video noob: How do I connect PC<-->Panasonic GS15?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Thomas G. Marshall, Oct 16, 2004.

  1. I'm interested in transferring the video from my new pana GS15 to my PC so
    that I can burn a dvd or two with it.

    The panasonic gs15 is peculiarly documented. Besides the fact that the
    manual looks like it is using 2 point type, it is written terribly.

    It says a few things that piss me off. Among the top of the list, it refers
    to using DV-Studio as a way of transferring single frames. But it doesn't
    mention that as a way of uploading a digital movie.

    Secondly, on the GS15, you have to purchase dvstudio separately.

    Now, I have a few newbie questions to all this, and they're not in order.

    1. Can the GS15 connect via it's usb2 port to transfer movies? Or is that
    too slow?

    2. Is the "dv" port the same thing as an ieee 1394 firewire port?

    3. Should I buy the dvstudio 3.1 from panasonic, or should I buy better
    software (?) elsewhere?

    4. And lastly, what do I really need to buy for PC connectivity?

    firewire cable
    firewire card (Dell PC / xp pro)

    Is that it? I have nero for the actual burning, and a dvd+rw drive (I know
    the compatibility issues), etc.
    Thomas G. Marshall, Oct 16, 2004
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  2. While I agree that Panasonic manuals for their camcorders are badly
    written, they do contain the information you need.

    1&2. Use the Firewire port. Also called IEEE-1394. Only a GS400 can
    off-load video via USB 2.0.
    3. If you have XP, you already have, or can download for free from
    Microsoft, MovieMaker 2.
    4. DVStudio or MovieMaker 2, a Firewire cable (6-pin to 4-pin), a
    Firewire interface, a Dell with XP Pro is nice.

    And Nero will directly burn a DVD from a DV camcorder. Use NeroVision
    Express 2.

    Crunchy Doodle, Oct 17, 2004
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  3. Crunchy Doodle coughed up:

    1. Within the camera menu itself there is a setting for connectivity to
    "dvstudio". Is that just a generic term, or did they require that panasonic
    software (I think dvstudio is now owned by panasonic)????

    By the way, I've got the following:

    Dell Dimension 8300 / 3.0 GHz, 800mhz FSB / 512 MB / 80 GB / USB2
    Nero 6 Ultra

    2. Which firewire do I need----400, or 800 Mbps, and if I get the 800, I'm
    assuming it'll be backwardly compatible with the 400, but do you know which
    the camera is? I seem to be horrible at reading that manual.
    Thomas G. Marshall, Oct 18, 2004
  4. Yes, I find the menu setting of DVStudio misleading. It means
    traditional Firewire usage - what you want. The other choice is usually
    webcam for a Panasonic camcorder.

    All DV camcorders are 400 Mbps Firewire - the original version. I
    believe the newer 800 Mbps version is backward compatible.

    And Nero 6 Ultra has the tool for off-loading DV video via Firewire for
    your camcorder.

    Crunchy Doodle, Oct 18, 2004
  5. Crunchy Doodle coughed up:
    HOLY QUAC! REALLY????????????????????????????

    THANKS! I'LL GO CHECK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WOOO HOOO :)

    Thomas G. Marshall, Oct 18, 2004
  6. While your checking, be sure you've taken all your medication before
    they let you out of the building.

    Crunchy Doodle, Oct 18, 2004
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