Problem capturing DV Video via 1394 - Dell Inspiron 8200 - P4 - Sony PC9

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Pamela Goldfarb, Dec 15, 2003.

  1. Hello, I am having a big problem with my system.

    I have a Dell inspiron 8200 - running winxp home, with a Sony PC9
    camera.

    I am using firewire.

    I have tried a slew of capture programs: premiere 6.5, dvio, sclive,
    all with the same results: very choppy capture, audio break ups, video
    frames dropped.

    The weird thing is that last year on the same system with the same
    camera and same capture software, I was able to capture both recorded
    tapes, and well as analog video / audio that came through the camera
    from a VCR.

    This year, it does not work.

    Obviously something has chagned, but I am at a loss as to what exact
    system update has broken my system.

    When I plug the 1394 cable in the PC beeps, and the camera in VCR mode
    displays DV IN. Is that correct? If not, what should it be.

    When I play a tape, the capture software displays what the camera is
    displaying just fine, but it fails miserably when I initiate the
    capture.

    I am running DirectX 9, and was probably running directx 8 last year,
    could this be the culprit?

    Does anyone have any ideas?
     
    Pamela Goldfarb, Dec 15, 2003
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  2. Pamela Goldfarb

    rqo Guest

    Have you tried to defrag your capture hard drive? Do you have a separate
    hard drive to capture to? How much disc space is available to capture to?
    Is there some other program running in the background while you attempt to
    capture? Good place to start.....

    rqo
     
    rqo, Dec 15, 2003
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  3. Yes, I have defragged the disc. There is approx. 13GB left on the
    drive. There is only one drive as it is a laptop.

    Would purchasing a firewire drive help, or make the problem worse as
    both the drive and DV source would be using the 1394 interface.

    Would capturing to a network drive help. I have a 100MB LAN and a
    server that has a SCSI disc system. I wasn't sure that the network
    would be fast enough.

    I have tried to shutdown as much of the background processes as
    possible:

    virus scan, etc.

    And it worked fine last year.

    I wonder if the WinXP memory allocation bug that was introduced in
    WinXP SP 1 is the cultprit, presumably the capture utliities are using
    memory allocation?
     
    Pamela Goldfarb, Dec 15, 2003
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  4. Pamela Goldfarb

    NBK Guest

    Which program are u using to capture with?
    NBK

     
    NBK, Dec 15, 2003
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  5. I have tried a slew of capture programs: premiere 6.5, dvio, sclive,
    all with the same results: very choppy capture, audio break ups, video
    frames dropped.
     
    Pamela Goldfarb, Dec 16, 2003
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