I use a sony handycam with Pinnacle and the dedicated connection is iLink (firewire) cable 4 pin and port. Pinnacle doesn't seem to recognise my camera, is there any way i can check if its the camera or the computer. If its the camera i can buy a new and later video camera. I know they are more advanced than my handicam so which would be the best mid price one to use with Pinnacle with ease of transfer.
My computer is a SONY VAIO VGC-V2S all in one running XP. It worked the last time I used it. Opened Device Manager and expanded the tree of every device all were working properly but I didn't find anything relating to firewire card / and or firmware support. Is there an alternative, the handycam is a SONY DCR-HC18E (quite old now) WITH A USB, A/V OUT, AND (DV OUT 4 Pin iLink)
I will have a look, not sure. I can use the AV out and connect that to my scart/composite connection for my TV/VCR/DVD player, this plays it as a video and I can record it on to my hard drive then transfer to Pinnacle, a bit long winded thats all.
Yes it does have a USB port. Unfortunately I have tried the ilink and USB with Pinnacle and Click to DVD and with Sonic Gate and none recognise the camera. There has to be a reason why it worked before but doesn't now. Perhaps I should look for a new camera, my computer has a Memory stick duo slot and a PC Card slot, any suggetsions.
no but it does play when through the scart/comp connection. I have checked IEEE1394 and it says it is working properly, i even tried the troubleshoot and looked for a new driver, i have the latest. I have read somewhere that the port can blow on the camera and it costs more to repair than some cameras are worth. Could i use a camcorder with memory card to transfer video, i could buy the software as well instaed of Pinnacle.
I use a camcorder with memory card and put the memory card in my reader for transfer. Beware that you need a large size memory card especially for HD. Check that your reader can cope with the size and type of card.
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