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- May 1, 2017 at 5:58 PM #93545johncassavetesMember
I have a Panasonic mini DV camcorder and a Dell Laptop with USB ports ONLY. I am trying to figure out the best way to transfer the tapes to my computer for preservation and to edit on my Adobe Premiere.
Is a capture device like Dazzle the best way to go or is there a better option?
- May 2, 2017 at 5:17 PM #215507JackWolcottParticipant
Take a look at this Videomaker thread — https://www.videomaker.com/forum/topic/how-to-capture-video-from-dv-through-usb — for an interesting discussion regarding your question.
I wouldn’t spend money on Dazzle, which has had a pretty lousy track record regarding image quality transfer.
Your best bet would be to see if you can put a firewire card in your laptop.
- May 2, 2017 at 10:07 PM #215511RockyParticipant
Using a laptop to copy a DV tape without a video capture card presents problems. This You Tube Video explains one method how to solve your problem. Good Luck
- May 13, 2017 at 5:45 PM #215568TrevorParticipant
I wouldn’t go with a Dazzle, they’re pieces of garbage. Nor would I go with a video game capture card like the Happauge HD PVR 2, as they capture to AVCHD MP4.
If you are not able to get a Firewire port in you laptop, I would use something like the Blackmagic Intensity Shuttle that connects by USB 3.0 , but allows you to hook up a camcorder by S-Video. You would loose some quality dropping to analog, but with the shuttle you would be able to pick your compression to capture in.
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