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Recommend a camcorder

Q: Recommend a camcorder

A friend wants a camcorder for casual use. "Don't break the bank", he said. I'd guess that the $300.00 range would be OK.
He's a professional photographer, but new to video.
He's got a Dell with Vista, I don't have the specs handy, but it's a couple of years old and probably has 2 GB RAM.
Would more RAM be a good idea?
What software do you recommend.
I assume I'll need to add a firewire card?
I can get more info if needed.Thanks.
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I'm wondering can anyone recommend a decent crossover camcorder, I need something that is very good for general filming of family/ friends and also for taking to use snowboarding, I'd be looking for one that doesn't exaggerate wobble, and is HD, I would be planning on doing some editing on my PC too. My limit would be up to £250, all suggestions would be very welcome!


A:Can you recommend camcorder for about £250?

Here are some reviews of them from my fav gadget tv prog
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I brought my self a Panasonic HC-V750 Camcorder and my computer with now notice the camera with software and connection cable that came with it. I brought a card reader and used that to download the photos to my computer and it goes into the editing software that came with it. But when I played it, it played upside down and I can not find any way to rotate it. I copied it on to my computers Desktop that would not play using anything on my computer or upload to YouTube. My computer is a HP using Windows 7.


If you are talking about your pictures being upside down, you can just right click on the picture that is upside down and select either to rotate the picture clockwise or counter clockwise.
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I am new to the photography forum so go

I am in the market for a camcorder budget £300-£400, could somebody explain the pros and cons of these machines. I had a look around, there was hi8 and others can you recommend the best and what to avoid.



You definately want to consider a straight DV camera---hi8 is kind of a dead format. Look at the Canons, Panasonics and Sonys----If you really want your questioned answered go to and check out the camera forum. I shoot with a 3chip Sony (Pd-150) which is beyond your budget but I do know there are some nice one chip cameras that will do just fine.
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how do i get my camcorder films to my pc (win 98, nero 6) so i can put them on cd/dvd? thanks in advance!

I have just found the proper site with Mulder, thanks all,

A:camcorder to pc to cd?

alliyo said:

how do i get my camcorder films to my pc (win 98, nero 6) so i can put them on cd/dvd? thanks in advance!

I have just found the proper site with Mulder, thanks all,Click to expand...

You need to buy a firewire card and IEEE 1394 cable in order to capture your film from your camcorder to computer. Video editing software is required.
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Sorry if this is the wrong place to post this...but it seemed the best to me.

I have a SONY trv 108 camcorder, and it's pretty standard. It has an S-Video out, which I'm sure is the only plug on it that can help me here.

I want to know how to get the videos from it to my pc, probably using an s video cable. What kind of converter/adapter am I going to need ?

A:Camcorder to pc ?

Hi Jimbo just talk to a friend the does video editing and what you need is first a program that you capture with, windows movie maker with work but you would better off get one like pinnacle studio 9 then you will need a fire wire cable to download it to you computer this is know as a IEEE-1934 port if your computer does not have one you can buy a card for it hope this helps
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I have a DV camcorder and I need to put the film on Pc. I need to know program I can use to do such a thing. I have a panasonic camcorder.

Please this will help me big time... I want to make a dvd from my home videos.

kind Regards


A:DV Camcorder To Pc

Windows Moviemaker. will allow you to caputre it---I assume your camcorder has a firewire port of a usb port or both--Use the firewire port if you have one, if not USB will be okay----go from your camera's firewire port to your computers firewire port (you need a cable). Turn the camera on. Open up Windows Moviemaker and find the capture command.

If you want to make a dvd from your captured video, you will need a program that can compress it to mpeg--------there are a ton of them out there.
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First of all, editing video from the same drive that the application sits on is always a problem. The best way to do it is to have the application sit on drive C and have a dedicated drive that just holds your video clips.

How much space do you have left on drive C and have you recently defragmented it? If not, do so and see if you can get it up to speed.
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I have a mini dvd from my camcorder and i would like to know how to transfer this to a normal size dvd.

A:Camcorder Dvd

The easiest way without using software is to buy a standalone DVD recorder which has a firewire (IEEE 1394) input connector to accept the lead from your miniDV camcorder. If you're in the UK, the larger Tesco stores have one made by Liteon costing ?75 which I've just bought. Set your camcorder running on playback, pause it, set up your DVD recorder to the correct speed for the length of footage you wish to record, start recording and press 'play' on the camera.

