Minidv keeps disappearing from WinXP and capture fails

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Aaron, Aug 19, 2004.

  1. Aaron

    Aaron Guest

    Hi group,

    I got a minidv camcorder a while back and I just got some software so I can
    capture and edit the video on my PC. I got a generic USB/Firewire PCI card.
    The USB ports are working perfectly (for the past 6+ months?), but this is
    the first time I've used the firewire port.

    When I load up the software and connect the minidv via firewire cable, the
    computer sees the camcorder and I start capturing the video. Then, about
    half way through, the camcorder stops and the software locks up. For some
    reason, my minidv is not seen anymore via the software or computer.

    I have uninstalled the firewire card via device manager and let windows
    rediscover it, only to have this happen again. It seems to see the camcorder
    for a while, and then it doesn't.

    Any idea what's happening here? Do I have a bad firewire port (I've tried
    both) on the card?

    I'm using WinXP and I've tried Ulead and Roxio software and both do the same
    thing. My camcorder is a Sony TRV22.

    Aaron, Aug 19, 2004
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    Pete D Guest

    Sounds like you may be running in to file size problems. Are you using Fat32
    or NTFS files system? Fat 32 may have size limitations, download AVI_IO from and try capturing in smaller
    chunks, say 1Gb at a time.
    Pete D, Aug 23, 2004
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    Al Guest

    I have two cheap, mail-order firewire cards that gave me nothing but
    trouble. I finally walked over to Staples and bought a Maxtor, figuring if
    it didn't work, I could easily return it. Worked like a charm.

    I suggest you do something similar to see if it is your card or something
    Al, Aug 24, 2004
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