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post #1 of 4 Old 11-04-2012, 02:21 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi
I am trying to transfer 8mm digital tapes taken by my Sony Digital Handycam (DCR-TRV725E) which is about 11 years old onto my Panasonic (DMR-EH57) DVD Recorder by using their DV connections. This is via a FireWire IEEE1394 4 Pin to 4 Pin Cable which I have purchased new on eBay.
However when I have the camcorder playing and set the DVD recorder to record (in DV mode) a message of {Cannot detect proper DV signal} is displayed when pressed DV auto record. I have tried all the different combination of settings on both units with no luck.

I had originally transferred all the tapes between these 2 units using S video and red and white audio cables. However I have been told that transferring the digital tapes by a DV (i link) cable would give better results but as I have said when I connect the 2 units together following all the instructions neither acknowledges the other.
I would appreciate any comments you may have.
1- Are these 2 units just not combatable and I am only hitting my head against a brick wall
2- Do you think there is any notable difference in the picture quality between S video and DV cable?
I hope someone can take a couple of minutes of their time to give their thoughs, since after spending hours trying to get them to work I am at a stand still.
Thanks a lot
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Five basic things to try or make sure of:

 

1. Remove DV cable from the DVDR.

2. Turn both units OFF, then ON.

3. Make sure the camera is in video mode (not camera mode).

4. Make sure the DVDR's DV input is selected (Magnavox DV input is "L3" Sony's may be diff.)

5. When both units are "ready," connect the DV camera cable to the DVDR.

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Hi Wajo
Thanks for your reply. I have done what you suggested but it is still not working so I am going to try a different cable which I have seen advertised on ebay.
Cheers.
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Don't purchase your cables on ebay. Try getting one from a reputed seller. This could very well be the source of your problem. I never mess around with the quality of my cabling when it comes to transfers and have learned in the past what "cheap" cabling really means and it isn't good.
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