to be able to transfer the footage from the Mini-DV tapes to my computer so I can edit them. I am not very educated at this just yet so if there is anyone who knows how to do it could you please help me?

    One problem is my laptop does not have a port for Firewire so if there is another way that would be great. If this isn't possible, please just give me the directions using the Firewire anyway and i'll try to find a way to make this happen. Thanks a lot.

    - CMP

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    Honestly, the easiest way would be to go and get a firewire card for your notebook PC. Most of them will come with some basic editing software.
    [CardBus or expresscard, check your manual for which if you don't know]
    Eric Adler (tonsofpcs)
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    Honestly, the easiest way would be to go and get a firewire card for your notebook PC. Most of them will come with some basic editing software.
    [CardBus or expresscard, check your manual for which if you don't know]
    he is right.....firewire will be the easiest, and possibly the cheapest
    Manoni Productions
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    I believe you can purchase a FireWire/USB external hard drive that will allow you to plug the firewire from the camera into the drive and the USB from the drive into the computer. I think my editors have done this before but I'm not completely sure. Another option would be to use a camera with a USB in/out instead of firewire.

    The least complicated though would be to get a Firewire card as mentioned in the previous post.

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    Ummm... yes, they make HDDs with 1394 and USB, but DO NOT hook both up to devices at once, it will not work (and may cause a load of problems). Yes, they do make special harddisk recorders that you can hook to a camera via 1394 to dump the tape, then hook to a computer by whatever means, but these aren't the same as simple external drives.
    Eric Adler (tonsofpcs)
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    yes, firewire is definetly the easyest way to capture mini-dv or other camcoder tapes(best quality). you have full control over camcoder, it captures separately the instances of recording and you don't have to complicate your live with tv-tuner cards and rca cables and other procedures where is a bih quality loss.

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