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Copy from the camcorder tapes to PC

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Editing Forum' started by obrutau, Dec 23, 2003.

  1. obrutau

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    Hi,
    I'm just new at this and I bought a Sharp VLNZ8S camera. I would like to know how to copy my recordings to a digital file to the PC.
    I thinks this has to be donw through the DV-In/out option in the camera and through the firewire port, but I don't know which software should be used to capture the recording.

    Thanks.

    Oscar.
     
  2. geeWcee

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    You can use Microsofts own Movie Maker on your PC. Its great for beginners and dependant on what you want to do, it may be all you ever need.
    Its a good tool for learning the basics anyway. Go onto Microsofts site to get the latest verion 2 for free.
     
  3. melliott1963

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    I agree with geeWcee. Movie Maker v2 is an excellent starting place, and even has some features that Pinnacle Studio 8 (the package I use) doesn't have.
     
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    Movie Maker 2 is the way to go, but only if you have Windows XP!
    If not then there are loads of cheap editing progs available such as the previously mentioned Pinacle Studio 8.

    To get the video from cam to PC you will need a firewire cable, normally 4 pin at camcorder to 6 pin on PC.
    Connect the cam to PC power everything on and then start the editing prog that you are useing. This will detect the cam and away you go.

    Good luck,
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  5. obrutau

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    Ok, thanks to you all, but now a new doubt come to my mind :-(
    What is the difference between connecting the camera to the via a 4pin to 6 pin cable instead of doing it through a 4 pin to 4 pin cable ?
    I mean, if the PC supports both of them, shouldn't do any difference, since the 2 extra pins are just for power supply, which is not received by the camera (which connects to the 4-pin end), isn't it?

    Thanks again for your patience and support ;-)
     
  6. MarkE19

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    The reason for connecting with a 6pin to 4pin cable is simply that 6pin port is the standard on most firewire cards and therefore 6 to 4 pin cable is nearly always supplied with the card. If your card has 4 pin ports and you have a 4 pin to 4 pin cable then there will be no problems with useing it.

    Mark.
     
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    I had questions but I have ans them by playing
     
  8. obrutau

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    Hi all,
    I got my movies from the DV camera to my PC and I would like to copy them to a CD/DVD.
    I tried some of the output formats in Movie Maker, but all of them are .wmv files or either enormous AVI files...
    How can then I achieve to display my recordings from my home DVD (DivX/Mpeg compatible)?

    Thanks once again.
     
  9. MarkE19

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    To get your footage onto a DVD in a readable format it needs to be in the MPEG-2 format. MM2 can not do this conversion. The best way to do this is with a DVD authoring programme. I use and find very easy Ulead DVD MoviFactory 3. You can get it for about £30 or less and all you need to do is import your AVI file into it and let it convert to MPEG-2 and add chapters and a menu, then burn it to a disk.
    There are loads of other progs that can do this for you from Pinnacle etc.

    Mark.
     
  10. obrutau

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    And what about burning it to a CD ?

    Tnx.
     
  11. MarkE19

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    DVD MovieFactory will also create VCD & SVCD.
    Take a look at its specs on Amazon etc and see if it will do what you require.

    Mark.
     
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    Thanks for your replies.
    And... any free option ?

    Thanks again.
     
  13. MarkE19

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    Always worth a go I suppose! :devil:

    The chances of a free prog to do MPEG conversion is IMHO very unlikely as the MPEG encoders have to pay a licence fee. Also DVD authoring is still fairly new and therefore everybody is trying to make money from writing them.
    There are plenty of free demo versions available so you can try before you buy. I downloaded the free trial of Ulead MF3 and this is a 30 day full working trial prog. TMPGEnc is also worth a look at and used by many of the forum members.

    Mark.
     

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