Dug out an old Panasonic video tape camera, and found a tape with nearly
an hour of film that has never been transferred to a PC. Current PC is
a laptop, the only connection being USB. Played the tape via the TV
using a lead with 4 way mini jack on camera end and three phono (RCA)
plugs on the other, into SCART on the TV, using an adaptor.
How do I connect the camera directly to the PC, or, more to the point,
do I need one of these :
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Camera is Panasonic nv-ds15b
I don't know what the link goes to, but of curse you need some kind of video
grabber system, unless you want to do the horrible point a camera at the tv
One issue you used to find with home made videos is the erratic sync pulses
due to the mechanics, which can make the results a little wobbly to say the
least so many of these devices contain some memory so the data can be read
out with no variations it being buffered in the unit. Whether times have
changed and things are now more capable I do not know. Of course there are a
number of services out there which can do it for you and put it onto a dvd
or even a big drive or ramstick if that is your wish.
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I forked out and got one of those (it's ?39.95!). I haven't used it very
much, but it works very well indeed.
There are others that are similar and much cheaper (Easycap, EZcap and
variants), and also work well - but there was a time when there were
some fake copies on sale, and it was pot luck whether they really worked
Back in the 80s/90s EU laws prohibited video-out from imported
camcorders to protect the European VCR market - ie Philips & Grundig.
(I think there's still a 30-minute record limit on digital cameras in
To comply the Japanese makers simply covered up the video-out ports on
the camcorder and disabled the output in firmware. But if you were
brave, on many models (certainly on my Sony Video8 and Hi8's) you could
drill a hole to expose the video-out socket and enable it with a hack.
This is the one I use:
I think I got it from Amazon but they are not selling it at the
It came with software that displays the video from my VHS player in a
small window on my PC without needing the TV. Start recording at the
appropriate point, and there is a timer to stop automatically after
some time so you don't have to watch over the process. Then use the
software to edit the recording and save to one of many formats. I
favour .mp4 as it results in a file about 10% the size of the initial
one, with unnoticeable loss of quality if you choose suitable
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