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  1. Nytalite
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    Hello,

    A month ago, I purchased a JVC HM-DH30000U for capturing VHS tapes through FireWire. However, it did not work on my Apple Silicon Mac with OBS via Thunderbolt adapters (it wouldn't output from its own VCR, and when outputting from its inputs, it was choppy and had no audio). But now, after purchasing a FireWire card to use with a Windows desktop, I've run into a different problem. Neither CapDVHS, HDVSplit, nor WinDV can detect an output, even though HDVSplit can control it. WinDV says "Error: Can't find DV output pin". Is there anything I can do to make it work? I appreciate your help.

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    The deck converts VHS into mpeg-2 SD video, not the greatest quality if you ask me, but having said that, mpeg-2 over firewire can only be streamed with CapDVHS, Newer platforms may not work with capDVHS, so use VLC, Neither HDVsplit nor WinDV/Sclive can recognize the stream.

    Possible causes, bad firewire port on the deck, faulty cable, firewire hand shake problem, rebooting sometimes fixes this, privacy setting in Windows .. just to name few.
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    Originally Posted by Nytalite View Post
    Hello,

    A month ago, I purchased a JVC HM-DH30000U for capturing VHS tapes through FireWire. However, it did not work on my Apple Silicon Mac with OBS via Thunderbolt adapters (it wouldn't output from its own VCR, and when outputting from its inputs, it was choppy and had no audio). But now, after purchasing a FireWire card to use with a Windows desktop, I've run into a different problem. Neither CapDVHS, HDVSplit, nor WinDV can detect an output, even though HDVSplit can control it. WinDV says "Error: Can't find DV output pin". Is there anything I can do to make it work? I appreciate your help.

    Thank you,
    Justin
    I'm in the same situation with this problem, with the same JVC HM-DH30000U, look here on the forum, you'll see that I tried the solution. The possible solution would be to buy a firewire card compatible with the 1080p output of this device, I haven't bought it yet to test. But according to the @dellsam34 it would be better to use the svid output to capture VHS.
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    I know the FireWire card is communicating with the VCR, but it just doesn’t receive the video. I
    I’m assuming it’s that now, though, as it also failed to recognize the stream of a MiniDV camcorder daisy-chained through the VCR.

    The VCR starts up with the host PC, and it shows an FireWire number. But there are now two scenarios that happen. In Windows XP and 7, CapDVHS attempts to start the capture, but fails with “Error 800775AA: Cannot Start Capture” and creates an empty file. Additionally, in XP, 7, and 10, it sometimes starts the capture, but the VCR does not start, and again, it creates an empty file.

    What FireWire cards are compatible, though? Mine is just a generic FireWire 400 card from AliExpress.
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    Does your deck have two firewire ports or just one? If two, then you will have to set the deck to the correct firewire port number, Usually F1 and F2.
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    Originally Posted by Nytalite View Post
    I know the FireWire card is communicating with the VCR, but it just doesn’t receive the video. I
    I’m assuming it’s that now, though, as it also failed to recognize the stream of a MiniDV camcorder daisy-chained through the VCR.

    The VCR starts up with the host PC, and it shows an FireWire number. But there are now two scenarios that happen. In Windows XP and 7, CapDVHS attempts to start the capture, but fails with “Error 800775AA: Cannot Start Capture” and creates an empty file. Additionally, in XP, 7, and 10, it sometimes starts the capture, but the VCR does not start, and again, it creates an empty file.

    What FireWire cards are compatible, though? Mine is just a generic FireWire 400 card from AliExpress.

    Everything you wrote, I've been through. My Pinnacle 700 pci also cannot connect to the firewire output of this VCR model. I just haven't bought another firewire card yet because I can get really good captures using svideo.

    Maybe the Pci-express Firewire 800 1394a 1394b Texas Instruments Pcie could be the solution @dellsam34 ??
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