newbie help please!! Loosing my mind! What have I done wrong!!

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by helpee_helperton, Jul 11, 2004.

  1. I'm using my Sony TRV 38 camcorder to act as an interface to my
    computer to get video transferred onto the hardrive from a VCR for
    archiving purposes. So it's hooked up like this: VCR to camcorder
    video in - camcoder set to VCR mode and AV to DV out. Camcorder hooked
    to Windows XP computer via firewire.

    Start up the vcr and no problem viewing the video on the computer via
    Windows movie maker, Nero vision, etc. Problem is that when I hit the
    "start capture" button on the software, the blank tape starts running
    in the camcorder and the video signal from the VCR is lost! I really
    wanted to do this real time, as most of the tapes I'm trying to
    archive are 120 minutes. Any ideas or comments would be really

    helpee_helperton, Jul 11, 2004
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    Rich Guest

    You are attempting to do what is called referred to as pass-through or Sony
    calls it "Digital convert function". Normally on the Sony you have to set
    the "A/V -> DV OUT" to "on". The tape must be removed from your Sony
    camcorder. Additionally pass-through does not work with Movie Maker. If
    all else fails you can always input the VCR to your camcorder, then use
    FireWire to transfer your video from your camcorder to your PC.

    Rich, Jul 11, 2004
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    Martin Lab Guest

    I also struggled with this problem with my TRV 340 but soon found that
    not all capture software allows pass-thru. On the ones that do you MUST
    turn off "DV Device Control" (set to "none" or something similarly
    worded). I've found that Premiere 6.5, Vegas, DVGate, MGI Video Wave,
    Ulead DVD Workshop let you do this...(I assume many others, too) AND it
    doesn't matter if you leave a tape in the camcorder.

    Martin Lab, Jul 12, 2004
  4. Thank you for the insights - I now see that the software was the
    problem and have tried Pinnacle Studio 9 with success. That is, it
    works, but I'm not sure if the results are comparable to what I'd get
    using a different capture device.

    helpee_helperton, Jul 12, 2004
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