CNET Forum Connect Mini-DV MD91 to pc without firewire
MiniDV camcorders make shooting video and importing video content to a PC easy. Once on the PC, video content can be edited, converted for Internet use, or even burned to a DVD.
Transferring video to a PC can be accomplished using an IEEE-1394 interface, commonly known as FireWire or i-Link. However, the cards are easy to purchase if a computer is lacking one. As we know, if you want to get hi-fi video, you should use the i-link DV connection. Depending on the device you are connecting the camera to you will need either a 4-4 and 4-6 pin i-link cable. More info about the mini dv footage at:
I have a JVC Mini-DV camcorder that I would like to connect to my pc to upload video; however, my pc does not have a firewire port, only USB. I cannot find a cable anywhere to connect from my camcorder to my computer without this firewire port. I have been looking online for hubs that connect to the pc via usb that I can connect the Firewire to, but i am so confused on what I need and what I dont need at this point, I decided to turn to the experts.
there are lots of "GR-DVX" camcorders and no manuals available for download.
And yes, indeed, that camcorder's got no DV connector - but does have a "JLIP" connector which is no longer supported. Assuming the video was captured to the miniDV tape in SP mode, you *could* get a miniDV tape based camcorder or deck that does have a firewire port...
The other option is to get an "analog/digital converter". Use the analog AV-out RCA jacks you normally use to connect the camcorder to a TV, but instead of connecting to the TV, connect the camcorder to the A/D converter. Then the A/D converter connects to the computer. Depending on the converter, either USB or firewire is used to connect the converter to the computer. The video quality of the USB units is not so good - Roxio, Hauppage and Pinnacle Dazzle are examples The firewire converters can provide pretty good (Canopus ADVC55 at the low end) quality.
I did see that the manual's cover and the specification page 81 indicate the GR-DVX is a PAL video format. If you go with a miniDV tape based camcorder, be sure it is PAL. NTSC camcorders will not work with the PAL encoded video. As well, be sure the A/D converter can deal with PA
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