Canon HV20 Transfer via FW or USB??

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  1. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

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    Does the Canon HV20 utilize FW or USB to transfer from the camera??

    Thanks
     
  2. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

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    a simple google search gives you the answer

    basically, it uses FW to transfer the video (IEEE1324).. and USB to transfer still images...
    just like most sony mini-dv cams
     
  3. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    ALL miniDV camcorders use Firewire to transfer DV video.

    NO miniDV camcorders use USB to transfer DV video. Not one.

    Many miniDV camcorders have USB ports, and these are for transferring still images.

    Many camcorders can also use USB to stream video, whether live or from tape playback, but these are at a lower resolution like 320x240 or 640x480, and they stream in some format other than DV. Basically the camcorder is acting as a webcam. You CAN capture video for editing this way, but you will not be getting the full quality of the DV format - it will be lower resolution, possibly have jerky or skipped frames, no timecode data, and no software deck control.
     
  4. highjumppudding macrumors 6502

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    Firewire. USB to transfer photos and video if you shoot on the SD card option (crap quality)
     
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  6. Fast Shadow macrumors 6502a

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    What are you capturing with? If you're using an Aluminum Macbook you're out of luck. Otherwise you can use Firewire. If you're using a Mac Pro then you could also add an HDMI capture card like an Intensity Pro, as I believe the HV20 has HDMI out. This is how I capture video from my HV30.
     
  7. iMeanIt macrumors member

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    Hv20

    No - the HV20 does not have an HDMI output. 'Still, a great camera for the price!
     
  8. FrankieTDouglas macrumors 65816

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    Didn't you get the memo that your camera suddenly doesn't need the firewire now, via Steve and the Macbook release? (/sarcasm)
     
  9. Gymnut macrumors 68000

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    No- the HV20/30 does have HDMI Out. It allows owners to bypass the HDV codec.
     

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  10. chilipie macrumors 6502a

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    Would that be any use for the OP at the moment though? I thought the HDMI output was only any use for capturing straight to a computer and not for transferring footage captured on tape? Dunno, might be wrong :)
     
  11. iMeanIt macrumors member

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    Hv20 Hdmi

    Hmmm - I think you're right! It's my HV10 that doesn't have one.
     
  12. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    I don't have an HV20 but I don't see any reason why such an output wouldn't let you playback from tape. Isn't that the whole point, to be able to play back taped footage to your HDTV?

    Whether this is of value to the OP also depends on whether they want to purchase a capture card such as the Intensity Pro (which seems to be $330 at B&H).
     
  13. chilipie macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry, should have made myself clearer; there is no point using the HDMI port for capturing from tape (as the OP wanted to do), because the footage will be of the same quality as if he imported over Firewire. However, I think if he had a capture card he could capture raw, uncompressed HD through the HDMI port.
     

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