analogue into digital

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zootiman
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I am trying to record using a mini-camera (analogue) through the av in port on my JVC digital camcorder.I am told that I need a lead that can transfer analogue into digital so that I use the usb port on my camcorder. Can anyone tell me if there is such a lead and if so,where I could find it?

Richard Loxley
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You may get more responses if you post your question in the 'A/V Hardware' forum, as not many people read this forum.

I can't answer your question I'm afraid, as I don't use JVC cameras, but if you tell us which model camera you have other people might be able to comment.

Some digital cameras can import analogue video using the A/V socket and a suitable lead, others can't, it's depends (mainly) on how expensive it is.

It's unlikely that you'll be able to use the USB port to transfer video onto the camera. Most cameras with USB ports have low transfer rates and are designed for transfering still photos or low quality video (often stored on a memory card).

Sorry I can't be of more help, hope someone else can :)

zootiman
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quote:Originally posted by Richard Loxley:
You may get more responses if you post your question in the 'A/V Hardware' forum, as not many people read this forum.

I can't answer your question I'm afraid, as I don't use JVC cameras, but if you tell us which model camera you have other people might be able to comment.

Some digital cameras can import analogue video using the A/V socket and a suitable lead, others can't, it's depends (mainly) on how expensive it is.

It's unlikely that you'll be able to use the USB port to transfer video onto the camera. Most cameras with USB ports have low transfer rates and are designed for transfering still photos or low quality video (often stored on a memory card).

Sorry I can't be of more help, hope someone else can :)

Ok,thanks very much for your time,I will try the AV hardware forum

eloquence
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There's a few different issues here.
First is getting the analogue-digital conversion. With a number of (DV-IN-enabled) digital camcorders, you can also record from an analogue source.
That can then be transferred as normal to your PC.
Some of the digital camcorders can also act as a pass-through - converting analogue to a DV output.

In both cases the transfer from the digital camcorder would generally be via Firewire rather than USB, although there are a few (Sony?) camcorders that allow you to transfer clips via USB - Firewire is definitely preferable and universally available on MiniDV and Digital-8 camcorders.

The pass-through may or may not be available, and is likely to be more fiddly, so the simplest option is probably to record onto MiniDV using the analogue input, and then use the DV-Out/Firewire to transfer the DV file to the PC. This should give you the best option for recording via the camcorder, and will allow you to record away from the computer.

Another option to bear in mind if you are wanting to record a fair amount from the camera but only near the computer, would be getting a cheap TV-capture card - you can get USB ones (which are more expensive and unless you get ones that do hardware encoding they are lower quality also), and you can get PCI ones from about £24 which give a reasonable quality from a good input signal.