Panasonic Camcorder Problems

novice2005

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Hi, I have aquired a Panasonic NV-GS75 Camcorder. I was told it was Mac compatible but the software supplied is for PC only. There does not appear to be a firewire port on the camera and my Powerbook did not recognise the USB 2 connection. Is this camera compatible with Mac? If so, what do I need?

Can anyone help?
 

Mydriasis

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I am sure that the GS75 has a firewire output, I only have the GS250 but I know for sure that the GS65 has a firewire output. Panasonic calls it mini DV or just DV output...it does not look like the normal firewire port on your mac...its more like a square U shape. Check under the display. If you have iMovie, FCE or FCP you can controll the camcorder from your mac (in the VCR or VTR mode). You can even use the camera as a web cam through iChat (in the normal recording mode, you dont have to press record though). Or try the mirror widget.

The software supplied by Pana does not work a mac... but you wont need it. Even iMovie is better.

Have Fun
 

novice2005

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Panasonic Camcorder Problems

Thanks, that's a great help. I was confused because a firewire cable was not supplied with the camera and I'm new to all this. Should my Mac recognise firewire when connected? Is it then easy to upload films onto iMovie?

Much obliged
 

LethalWolfe

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novice2005 said:
Thanks, that's a great help. I was confused because a firewire cable was not supplied with the camera and I'm new to all this. Should my Mac recognise firewire when connected? Is it then easy to upload films onto iMovie?

Much obliged
Yes, if iMovie is open and you connect a camera via firewire iMovie should "see" the camera and you can start digitizing the footage. You'll need a 4-to-6 pin firewire cable (it's big on one end and little on the other).


Lethal
 

roadapple

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LethalWolfe said:
You'll need a 4-to-6 pin firewire cable (it's big on one end and little on the other).
If you need to buy a cable, check out ebay. I just bought one for my new sony for about $10 shipped. Looked in stores and firewire cables can go for $25-$40 :eek:
 

wiseguy27

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I got some pretty good Belkin PureAV 4-6 pin cables for around $17 from buy.com (and from some other stores as well). I thought, "why skimp on the cable after spending a lot on the camcorder?" :D
 

MacFan25863

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wiseguy27 said:
I got some pretty good Belkin PureAV 4-6 pin cables for around $17 from buy.com (and from some other stores as well). I thought, "why skimp on the cable after spending a lot on the camcorder?" :D

Cable quality shouldn't matter on a digital connection...you should get the same picture quality from a $17 dollar cable as a $75 cable...unless the cable itself is defective (bad connector, etc)..right?
 

Le Big Mac

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LethalWolfe said:
Yes, if iMovie is open and you connect a camera via firewire iMovie should "see" the camera and you can start digitizing the footage. You'll need a 4-to-6 pin firewire cable (it's big on one end and little on the other).


Lethal
looks like this was answered, but year, this should solve your problem. Forget included software. It will work fine with imovie.
 

wiseguy27

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MacFan25863 said:
Cable quality shouldn't matter on a digital connection...you should get the same picture quality from a $17 dollar cable as a $75 cable...unless the cable itself is defective (bad connector, etc)..right?
I guess it also depends on the quality of shielding (and the amount of interference it can prevent) - there is a limit to error correction.