downloading DV from a jvc video camera

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Argent, Aug 9, 2005.

  1. Argent

    Argent Guest

    Hi all, a friend has lent me his JVC mini DV camera with cables etc but no

    I want to download the footage I have taken from a party to my computer with
    the usb cable provided, but I have no software and he has no idea.

    I have looked to the jvc website but had no luck...

    Does anyone have any ideas as to how to get the data onto my PC?

    thanks kindly.
    Argent, Aug 9, 2005
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  2. Argent

    Rob Guest

    If you have a video editing program use that - like Adobe Premier or if
    using XP movie maker - import.

    I think that windows Moviemaker can do an auto download to your PC.
    Makesure you have the latest version as the initial version wasn't good.
    Windows will turn the file into its own version of something and seem s
    to drop the resolution.

    You can download something like Ulead they have a trial version its
    simple to use.
    Rob, Aug 9, 2005
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  3. Argent

    Argent Guest

    Great, thanks. I have Ulead (got it with my video card I think) - I thought
    I might need "special" software to recognise the camera.

    You think just plug it in and open the software? Sounds easy...
    Argent, Aug 9, 2005
  4. Argent

    MD Guest

    Not sure on the JVC specifically, but often USB connection on Mini DV
    cameras is for Video Streaming (like webcam) or for accessing photos and
    settings on the camera. (as is for Sony)

    Firewire is the most common DV in/out interface. (also known as iLink, IEEE
    1394 and other names for it)

    Does your PC have a firewire card?

    As for freely available software you can use Windows Movie Maker. Not as
    sophisticated as the Adobe Premiere type of products, but will get you
    started with your first movie.
    MD, Aug 9, 2005
  5. Argent

    Argent Guest

    I do have a firewire card. Geepers. So what do I do? Do I need special
    software or just the firewire cable for the camera?
    thanks again.
    Argent, Aug 10, 2005
  6. Argent

    MD Guest

    You need some software to capture the movie from the device.
    Essentially you are using the software to control the tape deck in the video
    camera to playback while the software captures footage from the tape.
    To begin with you capture a series of clips from your footage and these will
    go into a catalogue of clips. You then assemble the clips into a timeline,
    edit them, apply some transitions, effects, audio & soundtrack, titles and
    You need to consider what you want to do with the output as there are
    various levels of quality and amount of disk space required. Video editing
    can consume a large amounts of disk space and needs plenty of RAM.

    Here is the home page for movie make

    The following page has a downloaded movie that provides an overview.

    And Movie Maker for beginners.

    Essentially the concept is the same with many of these tools.
    Apart from having used Adobe premier for Windows, I am not familiar with the
    various suites available on windows.
    Now if you had a Mac... much easier to start with iLife.... and more
    complicated but fully flexible with Final Cut Pro

    you may also wish to try news groups
    - or
    - microsoft.public.windowsxp.moviemaker
    MD, Aug 10, 2005
  7. Argent

    Argent Guest

    thanks MD, I know I need plenty of space - Ive allocated 55gig for my 3
    hours which Im told will be enough.
    Im not too interested in effects etc I just want to get the file to DVD
    eventually - I have ulead video player software - so it sounds like other
    than the camera and 1394 cable Im set, right?
    Argent, Aug 11, 2005
  8. Argent

    Rob Guest

    You don't need any software for the camera. All you need is the video
    editing program - which you have Ulead or MS Movie Maker.
    Rob, Aug 11, 2005
  9. Argent

    Rob Guest

    Before you place it all on a DVD make sure the resolution is high enough
    and your not throwing away information. MS Movie maker output is very low.
    Rob, Aug 11, 2005
  10. Argent

    Argent Guest

    just need to find a cable now!

    Argent, Aug 11, 2005
  11. Argent

    MD Guest

    Keep the DV tape !!!
    Treat it like a set of negs.
    MD, Aug 11, 2005
  12. Argent

    MD Guest

    and remember that output for DVD is a compressed format.
    If you want to preserve the final masterpiece, write back to DV tape or to
    external harddrive.
    MD, Aug 11, 2005
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