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Trouble Importing Video


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I just purchased Roxio Creator 2011 and a Sima Multi Cable Model SUO-200 that has multiple connections. I am trying to capture video from my JVC GR-D350U camera. My laptop does not have a firewire port, so I am connecting the Sima cable to my camera's digital video connector and the other end's USB cable into my laptop. I turn on my video camera in playback mode, and then from Roxio Creator 2011 I choose "capture video" and up pops the Roxio Media Import window. However, it does not recognize my camera. What am I doing wrong? Please don't tell me I just wasted $150!!! :)

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Thank you so much for responding!!!

 

It is a port on my camera - that is what the reference book calls it.

 

Here is a link to a PDF of the manual for my camera -- http://static.tigerdirect.com/pdf/jvc-grd350-manual.pdf -- what I am referring to is on page 34, although I am not using the exact cord they show because I don't have a port on my PC for the other end. So I went to Best Buy and they told me to buy the Sima connector (shown here: http://www.simaproducts.com/products/product_detail.php?product_id=603 ) and I use one end into the port on my camera and the other size I use a USB into my laptop (it has a firewire connector too but I don't have a firewire port on my laptop).

 

So, do I need something that converts the firewire side to a USB or what options do I have short of having to go out and buy a new PC?

 

Thank you so much for any help you can provide!!!

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Thank you so much for responding!!!

 

It is a port on my camera - that is what the reference book calls it.

 

Here is a link to a PDF of the manual for my camera -- http://static.tigerd...d350-manual.pdf -- what I am referring to is on page 34, although I am not using the exact cord they show because I don't have a port on my PC for the other end. So I went to Best Buy and they told me to buy the Sima connector (shown here: http://www.simaprodu...?product_id=603 ) and I use one end into the port on my camera and the other size I use a USB into my laptop (it has a firewire connector too but I don't have a firewire port on my laptop).

 

So, do I need something that converts the firewire side to a USB or what options do I have short of having to go out and buy a new PC?

 

Thank you so much for any help you can provide!!!

 

That cable does not convert from Firewire to USB, you still have to go from Firewire on the camera to Firewire on your PC. All that cable does is package "separate" firewire and USB cables into one unit. It does not do any conversion. Another example of "expert" advice from Best Buy.

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OK, thanks for your explanation. I am going to take that cable back and get a refund. However, how do I get the video from my camera to my PC so I can use Roxio 2011 to edit it?

 

Any suggestions?

 

It is not clear from your earlier post but does your laptop have a firewire connection?

 

Another option is to buy a Firewire card and install it in your PC. Best Buy sells these. You cable should then work, just make sure you have the right pin type on the cable ends so they fir the camera and Firewire card.

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No, my laptop does not have a firewire port.

 

I am looking at buy a portable hard drive that has USB and firewire - I can use a firewire cord from my video camera to the hard drive, download the video, and use the USB port to transfer the video from the portable drive to my laptop.

 

Does that sound like it would work? I am looking at this: Iomega 500GB eGo Ruby Red USB 2.0 FireWire 400 FireWire 800 Portable Hard Drive, Mac Edition .

 

It says it works for both PC and mac (I am PC).

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No, my laptop does not have a firewire port.

 

I am looking at buy a portable hard drive that has USB and firewire - I can use a firewire cord from my video camera to the hard drive, download the video, and use the USB port to transfer the video from the portable drive to my laptop.

 

Does that sound like it would work? I am looking at this: Iomega 500GB eGo Ruby Red USB 2.0 FireWire 400 FireWire 800 Portable Hard Drive, Mac Edition .

 

It says it works for both PC and mac (I am PC).

 

I doubt very much that that will work. Since the camera has to be controlled by the software the camera has to be connected directly to the PC. If you connect the camera to the hard drive how would you go about transferring the video from the camera to the hard drive?

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Thanks for all the help from all of you! I still haven't figured this out. If you couldn't tell I am not a computer expert and I am just trying to figure this out as I go, so I really appreciate it!

 

My laptop was a $298 black friday deal from walmart, so it doesn't have a lot of extras.

 

My daughter's laptop has more to it, and I know she has an empty card slot. My final questions are these:

 

1) We've been talking about buying a DVD recorder anyway. Is it possible to buy one with a firewire port so I could hook my camera up to that and record it onto a DVD that I could then use in my laptop with Roxio?

 

2) If I buy a Firewire PCMCIA Cardbus for my daughter's laptop, how do I know if the item I want to purchase is compatible with my open card slot? I found one on Amazon and a reviewer said to make sure to determine what sort of pinset you need before you order as theirs didn't match the pin set inside of their computer. So, how do I determine what pin set my laptop has and what pin set the card I want to buy (link below) has? Is there a way to look at my laptop specs to determine this?

 

http://www.amazon.com/2-port-Firewire-PCMCIA-Cardbus/dp/tech-data/B0001STHQ4/ref=de_a_smtd

 

Thanks for any help you can provide!!!!

 

Heidi

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Yes, I believe it meets the min requirements. I will be using my laptop to run Creator 2011 and it is a Compaq Presario CQ60 Notebook 2.10 GHz

3 GB, 32-bit, running Vista Home Basic.

 

I don't have a firewire port nor an open slot on my laptop. My daughter's laptop has the open slot, and I am trying to determine how to make sure the pinset matches for the PCMCIA card I want to buy?

 

Thanks for any help you can provide.

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