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Unable To Use "roxio Media Import" - In Creator 2011 To Capture Hdv Via Ilink 1394 Firewire - Windows Vista


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Hello,

 

I hope someone can please help me. I am no longer able to "capture video" from my Sony HVR-A1J HDV video camcorder.

 

I am using Roxio Creator 2011 with Windows Vista. When I turn on my camcorder and plug it into the 1394 port, "Roxio Media Import" will recognize my Sony in the drop down menu, but I get a pop up saying "Unable to preview the HDV device. Please ensure that a valid tape is in the device and it is wound to a position that contains material". When I click on "details" it says "Failed to setup system components for showing picture or sound".

 

How do I fix this so that I am able to capture video from camera to my hard drive? I filmed a wedding for a friend and I can't do a single thing till I can capture the video to my computer.

 

I checked device manager and the driver for the "ieee 1394 bus host controllers" is up to date.

 

I am completely at a loss. Any suggestions please???

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??? strange indeed!

 

I am guessing that there have not been any updates to Vista in ages, so it looks like your camcorder may have failed...

 

Win7 is VERY fussy about 1394, I ave lost the use of 3 devices, but I don't recall Vista having that trouble...

 

If you have another camcorder, can you test your PC with that?

 

Likewise can you take your camcorder to someone else's PC and check it on theirs?

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I found that I am able to capture at 720x480, but I still cannot capture in HDV.

 

I guess my question is, does it really matter if I edit in 720x480 if I am going to end up putting it on DVD at 720x480 anyway?

 

I mean why bother capturing at 1440x1080 if I am simply going to be outputting it onto DVD at 720x480 anyway?

 

Does it make a difference in picture or sound quality?

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I found that I am able to capture at 720x480, but I still cannot capture in HDV.

 

I guess my question is, does it really matter if I edit in 720x480 if I am going to end up putting it on DVD at 720x480 anyway?

 

I mean why bother capturing at 1440x1080 if I am simply going to be outputting it onto DVD at 720x480 anyway?

 

Does it make a difference in picture or sound quality?

 

In what format was the video recorded?

If it was recorded in standard DV avi (720x480) then there would be no point in capturing in HDV if it is at all possible.

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Well, I filmed in HDV and so I am trying to also capture in HDV, but I am only able to capture in 720x480 (for some strange reason).

 

So, does it really matter (picture/sound quality) if all I am doing is outputting to DVD at 720x480 anyway?

 

Is there any advantage to filming in HDV, capturing and editing in HDV but then rendering and burning to a DVD at 720x480?

 

I guess my point is, even though I film in HDV, I am throwing away that quality by outputting to DVD at 720x480.

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Yes you can do it that way with minimal loses...

 

It is always best to keep resolution Equal through all phases... NEVER go UP with resolution!

 

But there some occasions where going down (1980 or 1440 to 720) can cause loses greater than you would expect :mellow:

 

I would continue to pursue this to find out Where the failure is taking place! Then you can decide if you want to fix it ;)

 

I am assuming that you used to be able to capture in HD through the 1394 Firewire???

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