Capturing DV - I cannot record audio from the camera.

allthingsmainy

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The camera is recognized and video can be captured but there is no option to choose the audio coming from the camera.

I am connected to the computer through an IEEE-1394 Firewire Cable which I not passes audio because I have tested it in other apps.

Thanks for any help!
 
Will this be your only mic source - camcorder mics are not very good. But if you want it, you'll need get out the miniature plug AV cable with the audio video RCA ends that came with the camcorder and then use like a beringer analog to digital converter usb to get your audio. Maybe better to get a nice usb mic. Not sure what you're trying to record, if just you, then your computer laptop mic is no worse. But if you are using the camera to stream like a servoce or meeting, then you wil need a different directional audio source.
 
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mark_hammo

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Hi. very similar problem. Im using a Sony camcorder and connecting it to my Mac using a composite to USB cable set up. The video records fine and the sound plays through the Mac speakers, it just doesnt record. The sound is also slightly distorted through the Mac speakers.
 
You guys are wasting your time ...the only best way to convert DV camera footage via firewire or usb is as follows :

I use linux:

1. install DVGRAB and use this to record your DV video via firewire or usb onto your hard drive in .dv format which is raw.

2. Because a 60 min sp tape the size of the recording will be between 13-15 gigabytes ....large isn't it !

3. Using the program FFMPEG convert the .dv file to the format of your choice .mp4 .mkv.....

I have managed to compress a 13.5gig .dv video to 1.5gig .mp4 and .mkv with very little loss....you just need a good cpu or even better render it through your GPU if you have a good graphics card ..I use a NVIDIA card and used it with 264_nvenc encoder I installed via ffmpeg .....you will have to learn how to use both dvgrab and ffmpeg and install the 264_nvenc encoder, it's not difficult at all
 
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You guys are wasting your time ...the only best way to convert DV camera footage via firewire or usb is as follows :

I use linux:

1. install DVGRAB and use this to record your DV video via firewire or usb onto your hard drive which will be in .dv format which is raw....just make sure that your camcoder has usb /firewire "STREAMING" set to "ON" position.

2. Because a 60 min sp tape the size of the recording will be between 13-15 gigabytes ....large isn't it !

3. Using the program FFMPEG convert the .dv file to the format of your choice .mp4 .mkv.....

I have managed to compress a 13.5gig .dv video to 1.5gig .mp4 and .mkv with very little loss....you just need a good cpu or even better render it through your GPU if you have a good graphics card ..I use a NVIDIA card and used it with 264_nvenc encoder I installed via ffmpeg .....you will have to learn how to use both dvgrab and ffmpeg and install the 264_nvenc encoder, it's not difficult at all
 
One of the major drawbacks of using Windows and it's video software is that it takes up at least 45 % or More CPU processing alone ,just for the o/s and other programs ....this leaves 55-50% for video conversion which is prone to blips and errors in the recording. ......

Linux is way more efficient and only takes up max of 10% for the o/s and other programs leaving 90-95% for video rendering ...hence the video quality will be smooth and crisp.

Just learn linux , ffmpeg and dvgrab and you will get very good video quality indeed
 
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