usb connectivity?

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  1. kr236rk

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    hi,

    have a dv cam (Canon mv830i) which i normally connect to my pc with Firewire and it works fine: but i tried connecting using the usb cable it also came with and nothing happened - Windows XP didn't even detect the usb being plugged in

    any idea how i can get the usb recognised please - i ask because i also have a composite-usb cable for other video devices, which also flags up zero response when i plug it in?

    have checked Device Manager and there are no errors showing for the pc's usb's

    thanks

    Ric
     
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    You need to use firewire for DV transfer. The usb connector is to transfer stills and short video clips on memory cards to a PC. Did you have a memory card in the camera when you tried the USB?

    regards

    Brian
     
  3. kr236rk

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    thanks Brian

    o gosh - i have totally got the wrong end of the stick here :-o ... so the composite-usb cable could never transfer videos to my capture software?

    it sounds as if stills might be possible from the memory card though

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    Do you mean a cable with 3 RCA plugs on one end and USB on the other? Surely there needs to be something in the middle doing the processing required to turn analogue composite video (and audio) into ones and zeros . . .
     
  5. kr236rk

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    many thanks Andrew - if so, sounds very reasonable, i need to send the cable back to the vendor?
     
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    Just sounds a bit odd, but without seeing the cable, I can't be sure. If you bought it online, are you able to post a link?

    In any case, if it's not doing what you expected it to do, or if it has been marketed to fulfill a purpose that it's not fulfilling, then that strikes me as grounds for a return and a refund.
     
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    thanks Andrew,

    here is the cable

    http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p32/r_i_c_2007/usb-rca.jpg

    the box quite clearly states 'camcorder' and even "playstation" which i am no expert on, but assumed to be 100% digital?

    there is nothing on the cable to convert a composite signal to usb / digital - just cable in the middle of jacks: RCA one side and USB on the other

    how does this seem please - what hardware might this work for?

    thanks again
     
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    My guess is none. Unless it has magic powers, it's not going to take analogue at one end and be able to give you digital at the other.
     
  9. kr236rk

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    thanks Andrew - this is actually quite funny were it not for the fact i have to parcel everything up and send it off again :oops:

    never mind

    i can save my analogue stuff from RCA to a WinFast PCI anyway, which loads direct to MovieMaker ;)

    R
     

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