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- January 14, 2006 at 9:43 AM #36722AnonymousInactive
I’m heading out to look for a cable to connect my video camera to the computer. Do any of you know which one I need? I plan to just take this picture (printed) and go see if I can find a match, but if someone knows of a problem or an additional adapter I need, it would sure help. I have a Dell Multimedia computer.
The image of my camera and computer connections (plus I have USB ports on the computer) can be seen at http://www.grullablue.com/images/temp/video_hookups.jpg
If you got a digital camera, Firewire is the only way to go.
When I looked up Firewire on the ‘net, I didn’t see the same connections as these. Does your Firewire have these connections? Where did you get it?
the USB port on your camera is most likely to transfer any files on a memory card (i.e. still images captured through the camera) andthe DV port next to it is a 4-pin Firewire card. you probably have a 6-pin firewire connector somewhere on your computer (if it’s a multimedia comp) so you might want to look around for that. it might be listed as IEEE 1394 also. if you’re not sure, feel free to take pictures of all of your ports on your comp and post them.
the cables in the hand are s-video analog and composite analog cables. both of these do carry video, but you want to have a digital capture because you won’t lose any quality.
the connectors on your comp might be a composite video and S-video, but it’s hard to tell.
I must have had ESP and known what you were thinking, because I stood in front of the Fire Wires for about 10 minutes and then chose the 4 and 6 one. I knew there were some USB-looking things on the back of the computer, but they weren’t as wide as a USB. So I bought it, and I think you were right on the money. In a few minutes, I’ll try it and see.
Then, I’ll have to figure out if I need some program to download the video once it’s hooked up!
I don’t have a spot on the back of the computer for the 6-pin or for a 4-pin. Lotta good it did to pay the extra dollars for a multi media computer. I told the salesperson at Dell what I wanted to do with the computer (video editing and web cam for my horse barn), and this is what he said I needed.
Do you think I have to buy and install another port? A picture of the back of my computer is at http://www.grullablue.com/images/temp/video_hookups2.jpg It is a large picture.
Thanks for all your help!