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  1. Member seven1970's Avatar
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    I have a Sony HC9 video camera.

    My old laptop had a firewire port.

    This one does not.

    How else can I connect the video camera (its an old Mini DV cassette camera) to my laptop?

    Here is the camera:

    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-HDR-HC9-Defin…



    No expansion card slot on my new laptop.

    It has a VGA connector and HDMI.


    Dont have the old laptop anymore.
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    should've thought of it before you bought the new laptop. sell it and get one with a firewire port.
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    Originally Posted by aedipuss View Post
    should've thought of it before you bought the new laptop. sell it and get one with a firewire port.
    I was going to sell my camera, but now I have a use for it.


    Any solutions to give, or just trolling?
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    Unless the laptop has an ExpressCard slot (and few do now) you are out of luck. There are ExpressCard firewire adapters that will work with a camera. USB 2.0 to firewire adapters are useless for transferring video from a camera.

    [Edit] I just re-read your initial post and it looks like you don't have an ExpressCard slot.

    I just looked at the Amazon listing and noticed it mentioned the camera can use a "Memory Stick PRO Duo media card". Surely there is a USB card reader that can be used to read files stored on the memory card.
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    the memory card was for still pics.
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    Originally Posted by usually_quiet View Post
    Unless the laptop has an ExpressCard slot (and few do now) you are out of luck. There are ExpressCard firewire adapters that will work with a camera. USB 2.0 to firewire adapters are useless for transferring video from a camera.

    [Edit] I just re-read your initial post and it looks like you don't have an ExpressCard slot.

    I just looked at the Amazon listing and noticed it mentioned the camera can use a "Memory Stick PRO Duo media card". Surely there is a USB card reader that can be used to read files stored on the memory card.
    Yep, memory card is only for pics.


    Basically I am screwed.


    Thanks.
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    can't you look for an old PC for a few bucks? Not more than 50 Dollars for an old Core Duo, or even a P4 with Firewire Card. Only for capturing the material.
    Then send the file through your LAN to your Laptop.
    Just an idea, to keep it cheap.
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    How about a USB to Firewire cable like this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812705049
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  9. Originally Posted by pjcrown View Post
    How about a USB to Firewire cable like this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812705049
    For connecting an external drive, maybe. Useless for a camera.
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    Actually I have been transferring (and still do) my MiniDV footage via USB for years using a Pinnacle USB 500 (which is actually a USB capture card, but it also has a Firewire input). I did this even though I do have a proper Firewire port on my PC, but it's at the back of the PC so for the convenience I use the front USB port via the USB 500 and it does work perfectly. There's no difference at all, it works the same way and you get the same data onto your HDD.

    Heck, you can even capture fully lossless 4:2:2 SD via USB2.0 – DV's 3.7 MiB/s is no problem at all.


    That being said, I'm not sure if this USB to Firewire cable thingy will work with a camera because I suppose there has to be some electronics involved, right?
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  11. Originally Posted by Skiller View Post
    Actually I have been transferring (and still do) my MiniDV footage via USB for years using a Pinnacle USB 500 (which is actually a USB capture card, but it also has a Firewire input).
    personally i cant see how it can possibly transfer video from a mini dv tape to your hdd, but i would love to see your videos after they were transferred to your hdd with this device if you claim you can do it, because nobody i know who tried it could get it to work.
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  12. Originally Posted by glenpinn View Post
    Originally Posted by Skiller View Post
    Actually I have been transferring (and still do) my MiniDV footage via USB for years using a Pinnacle USB 500 (which is actually a USB capture card, but it also has a Firewire input).
    personally i cant see how it can possibly transfer video from a mini dv tape to your hdd, but i would love to see your videos after they were transferred to your hdd with this device if you claim you can do it, because nobody i know who tried it could get it to work.
    A while ago I had problems with the firewire card I had installed in my PC and needed to transfer some miniDV tapes for a job and borrowed my brotherīs Pinnacle Moviebox witch is also a firewire/analog to USB device, connected my camcorder and tranferred everything without a problem in Premiere (it recognized the camcorder perfectly) After that I replaced the firewire card with a new one and returned the MovieBox but I can say these devices actually do work. Only problem is that I think they donīt sell it anymore (new at least)
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    Originally Posted by glenpinn View Post
    Originally Posted by Skiller View Post
    Actually I have been transferring (and still do) my MiniDV footage via USB for years using a Pinnacle USB 500 (which is actually a USB capture card, but it also has a Firewire input).
    personally i cant see how it can possibly transfer video from a mini dv tape to your hdd, but i would love to see your videos after they were transferred to your hdd with this device if you claim you can do it, because nobody i know who tried it could get it to work.
    The pinnacle 500 USB device is a sophisticated unit that includes a h/w FireWire2USB bridge that preserves OHCI controls with its drivers. As far as the camcorder knows, it's connected to a legit OHCI FireWire card, and as far as the PC knows, it sees a legit connected FireWire device. The purposely-written drivers restrict the USB polling feature typical of USB ports to prevent interrupting capture streams and more. The pinnacle 500 is deliberately made for this, does it adequately, but was not an inexpensive device in its day.
    It shouldn't be compared with run-of-the-mill cheap FireWire2USB adapters that are not even OHCI (open host control interface, required by DV camcorders) but UHCI (universal, only good for HDDs, scanners, etc) that even come with very badly written drivers. These devices are the ones which will never work with DV camcorders.
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  14. thanks a lot for that info guys, i honestly had no idea this device was even available, and when reading stuff about it, i still didnt understand how it could still transfer DV-Avi footage from tape to the pc in real time, because tape can only be done in real time.

    i googled that device and in many of the resulting links i found, many were saying that device was a dud and did not even work the way they said it would.

    anyway, interesting to know it works.
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