Help with Mini DV cable connection to PC

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by ECLiPSE 2002, May 2, 2006.

  1. ECLiPSE 2002

    ECLiPSE 2002 Guest

    I'm a newbie and have a dumb question

    I recently purchased a Panasonic PV-GS 300 MiniDV camcorder and
    dutifully read the user's manual but am confused by what I have read.
    Panasonic provides a USB 2 cable with accessories, but if you want to
    use the DV connection using a Firewire IEEE 1394 cable it must be
    purchased separately. I do want to be able to use the Firewire
    connection, but the cable that Panasonic sells for this camera is a 4
    pin to 4 pin cable. My Compaq PC has a 6 pin input port.

    My question is - will the 4 (camcorder) to 6 pin (PC) connection work
    satisfactorily or must the two connections be the same for the
    transfer to occur?

    Thanks for any assistance
     
    ECLiPSE 2002, May 2, 2006
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  2. Now see, if you had properly cross-posted, my answer in the other NG
    (rec.video) would have appeared here automatically...

    Gino
    Purveyor of great advice!
     
    Gene E. Bloch, May 2, 2006
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    BD Guest

    will the 4 (camcorder) to 6 pin (PC) connection work
    It should work fine. I set up a JVC camcorder that had the 4-pin
    connector, and plugged it into a PC with a 6-pin. Worked great.

    Couldn't make the USB do a single thing, though. Oh well.
     
    BD, May 2, 2006
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  4. ECLiPSE 2002

    ECLiPSE 2002 Guest

    Many thanks to Gino and BD for their assistance.

    Frank
     
    ECLiPSE 2002, May 3, 2006
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    Davey Boy 2 Guest

    I recently purchased a Panasonic PV-GS 300 MiniDV camcorder and
    I believe the 6 pin connection has a power supply which is used at the 4 pin
    end.

    Dave
     
    Davey Boy 2, May 4, 2006
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  6. The two extra pins in the 6-pin version are for power. You would
    need 6-pins at BOTH ends in order to "use" the power. The tiny
    4-pin version was originally designed for camera use where something
    small was needed. Besides, the cameras draw too much power to rely
    on the Firewire or USB supply.
     
    Richard Crowley, May 4, 2006
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  7. ECLiPSE 2002

    Davey Boy 2 Guest

    Thanks RIchard, just spotted the missing "NOT" which should have been in my
    reply :)

    Dave
     
    Davey Boy 2, May 4, 2006
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