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    I rented an HD camera a few weeks ago to do some taping on some miniDVs. Unfortunately I didn't have enough time to digitize the video when I had the camera and want to get the content off the tape now. All I have is the tapes and a Panasonic PV-DV400 camcorder. Can I use any miniDV camcorder like the Panasonic to send the HDV video back through the firewire port to the PC using something like Cineform's HDlink or Pinnacle Studio Plus?

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    I am pretty sure you cannot use an SD camera to transfer HDV footage, unless maybe you recorded on the HD camera in SD mode.

    I have both camera types and will try it out later to check.

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    I'll be suprised if you can do it. HDV records a different data stream to SD and I do not think an SD camera will successfully read an HDV tape.

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    Thanks, let me know how you make out with this. The preview screen in VCR mode on my Panasonic was blue and Pinnacle wasn't showing any frames being captured so I'm thinking you can't...but maybe there is a trick to it that i'm not familar with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Mills View Post
    I'll be suprised if you can do it. HDV records a different data stream to SD and I do not think an SD camera will successfully read an HDV tape.
    To be honest, I would have been amazed if it worked.

    It didn't.

    As you say, the two data streams are completely different. Like apples and oranges. Only another HDV camera could have transferred the footage.

    The SD camera rewound the tape nicely though, saving my posh camera's legs a wee bit!

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