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    Default Sharp Viewcam VL-Z8 - Transfer to PC

    Help, new to digital imaging and I need some advice. I have a Sharp Viewcam VL-Z8 and would like to know how to get by video onto my PC and then convert to DVD?

    My PC has a 120gb HD (approx 80% free), an Athlon XP 2600+ processor, 1gb memory and a Geforce FX5900 graphics card. My PC has a Firewire Port (IEEE 1394), a Liteon LDW851S DVD writer and USB ports. What is the best thing a could buy? (I guess it would some sort of external converter??)

    I have a Dazzle DVC 80 (USB link) which I have had very limited sucess transfering video from my old analogue camera.

    All advice greatly appreciated!

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    Hi Murada,

    I've the same Viewcam Z as you........ all you need is a firewire lead to connect the viewcam to the firewire port on the PC.

    I'm using ULead VideoStudio8 at the moment and getting good results, although I'm burning SVCD as I don't have a DVD writer. You can test the capturing process using XP's Movie Maker.

    Did your PC come with a firewire (IEEE1394) lead?......Sam

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    Hey i'm using the same camera and have just borrowed a firewire cable off a friend. When i try to capture the video through Windows Movie Maker the camera doesnt show up. Do i need firewire drivers for the cable/camera?

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    Alex: normally, Windows XP will auto-detect a camcorder attached via Firewire. Is the camcorder set to 'play'? - it may not detect it if it's set to 'record'.
    Premiere Pro, Encore, Photoshop, Ulead VS6, WXP Pro, Core 2 Duo, 2GB, 2 x 250GB SATA3 drives, 2 x 250GB USB 2 external drive, DVD writer, GeForce 7300 GS 256MB

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    yes it is set to play but windows xp does not detect it

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    You say Windows doesn't detect it: is there nothing present in Device Manager? Does a bubble not come up on the screen saying 'new hardware detected' when you attach it/switch it on? If those reveal nothing, it may be as well to start eliminating stuff - like, can you borrow another Firewire cable? - it's not unknown for cheap ones to be faulty. Can you borrow another camera - see if there's an issue with the camera? After that, I'm all out of ideas... :(
    Premiere Pro, Encore, Photoshop, Ulead VS6, WXP Pro, Core 2 Duo, 2GB, 2 x 250GB SATA3 drives, 2 x 250GB USB 2 external drive, DVD writer, GeForce 7300 GS 256MB

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