Answer Best answer as chosen by user perza123
I agree with Bob, but there is an option
with a trade-off...
The *best* way to get the video from the digital tape to the computer is to connect the camcorder's DV port (not USB) to the computer's firewire port (not USB) using a firewire cable (not USB). If your computer does nt have a firewire port, hopefully there is an available expansion slot so one can be added. USB-to-firewire cable/converter/adapter things do not work. Firewire, DV, i.LINK and IEEE1394 are all the same thing - and not USB. Once the camcorder is connected an in "Play" mode, Pinnacle, Premiere and most other video editors will import or captured the video directly.
The *other* way to get the the video from the digital tape to the computer is to connect the camcorder's AV-out (the cable was in the box - and is the same cable you would use if you connected the camcorder to a TV and used the camcorder for playback) to an "analog/digital converter". The A/D converter connects to the computer's USB port with a USB cable. Elgato, Roxio and a gazillion others make these (I prefer the firewire connecting Canopus/Grass Valley ADVC55 or ADVC110, but if you can't get firewire on your computer, they won't help you). This USB connection version will not have video quality as good the firewire connection version that was described above as the *best* way to proceed because of the step down to analog through the camcorder's AV port. It is likely Pinnacle and Premiere will not recognize the USB source of this video, so using the app that comes with the USB-based A/D converter will get the video imported, then drag that file into the video editor.
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