[lug] USB video capture.

Mike Stanczyk stanczyk at pcisys.net
Tue Jul 21 23:01:49 MDT 2009

On Tue, 21 Jul 2009, David L. Anselmi wrote:

> Anyone know offhand how to copy video from a camcorder (tape) to disk
> over USB?

Umm.  I've never seen it in a DV camcorder.  Every DV camcorder I've ever
seen only lets you pull pictures via USB.  You have to use Firewire to get

> The camcorder is a Panasonic PV-GS35 (USB ID 04da:231a).  It seems to be
> well supported by UVC.
> Kino seemed like a good answer but maybe it only does firewire and I
> only have USB cable.

Kino is dead easy for DV via Firewire capture.  But the transfer is realtime
as far as I've figured out.  A 1 hour tape takes 1 hour to transfer.  And
1 hour of raw DV video is 13gig or so.

Do you have a firewire port available at all?  I had to get a pcmcia card
for my laptop.

> VLC may do capture but I don't know how to set it up.
> I don't care at this point about file formats or anything fancy, just
> want to get the video off the tape.
> I'd do more research but I'm likely not to be able to install what I
> need after tomorrow so a short howto would be appreciated.  And I
> thought there were links in the archive to articles about this but I
> couldn't find them.

What kind of deadlines do you have?  I'd be happy to show up somewhere
and help you if you're really under the gun.


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