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    Video capture card?

    Need your help please guys.

    I've got a sony handycam that uses mini dv tapes but i want to be able to get the footage on my fujitsu siemens laptop so i can see it and edit it.
    Am i right in thinking i need a video capture card to do this?

    Please have you got some links for me as i have no idea exactly what i need
    Does the software come with it and would it just connect via usb?

    REALLY appreciate any help with this guys.
    Thanks in advance and rep for your help

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    usb end in the pc, connect the yellow red and white cables, install the software, go from there

    I always used to use a freeware program called WinDV to port across my Sony minidv tapes. My handycam came with a docking station but id assume that yours must come with at least a dv out to usb or something similar. Anyway WinDV was amazing and never in all the time i used it dropped a frame.

    Sadly the missus dropped our camera into the sea on holiday in Turkey so have no more cam :-(

    Have a look for the above though (i may even have it backed up if you get stuck)...maybe what you're after.

    Original Poster

    Thanks guys, rep'd.
    Just read all through the reviews and they're not great.
    Think i might give it a go as it's quite cheap and see how i get on.
    It doesn't sound like the software you get with it is much cop so i might be back to see you Squelds :thumbsup:

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    Makes me quite sad to think my first Video Capture card cost me just under a grand (Miro DC30)

    I have a EasyCap device , not used it for capture, you can have sync problems with the audio & video .so, there not the best .If your laptop has a PCMCIA slot , you can get adapters ...................ebay sell them cheap , Firewire or Composite . Firewire gives DV [digital video ] and a good decent picture for editing . Remember , it uses about 12 to 13 GB per hours worth of footage ,so it will eat away your HDD .There are others ways of capturing using separate devices which link to the laptop by the USB port . Some good and some bad . I use the Open Xrecorder , excellent picture quality ..............analogue though but still decent .

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    dcx_badass;8798581

    Don't get a video capture card, that will change it from digital to … Don't get a video capture card, that will change it from digital to analogue and back to digital again messing with the quality. All mini dv cams just have firewire out (sometimes via a dock), use that and it will do a straight data transfer (well you still have to use capture software but the quality will be better).Some Sony's can use USB aswell but it's not good at all compared to firewire. I used to do this daily at work, but yeah firewire is the best way.



    Oh ok, that's interesting.
    Sorry but i don't have a clue when it comes to this sort of thing.
    With the "firewire out", do i need some sort of cable and where do i get the capture software from?
    Sorry, appreciate your help
    Rep'd.

    ricko;8798692

    I have a EasyCap device , not used it for capture, you can have sync … I have a EasyCap device , not used it for capture, you can have sync problems with the audio & video .so, there not the best .If your laptop has a PCMCIA slot , you can get adapters ...................ebay sell them cheap , Firewire or Composite . Firewire gives DV [digital video ] and a good decent picture for editing . Remember , it uses about 12 to 13 GB per hours worth of footage ,so it will eat away your HDD .There are others ways of capturing using separate devices which link to the laptop by the USB port . Some good and some bad . I use the Open Xrecorder , excellent picture quality ..............analogue though but still decent .


    Cheers for your help, rep'd.

    magough;8803037

    With the "firewire out", do i need some sort of cable and where do i get … With the "firewire out", do i need some sort of cable and where do i get the capture software from?




    WinDV ;-)

    I was under the impression your laptop didn't have a Firewire port . Before you buy anything , please first check and make sure either way that you can use the Firewire connection from your camcorder. Firewire is the BEST way to upload footage from camcorders to a Pc or laptop , but you must have the ports on the laptop or PC.
    As far as software is concerned there are loads to choose from , from the basic to the more advanced .
    I use Sony Vegas , Serif Movie + and one I really like is Pinnacle . Pinnacle is really good and easy to use , it will capture , allow you to edit ,add transitions ,background music .etc and put it straight on to a DVD .
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