My goal is to get my mini dv onto my computer somehow, however, I have a new laptop computer and it has no firewire port nor does it have a PCMCIA slot to get a separate firewire card. I've studied everything and I realize now that with this computer I'm pretty much screwed. And after all of the work I did researching before I bought this thing and now this.
So, unless you have another suggestion, I'm wondering if there is some separate device that I can buy to load my mini dv onto some type of hard drive seperately. Is there a device I could hook up the camera to? I really want to find a solution for this other than bringing my tapes into a shop to have them load them onto dvd.
Thank you for your input.
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Try a Firewire to USB adapter - if your lap top doesn't have a USB port then you are well and truly screwed
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Are you saying that your new laptop does not have USB2 ports on it? If so, what brand?? I have found my USB2 ports work fine with my Canon camcorder for transferring AVCHD. Maybe I don't properly understand your question...
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Originally Posted by aedipuss
Of course you can always use a capture device to do an analog realtime capture rather than acquiring the original file via firewire. This would be doable with a usb capture device with the laptop. Any type would do - obviously higher quality models would be better but in a pinch no-name models would work.
But firewire is of course the best way to go.
If none of this works for you try to find a friend or neighbor with a computer with a firewire port and ask if you can use it to capture and use an external harddrive to take it with you.Donatello - The Shredder? Michelangelo - Maybe all that hardware is for making coleslaw?
Laptops run hotter and slower then Desktops. How many do I see here at work that have had water, coffee, soda or wine spilled into them. Cracked screens, dropped and damaged, etc.If I'd known I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself.
Poster never said he didn't have a USB port. Just no firewire or PCMCIA port. That's that big "card" slot that was all the rage back in the late 80s and stands for Personal Computer Memory Card International Association that let you slap in a 1/2 height or full height over-sized credit-card expansion thingee.
However, I do agree. New models often just have a bunch of USB ports which really limits what you can do.
A recent "big" Dell laptop had a 7-in-1 memory card reader, 3 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x eSATA, 1 x microphone jack, 1 x headphone jack, 1 x line-in jack, 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet port, 1 x VGA , and 1 x HDMI port. No firewire or PCMCIA.
I don't know of any device that can simply copy DV to an external HDD. There are some devices that can convert DV to DVD video without using a computer. Other than perhaps a used Sony RDR-GX257 DVD recorder or another used DVD recorder with firewire input, the Sony VRDMC6 DVDirect is probably the least expensive solution for doing this: http://www.amazon.com/Sony-VRDMC6-DVDirect-Compact-Recording/dp/B002EVP85K Some new DVD recorders can do this too. The Magnavox MDR515H/F7 and Panasonic DMR-EZ28K have firewire inputs.
Try ebay http://cgi.ebay.com/4-ft-USB-2-0-4-Pin-FireWire-IEEE-1394-Cable-/160548332562?pt=LH_De...item25616d2412
Most all newer laptops do not have firewire because most newer camcorders use USB flash memory or Hard drive, not mini-dv. You can however, pretty easily buy a dvd recorder that should have firewire, but check before buying. This way you can transfer directly from camcorder to dvd.
.... and after ALL that research you did!
Ask a friend with a proper PC that either has a firewire port or is willing to let you pay to have a firewire card added (really not expensive) if you can transfer your tapes using their PC. You'll almost certainly need a big external drive to store your video and transfer it to your laptop, or remove your shiny new laptop's hard drive and connect it to your friend's PC either directly to the onboard SATA controller or through a USB or E-Sata adapter. And when you come to encoding your video on your laptop, for gawd's sake make sure that all the vents are clean and that none of them are blocked by duvets, cushions, thighs, etc. as it will get hot enough without having it's airvents blocked!
the research -
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Both of my laptops have Firewire.
And these are not exactly slow and hot, either. Heat is minimal.
The cable is not the issue.
Firewire devices require a sustained connection that simply is not possible via USB2.
So the idea to try a converter cable won't work.