Get video from Canon ZR50

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by drumboy00, Dec 24, 2006.

  1. drumboy00

    drumboy00 Guest

    I have a Canon ZR50. I can download the still pics through USB. I
    just got a new PC and like my old PC I am unable to download the video
    over Firewire. (3 years now!) When I connect the Zr50 to my PC using
    Firewire it doesn't even pick up the new hardware. I have TAPE
    selected and PLAY (VCR) selected. I am just using Windows Movie Maker
    for now until I can get this working.

    Is there other software/drivers I need to install? I installed the
    drivers so I can get the stills. The manuals that come with the camera
    don't give ANY information.

    Any suggestions/answers are greatly appreciated.
    drumboy00, Dec 24, 2006
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  2. "drumboy00" wrote ...
    You say the the Firewire port on the camcorder never
    worked? Why wouldn't we then assume that the Firewire
    port on the camera is broken. You are certainly not the
    only one here with that problem.

    You should not have to load any additional drivers, software,
    etc to get your computer talking to your camcorder. Assuming
    that the Firewire port on the computer, the Firewire port on
    the camcorder, and the Firewire cable are all good.
    Richard Crowley, Dec 24, 2006
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  3. drumboy00

    drumboy00 Guest

    Thanks for the feedback. However, I should have explained a little
    better. I was able to control the camera (play, FF, RWD) with my old the firewire cable was ok. The video just didn't come
    through. Now with this new PC, I can't even control the camera.
    Is there a way to test my firewire card?
    drumboy00, Dec 26, 2006
  4. "drumboy00" wrote ...
    The usual method: do any other firewire devices work
    properly when plugged in? Can you borrow somebody
    else's camcorder, etc. to try?

    When you say you can't control the camera, does that mean
    that the computer recognizes the camera when you plug it in?
    I am assuming you are running Windows XP. Please remember
    to state details like this.
    Richard Crowley, Dec 26, 2006
  5. drumboy00

    Ray S Guest

    The PC per se doesn't control the camera. The capture and or playback
    application controls the camera. You say you are using Movie Maker
    'until you get this resolved'. Using Movie Maker IS getting it resolved.
    Ray S, Dec 26, 2006
  6. drumboy00

    drumboy00 Guest

    Well I got it figured out!! Thanks for the suggestions, but here is
    what I found. The Firewire lead at the front of my case, wasn't
    connected to my motherboard, because my motherboard does not have a
    connection for it. So I installed the firewire card I had from my old
    PC and VOILA! I could control the camcorder (Play, Pause
    etc....through Movie Maker). So that's all good.

    Here's the kicker, when I play the video nothing shows in the Preview.
    I read somewhere recently that you should not have your camera record
    mode set to ELP because the PC can't convert the data stream. So the
    most recent tape I put in my camcorder I set it to LP. This worked. I
    could see all the video on the PC and record it into WMV files. Now
    the issue I have is that my last 4 years of video is all on ELP and now
    I can't put this onto DVD. Does anyone know a process I can do to get
    these tapes record in ELP mode onto DVD?
    drumboy00, Dec 31, 2006
  7. drumboy00

    Steve King Guest

    The long play incompatibility gets a lot of people. Does the camera have
    analogue outputs? If so, connect it to a standalone DVD burner and copy

    Steve King
    Steve King, Dec 31, 2006
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