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Gina - techno challenged

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It has taken me 2 FULL days to get the program running. OK - and I have a deadline to get a small video edited & sent out to a customer. My husband & I do skills videos for college bound athletes & we are getting a divorce after 20 years & he was my computer guy so I am lost. SO..... I have successfully dl the pictures from the memory card but I can not figure out how to get the computer to recognize the video tape. Does anyone have any idea what I am doing wrong??

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It has taken me 2 FULL days to get the program running. OK - and I have a deadline to get a small video edited & sent out to a customer. My husband & I do skills videos for college bound athletes & we are getting a divorce after 20 years & he was my computer guy so I am lost. SO..... I have successfully dl the pictures from the memory card but I can not figure out how to get the computer to recognize the video tape. Does anyone have any idea what I am doing wrong??

 

WARNING - EDITORIAL: Not seeking marriage councelling? You asked. :) Use a firewire connection, from your video camera, to download the video. Read your owner's manual to find out how to do that.

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It has taken me 2 FULL days to get the program running. OK - and I have a deadline to get a small video edited & sent out to a customer. My husband & I do skills videos for college bound athletes & we are getting a divorce after 20 years & he was my computer guy so I am lost. SO..... I have successfully dl the pictures from the memory card but I can not figure out how to get the computer to recognize the video tape. Does anyone have any idea what I am doing wrong??

Firewire??? I have a cable that goes into usb on computer & has a smaller plug that goes into a usb on the camera. The computer recognizes it but only to access the memory stick (from what I can tell). Is that a firewire or is the firewire what would plug into the DV outlet on the camera? Super thanks for your help!!!

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Firewire??? I have a cable that goes into usb on computer & has a smaller plug that goes into a usb on the camera. The computer recognizes it but only to access the memory stick (from what I can tell). Is that a firewire or is the firewire what would plug into the DV outlet on the camera? Super thanks for your help!!!

 

It only sees the memory stick, because the USB cable is for downloading pictures from your memory stick, not movies from your tape.

 

The software that came with the camcorder will download the movie, through the USB cable, but the quality will be less than what it would be when downloading through a firewire. Make sure the camcorder is set to play back, or no software will see the tape.

 

I would recommend getting a Sony firewire cable. They call it iLink. Don't get a cheap cable.

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It only sees the memory stick, because the USB cable is for downloading pictures from your memory stick, not movies from your tape.

 

The software that came with the camcorder will download the movie, through the USB cable, but the quality will be less than what it would be when downloading through a firewire. Make sure the camcorder is set to play back, or no software will see the tape.

 

I would recommend getting a Sony firewire cable. They call it iLink. Don't get a cheap cable.

OK. Great info!! I got a firewire cable at walmart ($25) may be cheap. Anyhow, it is hooked to the camera but I can not find a place to hook it to the computer>>>>> YIKES!!! I am so darn frustrated. I have spend 3 days doing this. I imagine there is a plac ehere somewhere or an adaptor so I went back to walmart & couldn't finad anything. The man that works there said it should plug into the back of my computer. I can't find a place for it to fit. Any ideas??? AGAIN - THANKS!

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Some of the older boards didn't have a built-in firewire connection, but any computer store will sell you a PCI firewire card.

 

You just open the computer case (switched off at the mains of course), unscrew a blanking plate at an empty white slot, pop the card in the slot, replace the screw to clamp it down and turn the computer back on. Windows will ask for the drivers - these will be on a CD that comes with the card. Insert that, let it install and (possibly) reboot again.

 

Most firewire cards btw come with 2 or maybe 4 sockets on them

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