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How to connect a camcorder to a windows laptop via Firewire?

Last post 05-10-2020, 13:38 by Steve100. 39 replies.
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  •  05-09-2020, 3:39 799096 in reply to 799091

    Re: Re:How to connect a camcorder to a windows laptop via Firewire?

    jjn:
    R_Vera:
    Steve100:

    Hi,

    I just discovered that my old DVD player has a Firewire input, so assuming it works I now just need to repair the camcorder which is a big if.
    I guess I'll need to find another camcorder 2nd hand if I can't.

    Thank you and everyone for their tips. 

    Steve 

    Check your camcorder if it has RCA outputs. You can use them to into your DVD Recorder/Player. 

    That's just going full circle and reverting to analogue capture.

    That's his last option he has if the DV output to his camera won't work. 

  •  05-09-2020, 12:29 799128 in reply to 799089

    Re: Re:How to connect a camcorder to a windows laptop via Firewire?

    Hi,

    Thanks for your reply.

    After a lot of fiddling about with the DVD recorder and TV,  I've managed to get the video from the camcorder onto a DVD +RW disc successfully.

    My laptop can read the files, though they are VOB format. I found a free converter with no limitations on file size, time and without watermarks:
    https://www.videoconverterfactory.com/tips/free-video-converter-no-watermark.html
    I've converted the VOB to MP4. 

    Next step will be to see if I can do the same with Firewire if the 'repair kit' that I ordered for my camcorder corrects the fault.

    Steve

  •  05-09-2020, 12:32 799130 in reply to 799096

    Re: Re:How to connect a camcorder to a windows laptop via Firewire?

    Yes it is going full circle but I think it was worth testing with RCA connections just to see if I can get a file on to a DVD. That makes me more confident I will be able to transfer the video via Firewire if and when I fix my camcorder.

     

  •  05-09-2020, 12:33 799131 in reply to 799130

    Re: Re:How to connect a camcorder to a windows laptop via Firewire?

    Once again, thank you to everyone for your suggestions, I would never have thought of going the DVD player/recorder route without this discussion.
  •  05-09-2020, 12:38 799133 in reply to 799128

    Re: Re:How to connect a camcorder to a windows laptop via Firewire?

    Steve100:

    My laptop can read the files, though they are VOB format. I found a free converter with no limitations on file size, time and without watermarks:
    https://www.videoconverterfactory.com/tips/free-video-converter-no-watermark.html
    I've converted the VOB to MP4. 

    Useless convertion.

    Either you directly import the content of the DVD in Studio => it creates a .mpg file or simply copy/paste the DVD structure into your computer and rename the .vob to .mpg and import these .mpg into Studio.

  •  05-10-2020, 11:06 799162 in reply to 799133

    Re: Re:How to connect a camcorder to a windows laptop via Firewire?

    Hi Saby,

    I don't think I can just rename .vob files to .mpg if that's what you mean, they're not the same according to this:
    http://www.dvdvobtompg.com/

     After converting, I can play the MP4 file in windows media player for example.

     Steve 

     

  •  05-10-2020, 11:16 799163 in reply to 799162

    Re: Re:How to connect a camcorder to a windows laptop via Firewire?

    The conversion normally works if you are then going to use the result on PS. It's lossless, obviously.
  •  05-10-2020, 11:37 799164 in reply to 799162

    Re: Re:How to connect a camcorder to a windows laptop via Firewire?

    Hi,

    Steve100:

    I don't think I can just rename .vob files to .mpg if that's what you mean, they're not the same according to this:
    http://www.dvdvobtompg.com/

     After converting, I can play the MP4 file in windows media player for example.

    .vob is a container. It contains Mpeg2 video stream. Renaming it to .MPG is a simple and old trick that actually works.

  •  05-10-2020, 11:39 799165 in reply to 799164

    Re: Re:How to connect a camcorder to a windows laptop via Firewire?

    I tried that but in Windows media player I got no image just audio.
  •  05-10-2020, 11:49 799168 in reply to 799165

    Re: Re:How to connect a camcorder to a windows laptop via Firewire?

    Use any software player smarter than WMP and it would work (VLC, MPC HC, ...), even Pinnacle Studio of course.
  •  05-10-2020, 12:39 799170 in reply to 799168

    Re: Re:How to connect a camcorder to a windows laptop via Firewire?

    Hi Saby,

    Yes that does work but then all the players I tried (VLC, MPC HC, PowerDVD 10.) but these also worked for vobs.

    Does it matter that a vob is container as it's presumably relying on the player to look for an mpg inside, windows media player obviously doesn't but I wonder if there might be others.

    Which video format would you recommend? 

    Steve 

  •  05-10-2020, 12:48 799171 in reply to 799170

    Re: Re:How to connect a camcorder to a windows laptop via Firewire?

    A .mpg, a .mp4 is a container too, you know.

    Sorry, I don't understand. What video format are you talking about ?

    jjn and I point is : no need to transcode the DVD-R or DVD-RW content.

    Import the DVD into Studio using the Importer or copy/paste its content to your hard drive, then rename the .vob to .mpg and the import them into Studio.

  •  05-10-2020, 13:28 799173 in reply to 799171

    Re: Re:How to connect a camcorder to a windows laptop via Firewire?

    OK, thanks.

    Ah OK, sorry I should have been more specific. I mean what would be the best format to convert my video to considering I want to send them to people and so a format that works on most devices would be essential.

    Also for the future, I assume some formats might last longer than others.
    https://www.motionelements.com/blog/articles/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-5-most-common-video-file-formats
    Perhaps I should just hedge my bets and convert to several while I'm at it.

    I guess what you're saying is keep them as vob/mpg for editing with Studio.

     

     

  •  05-10-2020, 13:37 799174 in reply to 799173

    Re: Re:How to connect a camcorder to a windows laptop via Firewire?

    H.264 is pretty universal nowadays.

    Your link is 7 years old. An eternity for video things, you know.

  •  05-10-2020, 13:38 799175 in reply to 799174

    Re: Re:How to connect a camcorder to a windows laptop via Firewire?

    OK thanks.

     

    Good point, I should have checked the date. 

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