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I have a mini DV Panasonic camcorder would like to convert all the tapes into digital files saved inot my pc.

There is a software comes with my camcorder but I found it automatically stops itself when it encountered the tape is splitted.

Any software you can recommend the capturing will continue even there is a pause in my tape?

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Any software you can recommend the capturing will continue even there is a pause in my tape?

There's a freeware utility called "WinDV" that will transfer an entire tape to your hard drive as one file.

You can download it from: http://windv.mourek.cz/

There aren't many options to select from, but the 1 option you should look at it is: "Max AVI size (frames)"

Set it to a very large number like: 300000 and then even a tape recorded in LP mode (90 minutes DV) will still be 1 file.

Note: DV video is 13 gigabytes per hour.
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There's a freeware utility called "WinDV" that will transfer an entire tape to your hard drive as one file.

You can download it from: http://windv.mourek.cz/

There aren't many options to select from, but the 1 option you should look at it is: "Max AVI size (frames)"

Set it to a very large number like: 300000 and then even a tape recorded in LP mode (90 minutes DV) will still be 1 file.

Note: DV video is 13 gigabytes per hour.

Is there any differences in quality if I use USB instead of firewire?
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USB transfer is lower quality. Much lower quality in fact.

If you use a Firewire connection then you will get an exact copy of what's on the tape (in terms of video quality).
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USB transfer is lower quality. Much lower quality in fact.

If you use a Firewire connection then you will get an exact copy of what's on the tape (in terms of video quality).

I noticed there is a cable:
USB 2.0 to 4-Pin Firewire Cable.

Can I connect my mini DV's Firewire Port to my PC's USB port do the job instead of Firewire (mini DV Firewire Port) to Firewire (PC Firewire PCI card port)?
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I noticed there is a cable:
USB 2.0 to 4-Pin Firewire Cable.

Can I connect my mini DV's Firewire Port to my PC's USB port do the job instead of Firewire (mini DV Firewire Port) to Firewire (PC Firewire PCI card port)?
It might work (I've never used one and I've never heard of anybody using such a cable) but the quality won't be as good as going Firewire --> Firewire. And good luck trying to find an application that will support it.

Stick with Firewire all the way. It will save you time and effort in the long run.
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Use FireWire. This way you will get the exact copy from tape on disk. It provides the best possible quality. Do not use USB, even if the camera is capable of playing video back through USB.
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How do I know what pins my mini DV camcorder Firewire port is?
Is it usually 4 pin?

My motherboard has a Firewire connector but it did not come with back panel bracket. So I cannot make use of it, does the 1394 PCI card do the same job?
Is the 1394 PCI card has 6 pin port?

So I need to buy a 1394 PCI card and 4 pin to 6 pin Firewire cable?
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How do I know what pins my mini DV camcorder Firewire port is? Is it usually 4 pin?

Yes. MiniDV camcorders are 4 pin.

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My motherboard has a Firewire connector but it did not come with back panel bracket. So I cannot make use of it, does the 1394 PCI card do the same job?
Is the 1394 PCI card has 6 pin port?

Some PCI cards have a 4 pin port and some have a 6 pin port. Some have both.

I had a quick look on Amazon and found this PCI card that has both types of ports.
http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-P...5852019&sr=1-5
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