March 11, 2009 at 4:04 am #28601
I hope I am in the right place, but I need help please? I have a video camera and it takes those really small video tapes so to get the movies off the camera I have to connect it to a computer. There is one problem though. I used to be able to connect my camera to my old computer but now I have a new one. I have all the cords to connect it but there is no where to plug the cord. ???? I just presumed that all computers would have this plug. How do I get a plug put into my computer to get these movies off my video camera?March 11, 2009 at 5:20 am #31370
Hi Mandy, Welcome to the forum!There are many formats of Video Camera, each with its own specific needs, advantages and disadvantages.Digital cameras can record very high quality video, and computers these days are pretty universally compatible, as they have USB and IEEE1394(firewire) connectors built in. Digital cameras will record the video onto a hard drive built into the camera, or on a memory card which fits in a slot on the camera, and the videos are downloaded to your computer most commonly via a firewire connection or a USB or inbuilt memory card reader, or sometimes directly via USB connections. Analog camcorders generally record onto cassettes, in one of various formats including 8mm, Hiâ€“8, VHS, and Sâ€“VHS. When you transfer video from an analog camera to an analog capture device, you won't be able to achieve the picture quality of a digital camera and a firewire capture device. However, with analog devices, you can use the software that came with your capture device to adjust the hue, saturation, brightness, contrast, and sound volume levels of your video.The camera you are describing uses a cassette, so is most likely an analog video camera. The small cassette is most likely a Hi-8 cassette. Its the capture device you are missing on your new computer.In order to download your analog videos, you will need an analog capture device. This will be an addon card which is installed into your computer, and has the required connections to connect to your camera, or a device which plugs in via the USB or firewire ports on your computer and connects to your camera. The devices job is to receive your analog movie, and convert it to the digital file which your computer needs. Computers are digital, not analog.an additional bonus with an analog capture device is that you can connect the good old video player to your computer with it.. so you can download your old VHS or BETAMAX cassettes to your computer and convert them to DVD!!Your old computer, since you had the connections available, must have had an analog capture device installed. Your new computer doesn't.There are many kinds of connections available that might belong to your camera, and in order to assist you, we'll need to know exactly what kind of connection your particular camera requires.I'll write an article on our parent site, http://www.tips4pc.com, complete with photos, over the next few days. This article will cover all aspects of your question. In the meantime, if you are able to tell us what connection you have, I can provide you with more specific advice. You should be able to find this information somewhere in the manual provided with your camera.I'll then be able to tell you what you need to buy to enable you to connect your camera.Its possible, if you still have the old computer, that you will be able to simply move the analog capture card which was installed in it to your new computer. Its also possible that its not compatible with your new computer, which is what we will have to investigate. To assist you further, we'll need the following information.1. The make and model of your old computer (if you still have that computer).2. The make and model of your new computer, and what operating system it uses (if its brand new, then its probably Windows Vista).3. The type of connection your camera requires, or the make and model of the camera.If you have time, then you can simply wait a couple of days, and I'll post a link here to a comprehensive guide on this subject.
March 11, 2009 at 9:39 pm #31371
Thanks for answering me.My video camera is a Panasonic NV-DS28 Mini DV.When you go to buy the tapes for it it takes the small size about 10cm x 5cm..I always see a bigger one there but it doesn't go with this camera. In the side panel it has an edit plug, s-video plug, D still picture plug, av inout phones plug, mic, and a DV plug.My computer was made from scratch by a friend of a friend of a friend. So I don't know what it is but my old one was a laptop that had lots of different plugs in the side.March 12, 2009 at 2:11 am #31372
Hi again Mandy,Well, you've managed to have the one tape format I didn't mention.Your camera is a digital camera, but records its signal onto tape.This type of tape is known as Mini-DV.Your old computer was a laptop too, which makes a difference as well.You can use Firewire to transfer your videos to your new computer. Laptops usually have a 4pin Firewire connection, but a modern desktop computer more commonly has a 6pin connection or both types.It now seems likely to me that your old laptop had a 4pin connector, which (since your camera also has a 4pin connector) means that the cable you were using to connect them with had identical plugs on either end.If this is the case, you'll need a 4pin-6pin adapter for your old cable or a different cable with 4pin and 6pin plugs on it. Any of these cables and connectors should be available at your local electronics shop, like Tandy or Dick Smith, or even at the AV section of large department stores, for AU$10 or less.Once you have the camera connectable to the computer, you will then be able to use your videos in the same way as you were with the old computer, assuming you have installed any software that you may have been using before as well.Hope this helps 🙂Note: I'm currently working on a comprehensive article on this subject, and I will post a link here when the article is available on our parent site, http://www.tips4pc.com
March 19, 2009 at 1:46 pm #31373
That 4 pin picture in the middle is the plug I have…It has the same thing on both ends and goes into my camera and my friends laptop…There isn't even a plug like it on the desktop computer. I have usb's but that's it. Can I get a computer part put in that will put the plug I need into the computer.March 19, 2009 at 2:28 pm #31374
Firewire and USB are separate technologies, and unfortunately its not possible to get an adapter which converts Firewire into USB.If you are sure you dont have a Firewire socket on your computer, you basically only have one option. You need to install a PCI Firewire card. This is an internal addon for your computer which plugs into a PCI slot ( a socket on your motherboard that is designed to accept additional facilities) and will have a piece that sits at the back with sockets to plug into, just like this picture.Not all computers have the same kind or number of available PCI slots. Since I get the feeling you wont be comfortable with fitting internal parts to your computer, and you dont know what kind of PCI format your computer uses, I suggest you take the computer tower to a computer shop and have them install the correct "PCI Firewire Card." The card should cost between $20-40 and the labour should be no more than 30 minutes. Before you actually request them to fit the card, just have them have a quick look over the computer and establish that this is in fact the only option.Take the camera and its connecting cable with you too, and explain what it is that you want to do, just to be sure.Once you have this card fitted, you'll be able to use your original cable to connect your camera to the computer, and use whatever software you were using before.I'm sorry I wasnt able to be of more help than this. 🙁
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