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post #1 of 25 Old 01-06-2006, 9:48 PM Thread Starter
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Mini DV to PC?

OK, I got a mini DV video camera for Christmas from the wife and want to see what I will need to be able to transfer the video to my PC for editing and then transfer to DVD before i really start using it in the spring and summer during motorcycle rides and other stuff.

I figure a few of you out there have experience with it so how do you do it? The book for the camera only tells me that I need a dv cable and how to use it pretty much as a web cam... So as of right now I am clueless until I find more info on it online... Figured I would start here since we have many tech junkies here... thanks

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Re: Mini DV to PC?

I use a firewire cable to connect my Sony miniDV camcorder to the computer and use Pinnacle Studio to transfer, encode, and burn the video to a DVD. There are other good programs available that have more editing and authoring features though.

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Re: Mini DV to PC?

Hook up the cam start iMovie and it is just like a remote for the VCR I expect Pinnacle is similar.

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Re: Mini DV to PC?

Right. You'll need a video editing program, which will enable you to "capture" the video from your Mini DV tape to something such as an .AVI file. The software will also allow you to edit the footage, add titles and transitions and music and such, and (provided you have a DVD burner), write it all to a DVD disc.

Pinnacle is decent. Adobe Premiere is great, but pricey. Do some research on video editing software and pick the best one in your price range.

Here's a link to get you started.
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Re: Mini DV to PC?

If you're running Windows XP, you can use Windows Movie Maker (free) to download and edit the video. It doesn't write to DVD though, so you would need another package for that part.
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Re: Mini DV to PC?

Very good. should get me started. Guess first thing is to go get a cable... Will a firewire to USB work? It says something about core filters; are they necessary?

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Very good. should get me started. Guess first thing is to go get a cable... Will a firewire to USB work? It says something about core filters; are they necessary?
If your computer has firewire plug into that. Firewire allows you to control the camera. No idea on filters I just plug it in and download

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Re: Mini DV to PC?

OK, just looked over the comp and no firewire connection(all I have is USB ports)... Do I need to buy some sort of card or is a new computer gonna be in my best interest?

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If you have a PCI slot you can probably get a cheap firewire card

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Re: Mini DV to PC?

cool. will hit office depot or circuit city tomorrow and see what i can find. maybe check tigerdirect tonight. thanks sheepster.

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Try compusa... 20$ and thats a good manufacturer.

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Re: Mini DV to PC?

You might need the driver for the device as well. Not sure about this though. I know XP has a bunch of drivers installed from the factory ready for plug n play.
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Re: Mini DV to PC?

Thanks for the help guys. Got my firewire card and cable today and transferred our Christmas video to the computer. Windows Movie maker is a handy little toy.. Now I just need to get out riding and get some good stuff up at the mountain we ride and god knows what else this year and see what I can come up with...

Next I need to get a DVD burner and a editing program with a little more power and ability to burn a dvd.

any suggestions there?

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Thanks for the help guys. Got my firewire card and cable today and transferred our Christmas video to the computer. Windows Movie maker is a handy little toy.. Now I just need to get out riding and get some good stuff up at the mountain we ride and god knows what else this year and see what I can come up with...

Next I need to get a DVD burner and a editing program with a little more power and ability to burn a dvd.

any suggestions there?
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Re: Mini DV to PC?

NEC makes a nice DVD burner...here's the one I have
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827152060
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