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  • Capturing mini-dv tapes to PC

     Mike Kujbida updated 1 week ago 6 Members · 26 Posts
  • Dave Giardina

    June 21, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    Hi, I’m looking to capture mini-dv tapes to pc (Win 10) using a Sony handycam. I have an a/v cable connected to the cam. the other end of the cable is connected to a video capture device (a/v to usb). The other end of that is plugged into a USB port on my PC. Not sure what else I need to do to capture the footage to my pc. Thanks you any help with this.

  • Edward Troxel

    June 21, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    For MiniDV, the best way is to go via firewire. Then you can just use the VEGAS Capture to capture it. Personally, I like Scenalyzer Live for capturing MiniDV via Firewire.

  • Dave Giardina

    June 21, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    My pc doesn’t have firewire. When I talked to Sony they said to use a/v to usb for it. I have all of those components but I’m not sure what the next step is to get the pc to recognize the camcorder so I can capture the mini-dv footage.

  • Graham Bernard

    June 22, 2022 at 3:32 am

    VegasPro only uses Firewire to capture directly DV Tapes – period. I’ve only ever captured DV Tapes through FW, and I’ve captured hundreds of hours of work for editing this way. I’ve absolutely no idea what that information you’re getting from SONY even means? If you could post a link to that source I’d like to read it.

    Until somebody corrects me, fundamentally, there’s a huge difference between FW and USB. FW deals with a continuous Streams of DATA, perfect for spinning DV TAPES. Unlike USB which only deals with discreet Packets of DATA. Sure, you can load data via USB we do this all the time. I use a USB Card reader to upload my Video work. It’s lickety-spit quick and done in a flash. But this is NOT using the VP capturing utility. You need to recognise the difference between DATA transfer – USB – and capturing – FIREWIRE.

    Thanks for the trip down “Memory Lane”. Do I miss using FW? Do I miss needing to capturing in real-time? Five hours taking five hours with the potential loss of frame and FS breakdown? No. Do I missing using the VP pre workflow logging method? Maybe. But then again, meah, no. Do I miss using Scenealyser? No.

  • Mike Kujbida

    June 22, 2022 at 11:11 am

    Dave, what’s the make and model of your AV/USB capture device?

  • Dave Giardina

    June 22, 2022 at 3:20 pm

    It’s says it’s a New series USB2.0 Video Grabber. Here is a photo of it on the left as attached to the handycam using an a/v cable.

  • Graham Bernard

    June 23, 2022 at 4:39 am

    Dave, thanks for the further information. Understandably, as you’ve posted your request on the Vegas Pro Forum, I believed you were wanting to capture using the Vegas Pro software’s Capture utility. Understood. Not having an FW Input on your PC, you can’t do it this way. What you’ve got is a “solution” that is totally separate from Vegas Pro. Understood. What you have is an Analogue Output, courtesy of your SONY Handycam, being converted to an A/V output, then using that Video Grabber to convert it to a form that a PC can be used to “capture”. This is still not into Vegas Pro. These files would be lying somewhere on your PC. So, initially, you need to understand/deal with the recognition of this “VHS to Digital Converter, Video Grabber USB Capture Card” by your PC. This is where the issue lies. Once you can have your PC communicate with this “VHS to Digital Converter, Video Grabber USB Capture Card“, then you can, hopefully, have the footage on your PC imported into Vegas Pro. Phew!!

    Open your Device Manager and see IF this “VHS to Digital Converter, Video Grabber USB Capture Card” is being recognized by your PC. If it isn’t then you’ve got a problem. If it is then there has to be some s/w that comes with your device, I can see it in the descriptions on Amazon, and follow their instructions.

    So, to understand all this:

    Your DV-Tape >> Is converted by SONY Handycam to A/V >> That A/V output is further converted to Digital DATA and on your PC, but can not be directly captured/imported into Vegas Pro. Vegas Pro would/could possibly import the files that have been deposited within a Folder on your PC.

    As I said, you initially need to have your PC recognize this “VHS to Digital Converter, Video Grabber USB Capture Card“. Here’s a test: If you unplug that USB, do you hear an Audio notification that “something” has been removed? If so then your “VHS to Digital Converter, Video Grabber USB Capture Card” is being “seen” by your PC.

    Keep us updated.

  • Dave Giardina

    June 23, 2022 at 2:04 pm

    Thanks for the info. So a major takeaway here is that I can’t use Vegas Pro for this. The capturing device I have does make a sound when I plug it in. And it did come with a small installation disc which I can’t use on my PC. But the instructions said I could download/install OBS which I did. It then says to open “applications – QuickTime Player”. Then “File – New Movie Recording”. Then select “AV TO USB2.0”. However I’m not seeing these options on QuickTime Player when I open that.

  • Graham Bernard

    June 23, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    And it did come with a small installation disc which I can’t use on my PC.


  • Dave Giardina

    June 23, 2022 at 2:45 pm

    My pc is only 2 years old and it doesn’t have a cd drive

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