Digital Video Camera connecting to play video on computer

Posted on 2006-11-22
Last Modified: 2010-04-25
ive had a canon zr85 digital video camera for quite some time. there is a jack in the front of it that says DV and im guessing u plug a cable in tehre and then to the firewire on the computer to get the video to play on the computer. can anyone help me? all i want to do is edit and save my video files that i recorded with the digital video camera. thanks!
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Download the manual here -

The DV (Digital Video) connector is only to connect to another DV device. It is not firewire. It has USB, but that is for card data transfer it seems. It has S-Video (which is typically just picture) and AV (which in this case appears to be audio only). These are what you will need to use to copy to video tape, unless you have a recorder with a DV input.

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"... It is not firewire ..." ==> WRONG !!

YES, all you need to do is plug in an appropriate cable from the DV output on the camera to a firewire port on your computer.   The PC will then recognize it as a digital video device and you can transfer the videos to the PC digitally (i.e. a perfect copy with no loss;  unlike the generation loss you would have using s-video).
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... the details are on page 91 of the manual for your camera
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You need to look at both the camera and computer end to confirm what connector types you have, but this is a typical cable for connecting a DV camcorder to a PC:
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My mistake, sorry. Yes it is firewire, and has several other names as well.

Chris B

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