Camcorder to Pc?

  prodway 22:42 20 Aug 06


I have a panasonic Mini Dv Camcorder(NV-DS60)which i currently transfer to video tapes but i want to start transferring to DVDs on my pc.The 1st thing i notice is that i have a DV port on my camera so ive done a search on ebay and google and have found that all DV leads seem to connect to a firewire.I dont even know what a firewire is but im guessing it required for what i want to do,Is this the case that i need: a)firewire
b)the dv to firwire lead
c)some sort of software to be able to transfer from the camcorder
Also what sort off firewire do i need?how much should i be looking at spending?or is there a lead available which goes from the DV port on the camcorder to my USB port on my PC?
Hope someone can help,looking forward to your advice,


  geedad 23:16 20 Aug 06

What inputs ( sockets) do you have on your PC, apart from USB, and do you have any other hardware such as VCR connected?

  prodway 23:23 20 Aug 06

Just USD on my pc and no i dont have a vcr connected.

  Bagsey 09:23 21 Aug 06

Check out this link.
click here Fire wire is used to tranfer data to your computer. It started before USB2 and was the fastest data tranfer system avaible at that time. Now it is probably the most commonly used transfer medium.

  Bagsey 09:26 21 Aug 06

Sorry I meant to add that you get all you need from that link for under £10. including Ulead video editing software.

  Woolwell 10:04 21 Aug 06

Some of the questions have already been answered. But this is my take:

Camcorders can connect to PC by Firewire (DV out which is normally a 4 pin socket) with a firewire cable to normally a 6 pin socket on the PC. Using the cable something like Windows Movie Maker (but other specialist video editing software is generally better) can then control your camera for input into the PC. Some Camcorders have a USB connection to do the same thing.

If you haven't got firewire on your PC then I would recommend installing a card. Firewire is also called IEEE 1394 and Sony use the term I-Link.

Video editing and processing can take some time and the PC works quite hard when it is encoding. I would recommend a good spec CPU, at least 512 Mb of RAM (although I prefer at least 1 Gb) and a good size hard drive.

Good luck. It's well worth it.

  prodway 21:28 21 Aug 06

Cheers Bagsey,Ordered one today,thanks all for the advice.

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