Cannot capture via Firewire (Sony DCR-PC100)

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Erik Harris, Dec 10, 2004.

  1. Erik Harris

    Erik Harris Guest

    Not too long ago, I upgraded my motherboard, processor, and OS (from Win2K to
    WinXP). During the last few days, I've been trying to pull some footage off
    of my MiniDV camcorder, and I can't get my system to recognize that it
    exists. I seem to remember that in Win2K, it was essentially as simple as
    "plug in the device and run a video capture program."

    No dice, here.

    I'm using an A7N8X-E Deluxe motherboard, which has built-in Firewire. When
    that didn't seem to work, I plugged in the Firewire PC card that I was using
    with my previous setup (basic Pinnacle firewire card bundled with Pinnacle
    Studio DV - I'd try installing that software, but I haven't unearthed the
    disc lately). Much to my surprise, the result was the same.

    I've tried a few different programs, but the no-brainer software should be
    Windows Movie Maker, which comes with WinXP. When I load it up, and have my
    camera on VTR mode, connected to any of my firewire ports, I'm told that no
    video capture device was detected. Same error in the other programs I've
    tried.

    What am I doing wrong? Is it possible that the camcorder's Firewire port
    simply died since I last used it? I've never had any indications of problems
    with it (or any other aspect of the camcorder, except for its finicky power
    plug that pretty much prevents me from using the AC adaptor for anything but
    recharging the battery or using the camera as a VCR with remote).
     
    Erik Harris, Dec 10, 2004
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  2. This may be a dumb question, but what the hey! Have you selected the
    firewire device as your capture input? Or are you just opening the capture
    program and clicking record? Check that your editing settings and capture
    settings are correct. The capture program may be looking for an analog
    input.
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    Larry Johnson
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    Digital Video Solutions, Dec 10, 2004
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  3. Erik Harris

    Erik Harris Guest

    It couldn't find any firewire devide to select.

    I managed to solve the problem, though, just a few seconds ago. I tried
    reconnecting the plugs a number of times, which had no great effect. The
    last time, I unplugged them, blew on the connectors, and plugged them back
    in. Windows immediately found the device.

    The connectors didn't appear dusty, but as I said, it's been quite awhile
    since I've transferred any footage to my PC (I've probably filled ten tapes
    since the last time I connected the camcorder to my PC). It's entirely
    possible that some dust or something was killing the connection.

    Problem solved! :)
     
    Erik Harris, Dec 10, 2004
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  4. Glad to hear it. Better pick up some compressed air it's better than blowing
    on things and it contains less spittle! Happy editing.
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    Larry Johnson
    Digital Video Solutions

    http://www.digitalvideosolutions.com
    877-227-6281 Toll Free Sales Assistance
    386-672-1941 customer Service
    386-672-1907 Technical Support
    386-676-1515 Fax
     
    Digital Video Solutions, Dec 10, 2004
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  5. But maybe spittle was the key, turning the dust into a conductive medium... :)

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    Chris Pollard


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    Christopher Pollard, Dec 10, 2004
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  6. <grin> LOL
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    Larry Johnson
    Digital Video Solutions

    http://www.digitalvideosolutions.com
    877-227-6281 Toll Free Sales Assistance
    386-672-1941 customer Service
    386-672-1907 Technical Support
    386-676-1515 Fax
     
    Digital Video Solutions, Dec 10, 2004
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  7. Erik Harris

    Erik Harris Guest

    I've got a few cans of it lying around, but for whatever reason, I didn't
    grab it this time around.
     
    Erik Harris, Dec 10, 2004
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