To do it on a computer you'll need some video-editing software which can also create a DVD-video. Top dog at the moment seems to be 'Cyberlink PowerDirector' about ?50 (UK Pounds). You'll obviously need a DVD-writer in your PC as well, of course.
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A:dv camcorder to pc

What kind of cable do you use to transfer your video onto your PC. If you use the standard cable that came with the camcorder then the quality won't be as good. If you use a firewire cable then the quality should be improoved.
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ok what brand is better and less trouble what would you get?
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I have a "Goldstar" comcorder.
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I've tried several other programs such as AVS, Gearvideo,Photosuite 7 etc. and the same results."Soon as I hit the capture button the puter freezes.
Any ideas how to get my VHS tapes from camcorder to computer?
What could be my problems and how can I overcome whatever they are?

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We recently backed up our camcorder tapes to the an external HD on our PC using Firewire.

We now need to copy back to the tape via the camcorder from the PC.
The Camcordr says it has DV In/Out but I can't seem to get the PC to output the file.

Reason for all this is that we've bought a DVD Recordr for the TV and it does a good job of making DVD's from the Camcorder quickly. Unfortunately one of the tapes got damaged but we've got the footage on our HD. Trouble is we can't get it to the DVD recorder unless we can get the footage back onto the camcorder.

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Sorry for my bad english.


Hello Rickza,

See this thread.

and this.

Windows 7 not recognizing my JVC camcorder

Do you use firewire to connect or usb?
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Instead of using the Sony software, try importing it through Windows Movie Maker.

Plug your camcorder in, and if the Sony software loads, close it. Open Windows Movie Maker (it's in the Start menu, All Programs) and try a File -> Import, and see if Movie Maker can detect the camcorder. If it can, and if you can import the videos that way, then something is wrong with the Sony software (try reinstalling it?). If it cannot detect the camcorder, then maybe you have to enable a setting on the camcorder to get it to communicate with the computer, or maybe something is wrong with the cable (doubtful).
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The cable you're speaking of connects to your camera and to a 9 pin COM port on your computer which will transfer data that is on tape. The method you want to use, your pc will have to have a IEEE 1394 (Firewire) port and have Windows XP or 2000 installed, I maybe wrong.
Take a look here scroll down to the 17th box and you'll see what I mean.
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Many Thanks


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Go to your favorite electronics department store (Best Buy, Circuit City, Office Max, etc. in USA) and be amazed (like I am) at the small size of camcorders these days.

Your major selection will be between cameras with tape, DVD, or internal hard drive storage. I think tape will be the smallest. I prefer tape myself. I'm ruling out the smallest cameras that only record on memory cards because they have the least recording time.

If it were my camera, I'd want (1) image stabilization, (2) autofocus, (3) LCD display, (4) optical viewfinder, (5) good low light capabilty (6) small size. Decent camera that meet my needs are only a couple hundred bucks in the US, so it's not a tragedy if I don't buy the best one. It's hard to go wrong with Canon, Sony, JVC....

Don't forget a spare battery, appropriate PC cables, and video edit software for your PC, assuming your PC can handle the software.
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Hi carter48.

Does this device show up in the Device Manager?

1) Go to the Start Menu > Control Panel
2) Open up Device Manager
3) Take a look for your Camcorder

If it is not installed correctly, you will see a yellow exclamation point, and we will go from there.

Let me know how it goes!

Also, in your next post can you please provide some further information about your setup? I see you have "Vista Home 32bit" is this Home Premium or Home Basic? Also, what is the brand/model of your camcorder. Are you able to successfully connect other firewire devices with that port?

Thank you! Let's work together to fix this.
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Other than borrowing the same model camera as was stolen, I know of no other way.
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A:Camcorder with more control

I have This Remote on the Tripod handle for my Sony Camcorder ...
Fingertip Start - Stop and Zoom without touching the camera is very handy.
Is something like this what you're asking about ??
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What kind of Camera is it, and what kind of outputs does it have? Are they just typical RCA cables? If your video card was the Radeon 9800 all in wonder, that would have inputs you could use. If not, then you may need a separate video capture card.
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I connect my Sony Camcorder to my PC via USB (cable was supplied) .... or my PC can also read the memory card.
What is your operating system ???
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If you are in the UK, make sure the camera is set to record in PAL and not NTSC.
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A:Camcorder to computer

These are the dvd files. Why are you transfering them to your PC??
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I like my Sony DCR-SX63.
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A:windows not seeing my camcorder

Does windoze recognize your firewire card and is it set up correctly? Set it up per the directions that came with the card and the camera should pop up as being added as soon as you connect it.
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A:Use camcorder as webcam

check into getting a Video Capture Card. I am not sure about using as a webcam but I think if you use NetMeeting and things of that nature it will let you use the video capture card driver as the video input, therefore allowing your camera to be used as a webcam.

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Have you tried another USB cable?

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Quote: Originally Posted by Capt Alan

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If you bought it recently then take it back because it appears as if you have a beat camera.
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