I have a Canon ZR 930 DV Camcorder that I purchased near two years ago but hardly ever used because I lost the charger. My daughter's birthday party was this weekend so I ordered a new charger in time to video tape the party
Anyway, when I purchased this camcorder, I retired my older "Sharp VL-H860 Viewcam" because I wanted a digital camcorder. This older model was not simple enough to transfer analog to digital without additional hardware. But its still agreat camera.
I also researched and decided to stay with "mini DV" tapes instead of models that have a hard drive or write to DVD's. The quality is supposedly somewhat better becasue the data is not compressed and costs less. Since its digital, I assumed I could copy the tape to my hard drive, then use editing software and save it to DVD.
"HERE'S MY ISSUE"
I read the manual and found I needed an "IEEE 1394 4-pin to 4pin' firewire cable.
I attached the cable to the camera DV port and the other to my Dell laptop's 1394 port. I turned on the camcorder and set the option to "Play" mode. At this point, I expected the laptop (running Windows 7) to pick up the device such as a USB cable would. I verified that "Device manager" sees the 1394 port. I went to another Dell laptop running XP Pro and it did not see the device either.
I dont believe this brand new cable is bad.
Am I missing somthing?
Should the Windows O/S (XP and Windows 7) see the device attached to the cable?
Do I need special "Video Capturing" software in order to see the camera and its A/V data?
I am an "IT" guy but I dont work with mult-media hardware and software. So I'm a little new to this
Any help would be appreciated