TRV30 DVin problems

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  1. Jeremy Webster

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    I have a Sony TRV30 and have got to grips quite quickly with Pinnacle Studio 7SE. However, the one thing I am having huge trouble with is the 'Make Movie' facility back to the camcorder.

    The capture facility works fine via Firewire IEEE1394, however, the DV IN facility seems to stall at the start.

    The PC has an AMD Athlon 1.8ghz processor, 512mb ram etc...

    I have contacted Sony and they believe it is a configuration problem either with Pinnacle or on the PC.

    Can anybody please help ??
     
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    Hi Jeremy,

    More than likely it will be a problem with the PC. Check you have the DMA selected forthe hard drive first. If still no go, the work around is to make a 10 second black frame at the start of the movie using TitleDeko. Not a cure I know but it works. Check your chipset on the motherboard too as certain brands can give problems.

    Hope this helps

    Mark T
     
  3. Jeremy Webster

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    Thanks for that I will give it a try.

    At the risk of sounding thick, how do you check the DMA is selected ? OS is Windows XP.

    Cheers.
     
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    Hi,

    Nope not sounding thick at all, DMA and stuff is not easy in XP !

    Go into Device manager (hold down the Windows key and then press the Pause Break key. SYstem Properties comes up and then click the hardware tab) In Device Manager click on IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers, Primary IDE Channel, Advanced Settings and then make sure that "DMA if Available" is selected. Then click ok.

    Hope this makes sense !!

    Have fun

    Mark T
     
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    Thanks Mark I will give it a try and let you know how I get on.
     
  6. Jeremy Webster

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    Looked at the DMA settings on the PC and they are fine.

    Pinnacle have advised that I download a PPE file from their site. Any ideas what this actually does ? They have also asked me to check that the TRV30 is actually DV-In enabled due to the european taxation issue. I have spoke to UK Digital who I bought it from and they confirm that they are enabled.

    Do you have any other ideas ??
     
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    Presumably you have nothing else running on your PC which might be slowing it's performance when you try to record to the camera?
     
  8. Jeremy Webster

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    No everything is shut down - I have also tried upping the priority for Studio 7, which made a small improvement, ie. it picked up a bit of the data albeit sporadically.

    It seems to stop / start when the Make Movie facility is triggered.
    It doesn't appear to be a steady stream / flow which I believe is the reason for the problem but I cannot get to the bottom of it.

    Any other ideas ?
     
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    Thanks to the technical bod at Evesham for instructing me to change the PCI Latency Timer to 64 from 32 which fully resolved the problem and I am now in business.
     
  10. Gaz H

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    Jeremy, I'm having exacly the same problem with a sony pc8, although I did manage to upload video back to the camcorder useing Adobe instead of pinnacle. Can you tell me how to change the PCI Latency Timer to 64 from 32 please.

    Thanks
     
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    You need to enter System BIOS at boot up, possibly by keeping the DEL key pressed down.

    Then access ADVANCED

    Then access PCI Settings (I think!)

    Then change Latency Timer to 64.

    Save changes by pressing F10 and then Esc to exit.

    This is purely from memory so it may be slightly off, but follow the grey instructions at the bottom of the page.

    Cheers and good luck.
     
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    Many Thanks Jeremy
     

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