Downloading Video from Camcorder

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by alert, Dec 22, 2003.

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    alert Guest

    I'm new to digital video and have a question that is probably
    ridiculously obvious to most of the posters here!

    I don't know how to get the digital video from the camcorder to the

    Is downloading only possible from the memory card in the camcorder?
    What about downloading from the miniDV cassette? My manual talks alot
    about downloading still images from the memory card but doesn't say
    much about downloading video files. Also, the memory card only holds
    five minutes of video (I assume I can get memory cards with more

    My equipment:
    - Canon Optura Xi camcorder
    - Dell 4550 (Pentium 4, 256 MB, 64 MB GeForce4 MX Graphics Card, 60GB
    Ultra ATA/100 Hard drive) and operate Winows XP
    - iomega Super DVD writer (external), not yet connected.

    My camera has a USB 2 connection and a FireWire connection. My
    computer has three USB 2 inputs but no FireWire input. Also, my
    computer has Windows MovieMaker 1 installed.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    alert, Dec 22, 2003
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    Rudy Benner Guest

    Good place to find answers to these questions, and many more, and to
    generate even more confusion is here...

    I am a newbie too, by paying close attention, I have learned a bit, mostly,
    about where to find information.

    Rudy - in Canada, eh?
    Rudy Benner, Dec 22, 2003
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  3. For everything there is a beginning... welcome to the group.

    Ok, first thing you need to do is go get you a FireWire card for your
    PC. Almost any one on the market is ok. (others might tell you
    different) Firewire is the preferred (and only method i think) for
    capturing your video onto your hard drive. Capturing video is done in
    real time, and not downloaded.

    In a nutshell.. you plug in your camera via Firewire to your computer.
    Start a capture program, such as Scenalizer, to "capture" the video.
    This is done while your camera is playing, and your hard drive is
    spinning. :)

    Good quality video takes up massive amount of disk space, in fact a 2
    hour video might be a single .AVI file near 40-50 Gigs.

    Once you've captured the video, you'll need an editing program such as
    Vegas Video or Adobe Premiere to make your edited version of the video.
    Then you'll have to decide what your target is going to be.. if it's
    video for the web, you'll want to use a high compression program such as
    Quicktime, or WMV.. if it's a DVD that you want to make, you'll need to
    create a mpeg-2 output, and then use an authoring program such as Encore
    or DVDit! to make a DVD.

    Each one of these processes can be a whole other topic in itself..

    Get ready to spend lots of extra money on hard drives, and more software. :)

    Hope this helps, and good luck to you.

    Richard Ragon, Dec 22, 2003
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    Jimk Guest

    You need to get a firewire card and cable for the PC to transfer raw
    DV video from the miniDV cassette. Some MiniDV's use USB to stream
    low resolution video but not high.
    Jimk, Dec 23, 2003
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    Tony Guest

    Attach the power cable to your camcorder
    Attach the firewire cable to the camcorder
    Turn the camcorder on, ignore the Capture to box that will pop up
    Turn the camcorder to VCR mode or Play mode
    Run DVIO, search Google for it, ist only small.
    Set the filename and destination
    Press Capture from Camera on DVIO
    When you play the camcorder, it will capture a DV2 avi file to your hard
    Tony, Dec 23, 2003
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    alert Guest

    Thank you for your response.
    Now this will be a card that I install into my computer that has a
    FireWire jack on it, right? Any recommendations?
    Are there any capture programs that are a free download on the
    internet (this might be another niave question!)
    I want to make videos that are edited from old films, photos and vhs
    video tapes with music dubbed over them. I've done several already but
    did them entirely with video editing machines. I want the new videos
    to play on regular dvd players.
    alert, Dec 23, 2003
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    Jerry Jones Guest

    Jerry Jones, Dec 23, 2003
  8. There are free programs, and there are also programs that come with many of
    the FireWire cards.

    As already stated, digital video takes up alot of space. If you record many
    hours of footage and want to cut it to an hour or so, you may need a lot of
    HD space during the edit. There are card/SW combinations that capture the
    movie in low-res, let you edit it, and when your editing is complete you
    "press a button" and it reads just the parts you've selected and give you a
    highres movie as a result. This is possible since a DV camera can be
    controlled over FireWire with good enough result for a hobbyist. It will
    not cut at a second too early or too late.

    /Tommy P.
    Tommy Petersson, Dec 24, 2003
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    alert Guest

    You can use your camcorder's Firewire port to connect to your
    My computer has an S-video jack in the back but no FireWire jack.

    I guess I need to buy a video card that has a FireWire jack/connection
    and install it in my computer? (My camcorder has a FireWire output.)

    Thanks to all of you for your help, I appreciate it!

    alert, Dec 26, 2003
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