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Limited "digital" transfer...
by boya84 - 9/24/12 2:45 PM
In Reply to: jvc gr-dvl365 by musomaniak
your laptop does not have an expansion slot (typically either ExpressCard or PCMCIA). The available card slaot is for using flash card media only so you can take that thought off the table.
is indeed a miniDV tape based camcorder that uses the camcorder's IEEE1394-compliant DV port and a firewire cable to connect to a computer's active firewire port.
Since your laptop does not have a firewire port and no way to add one, you have two options:
1) Use a computer that has a firewire port. When saving/importing the video from the miniDV tape, saving the files to an external hard drive will allow you to move the drive to your computer after the importing is complete. That way you can edit on your computer.
2) Us an "analog/digital converter". For your specific laptop, the best you can do is some sort of external, USB-connecting A/D converter. Elgato, Roxio and a whole bunch of others make these. Connect the camcorer's analog/composite video cable (that came in the box with the camcorder). There will be one end that fits the camcorder and the other end will have a few color-coded RCA jacks. Yellow is the composite video; Red is right-audio; White is left-audio. These RCA male connectors plug into the A/D converter. The A/D converter plugs into the computer. There will be some reduction in video quality because of the step through analog and over USB.
These "analog/digital converters" come in different sizes and costs. They are also referred to as a "capture card" when installed as an internal card in a desk-top computer with an available expansion slot.
Video uses LOTS of space when imported, decompressed and available for editing. An external hard disc drive is strongly recommended for two reasons:
1) As indicated above, you can move to different computers for editing.
2) It keeps the editing activity off the internal start-up drive. While you are editing, competition for computer resources (virtual memory) will be much less than if the files are on the start-up drive. This will improved the computer's response time.
3) You should ALWAYS have at least 20% available start-up hard disc space. Because video files are so large, you can quickly fill that internal drive. This is prevented by saving the files to the external drive.
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