Advice needed: can I use USB for video editing ?

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Maurizio BELLANTONE, Dec 30, 2003.

  1. Is possible with USB equiped Sony handycam (TRV12) to edit video ?
    Or I must buy a FireWire camera, with FireWire card for PC ?
    Thank you.
    Maurizio BELLANTONE, Dec 30, 2003
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  2. As this is a miniDV cam I'm sure that it has Firewire out - I've
    yet to hear of a miniDV cam that doesn't. Trying to get video out via
    USB just isn't an option - for a start USB is too slow for the full

    Harry Broomhall, Dec 30, 2003
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  3. Um - scap that. There seems to be some confusion when I searched
    for this model! I have now found the users manual - and it is clearly
    a 8mm model.

    This is a very old model (you are buying second-hand?) and does
    not appear to have USB either.

    To edit on a PC you would need a special capture card.

    IMHO a modern miniDV cam would be easier to capture from, and,
    more importantly, be much better quality.

    If I haven't identified the model correctly I wouldn't be
    surprised. There seems to be considerable confusion on the net with
    this model, and a search on Sony sites returns no hits!

    Perhaps they used the model number twice?

    Harry Broomhall, Dec 30, 2003
  4. Sigh - I have now discovered that there are/were *two* models called
    TRV12. The DCC-TRV12 and the DCR-TRV12. No wonder I was confused.

    Sorry about that!

    The DCC is the very old one with 8mm, and the DCR is a miniDV.

    Harry Broomhall, Dec 30, 2003
  5. Oh, a newbie. ;-)

    The very first DV cam on the UK market, a tiny JVC that sold for £1800
    didn't have DV out.
    Malcolm Knight, Dec 30, 2003
  6. Presumably to get the best from it you had to play the tapes in a
    separate unit?

    Harry Broomhall, Dec 30, 2003
  7. Come on now. Do you really think that a separate VCR preceded the very
    first DV cam? :))

    As I remember it, the camera was marketed as some sort of rich man's
    'toy' and appeared mainly in the Sunday supplements etc. The price
    fell massively after the initial hype and an updated model soon
    appeared that did have DV out.

    Real video people were much more interested in Sony's DV700 and 1000
    models. IIRC the 700 didn't have a DV socket either and perhaps
    because of that it was withdrawn from sale long before its big
    Malcolm Knight, Dec 30, 2003
  8. The model is Sony DCR-TVR12E, MiniDV, with both USB and DV Out.
    My PC don't have a Firewire port.
    In order to capture photograms or to save video to CD, can I use only the
    USB link ? Speed is the only cons ?
    Thank you.

    Maurizio BELLANTONE, Dec 30, 2003
  9. No - get a firewire card for the PC. USB is useless for this.

    In the UK these cards are *very* cheap.

    Harry Broomhall, Dec 30, 2003

  10. You need Firewire.
    A Firewire port can be added to your computer. If it's a desktop
    machine, a PCI card is very cheap. If a laptop, you'll need a pmcia
    card, a little more expensive, but perfectly affordable.

    If the market in Italy is anything like in the UK, avoid computer
    supermarkets, they'll grossly overcharge for this sort of thing. You
    must know someone who puts together his own computers? He'll tell you
    where to buy.
    Laurence Payne, Dec 30, 2003
  11. Many thanks for all your answer. I'll buy a firewire pc card.

    Maurizio BELLANTONE, Dec 31, 2003
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