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HELP Transfer DV to Computer

ftaber's picture
Last seen: 5 years 4 months ago
Joined: 06/10/2009 - 5:01pm

Big question (and I hope the answer isn't what I think it is):

When using a DV tape to record and transfering from the camcorder to the computer via firewire, must one do so in real-time?

Is there any work arounds to this incredibly inconvient process?

Thanks all,

Forest Taber

-Older Panasonic Consumer Camcorder, DV Tape, Mac OS Latest, 4gig Ram, 160g 5,400 rpm HDD internal (100g free), 1TB Ext Hdd 7,200 Rpm, Adobe Premiere cs4 & Apples Video editing suite


Rob Grauert's picture
Last seen: 9 months 17 hours ago
Joined: 02/16/2008 - 10:47pm

No. Tape captures in real time. If you shot an hour of video, it will take an hour to capture. More like 2 hours: 1 hour to log the tape, 1 hour to capture.

If you think that'sinconvenient, go use a tape-to-tape editing machine for a while. Then you'll be psyched when you go back to DV tape.


jimcvideo's picture
Last seen: 5 years 6 months ago
Joined: 04/15/2009 - 1:39pm

Yep, it's all realtime, and like Robert said, there are definitely fates worse than DV transfer.

If you want faster transfer, you can either buy a firestore drive, or you could record directly onto your computer.


Omtech's picture
Last seen: 1 year 7 months ago
Joined: 05/22/2009 - 9:14am

Friend, what Robert and Jimc adviced you,and that is all you have to do. Capturing equals recording time.

God bless you

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