Hi, newbie here -
This is going way back, but I used to use a program called DVHSCap to capture lossless footage from my Canon HV20 and it would create a raw file. I've lost the software since then and was wondering if anyone knows if it can still be downloaded anywhere? I've googled for hours but can't seem to find anything (for Mac, that is). Any help would be appreciated!
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VirtualDVHS is: http://seth.mattinen.org/notes/hdrec.php
For DVHSCap, you need the Firewire SDK 26 (firewiresdk26.dmg), which is (supposedly) here:
Thanks, lordsmurf! The Firewire SDK 26 doesn't seem to be available anymore but AVCVideoCap seems to be doing the trick. Downloading through firewire to an *.m2t file is probably best way to capture a lossless raw file off a Mini DV camcorder, right? Thanks again!
So, I spent $450 to have the Firewire repaired.
One small correction: the HD video on your camcorder is stored as HDV, not DV. The two both get recorded to the same tape cartridge (HDV prefers a more expensive tape formulation, but you can record just fine on standard, older DV tapes). It is important to make this distinction because capture programs like WinDV or Scenalyzer, which were designed for the standard definition DV format, won't capture from an HDV camcorder.
I use the HDV capture built into Vegas, my NLE. It works great.
During that time I watched while a steady stream of people came to the house, not to have their tapes transferred, but to buy dope. The guy's main business was dealing dope!! I'm pretty much a "live and let live" kind of guy when it comes to things like that, but I realized that I probably didn't want to do that every few months. So, since $450 was a lot less than the $3,500 it would cost to get an equivalent camera, I had it fixed.