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I am still trying to capture analog video footage using the 'digital camcorder pass-through' method (as the Roxio analog-digital converter still hasn't arrived). The VCR is connected to the digital camcorder with the av cable and the camcorder to the laptop with a firewire connection. The video is now playing on the camcorder screen and is also coming through in the Roxio capture preview window. The problem is that the 'capture' button is greyed out and therefore not live. Just under the preview screen it says 'no media'. Is there a setting on the laptop or in Roxio that I should be changing?

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I am still trying to capture analog video footage using the 'digital camcorder pass-through' method (as the Roxio analog-digital converter still hasn't arrived). The VCR is connected to the digital camcorder with the av cable and the camcorder to the laptop with a firewire connection. The video is now playing on the camcorder screen and is also coming through in the Roxio capture preview window. The problem is that the 'capture' button is greyed out and therefore not live. Just under the preview screen it says 'no media'. Is there a setting on the laptop or in Roxio that I should be changing?

Some digital camcorders also need a tape inserted (a blank one of course) for the pass-through to function correctly.

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When I put a tape in the camcorder, the capture buttons & play, stop & rewind buttons on the capture screen do become live but it then just captures the blank tape rather than the footage coming through from the VCR. The camcorder is digital but rather old. It is a Sony Digital Handycam Model No DCR-PC101E

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When I put a tape in the camcorder, the capture buttons & play, stop & rewind buttons on the capture screen do become live but it then just captures the blank tape rather than the footage coming through from the VCR. The camcorder is digital but rather old. It is a Sony Digital Handycam Model No DCR-PC101E

 

That E, at the end of your Handycam number, means it was made for use in the UK, and it doesn't allow pass through to the computer. Pass through from a VCR, is illegal in the UK, from what I read in an article a few years ago.

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That E, at the end of your Handycam number, means it was made for use in the UK, and it doesn't allow pass through to the computer. Pass through from a VCR, is illegal in the UK, from what I read in an article a few years ago.

 

Since Mobebb can see the video in the Roxio preview window the pass-thru seems to be working.

 

Mobeb, perhaps this link can give you some info.

 

Have you ever captured video from the digital camcorder? If yes, then perhaps this workaround might work. Record the video from the analog source to the DV tape and then later capture from the digital camcorder.

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Yes I have captured video from the digital camcorder on many occasions in the past but this was to my old laptop. I don't think I have captured from this camcorder to my current laptop. How do I record from the analog source to the DV tape? I have tried this but it doesn't work. When the camcorder is in playback mode ( labelled VCR) and I press the record button, it captures to the memory card, not to the camcorder tape. The memory card only holds 1 minute of video footage and when I capture that on my computer, it is on a blue screen with the video like a postage stamp in the middle.

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Yes I have captured video from the digital camcorder on many occasions in the past but this was to my old laptop. I don't think I have captured from this camcorder to my current laptop. How do I record from the analog source to the DV tape? I have tried this but it doesn't work. When the camcorder is in playback mode ( labelled VCR) and I press the record button, it captures to the memory card, not to the camcorder tape. The memory card only holds 1 minute of video footage and when I capture that on my computer, it is on a blue screen with the video like a postage stamp in the middle.

 

Read page 97 of your camcorder manual how to record from a VCR. It is not simply a matter of pressing the record button.

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Thank you for your help. I did eventually find how to record the analog footage onto the digital camcorder tape and from there could capture it to my computer. The instructions on how to do this were on page 128 of my manual under the title 'Recording video or TV programmes.' Thanks again to everyone who offered their advice. :)

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