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Help with camcorder

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by ninjaskull, 22 May 2006.

  1. ninjaskull

    Gangster

    Joined: 9 Aug 2004

    Posts: 385

    I have some tapes from my camcorder, is there a way I can put all of my tapes onto my PC? if so what do I need to buy?

    kind regards

    Murray
     
    Last edited: 22 May 2006
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    Hitman

    Joined: 9 Mar 2005

    Posts: 533

    Location: South Wales

    We need a little more information...

    what format are the tapes? minidv / hi8 etc.

    what model camcorder are you using?
     
  3. ninjaskull

    Gangster

    Joined: 9 Aug 2004

    Posts: 385

    it's a mini DV camcorder
    not sure what model it is


    I might buy a digital camcorder instead. what would be a good one? and would i need to buy memory cards for them? if so how long would I get from a 1gb card?
     
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    Hitman

    Joined: 9 Mar 2005

    Posts: 533

    Location: South Wales

    You already have a digital camcorder :p ;)

    What you need:

    a firewire cable (unless your camcorder uses usb2 only)
    a firewire port on your computer (or usb2 port as above)

    you will also need an application to capture your footage. Windows Movie Maker is fine for this. There are more advanced editing packages available, such as Avid or Adobe Premiere.

    Most camcorders use tapes to store video. I'm not quite sure how far flash memory camcorders have evolved as I have yet to see or use one, but at the moment, in terms of quality and functionality nothing beats the standard digital video format for consumer/prosumer cameras.