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    hi guys,
    i have been asked to get 16 tapes worth of video off tapes and convert them so that they can be viewed on a computer.

    the tapes we use are sony dvpremium (dvm60).
    the handy cam model is a sony dcr-trv950e pal.

    there is no booklet for this, and i dont have the a clue how i would go about getting the tapes converted to files that can be read on a pc.

    if any one can shed some ligght on the question, id appreaciate it.

    Regards
    Damien

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    My first suggestion would be to do a search on google to see if you can find any info on that cam, but I'm sure it does have a Firewire socket? This is the preferred method of taking video off (capturing) from a mini dv camcorder as it keeps the picture and sound quality at its highest. You'll need a Firewire cable to connect the camcorder to the computer (with reasonable spec - Windows XP or Vista), a large hard disk and a Firewire socket on the computer aswell.

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    You need some software that will allow you to capture - The editor included with xp will do this.

    You then simply plug the camera to the pc via f wire - NOT EVER EVER USB USB NO NO NO - and play the tapes into the pc.

    Thats it in a nutshell.

    Each tape will use 13 gig.

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    Hi guys,
    thanks for the tips...i have located the DV port on the camera, so all i need to do now is to purchase a firewire pci card and a connector and that should be that hopefully.


    thanks for your help again.

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    Before you purchase a PCI Firewire card make sure you have a free PCI slot inside your computer.

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    thanks for the responses nikosony and mark w, the pc has spare pci card slots so i should be ok on that front.

    also the pc is fairly well speced,

    1gb ram
    160 gig hd
    1.86 gh dual core processor...


    would anyone be able to roughly put an estimate on how much time i can expect to devote to copying 1 tape to pc?



    Thanks again guys,.
    Damien

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    Exactly one hour And each hour of DV occupies 13 GB on your hard drive.

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    thanks mihai.
    its off to the shops for me. ill post and let ye know how that went for me...

    Regards
    Damien

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    Hi guys,
    just to say thanks for all your help. i purchased the firewire card, installed it yesterday, and have been copying over the tapes sucessfully.

    Thanks for all your help.

    Damien

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    Just remember to defragment your hard disk on a more regular basis now that you have started to capture and edit video, it will make the whole experience sooooo much more enjoyable.

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