On Wed, 25 Apr 2007 07:36:04 -0700, Shack69
For what it's worth, issues controlling the camera and having it
perform correctly is fairly common... even with professional grade
software. In order to "capture" a video stream from ANY digital camera
and do so WITHOUT dropping frames or having the audio get out of sync
most devices must have a 100% compliant firewire interface. The sad
reality is many computers and some cameras do not work well together.
This is one of those why the heck don't they kind of questions. I've
seen the same kind of issue in many video forums get raised, so it
isn't limited to Movie Maker. Often the real issue isn't the camera's
fault, but the interface on the computer end.
I can't say for sure this is your problem, but the interface is often
the source of all kinds of weird issues.
For example I had a varation of this problem myself with a Canon
camera. The computer I was using had a build-in IEEE connector right
on the motherboard, so you would think that would be 100% compliant
and fully up to specs. It wasn't. I spend hours on the phone talking
to so-called "tech support" and we all know the typical run around and
lame information you typically get from that source unless you happen
to get lucky and finally get connected to sombody that actually knows
what they're talking about.
No matter what I did the interface only worked one way. It has been
years, so I forget which, but either the import or export didn't work
with it dropping frames like crazy making it useless but it worked
fine going the other way.
ONLY after I disabled the onboard IEEE (firewire) connector on the
motherboard and replaced with what I KNEW for sure was a good and
totally compliant firewire card that was 100% up to specs did the
problem go away. Such cards are typically cheap and in the $20-40
range. I've upgraded to a new computer, so I don't use that card
anymore and don't have it handy, probably discontinued by now anyway.
One known good maker of such cards is SIIG, that makes all kinds of
external boards for USB, Firewire, etc..
Don't recall if this is the exact model I had, but it looks very
similar. The key thing to look for is compliance with IEEE 1394-1995,
1394a-2000 and OHCI 1.1 standards. This card meets all of them.
>"Chris M" wrote:
>> I also have the same issue only with an IEEE connection. I've gone so far as
>> to try 3 different video capture programs (including Adobe Premier) and none
>> of them will capture from my Sony DV. What is interesting is that I can
>> control the device (play/FF/rewind) but cannot import the video. In Movie
>> Maker I can semi-capture in the spacehog AVI format, but it then is an
>> unreadable file in any software (I learned this after a 1 hour capture). The
>> other offered formats rewind the tape and then I get an error called "N/A"
>> which I had not seen before. The device shows in control panel under system
>> devices, but not in Explorer. I've replaced the 4-pin to 4-pin cable thinking
>> that was the issue. I am now at wit's end.... I hope a solution comes out
>> which is why I am adding to this thread. Wish I could have offered the answer.
>> "Dana Cline - MVP" wrote:
>> > As far as I know, MovieMaker doesn't work with USB cameras, only IEEE 1394
>> > (FireWire) or composite video.
>> > Dana Cline - MCE MVP
>> > "Howard" <Howard@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> > news:0A01481D-B164-40E5-A6D7-D518AC9E71F7@microsoft.com...
>> > >I plugged in my Sony Digital Video Camera through the USB port and Movie
>> > > Maker refuses to acknokledge the hook up is there.
>> > >
>> > > I followed the suggestions listed in the Help section, turning my camera
>> > > on
>> > > and making sure it is in play mode etc.
>> > >
>> > > Can anyone help?
>> > I have the same problem as Chris but I'm using a JVC camera, again I can control the video but can not import it.