How to Record Video on a PC Using Firewire 1394


PCs connect to digital video devices through a standard called IEEE1394. Originally developed by Apple and called FireWire, IEEE 1394 technology quickly became a standard in the industry after it was released. The two terms, Firewire and 1394, are now used interchangeably. Recording video on a PC using this standard requires an IEEE 1394 cable. Once the cable is connected between your computer and the digital video device, transferring your footage is a snap because of the built-in plug-and-play nature of this technology.

Things You'll Need

  • PC with 1394 connection
  • Windows Movie Maker
  • DV device
  • IEEE 1394 cable
  • Set your 1394 device up next to the PC where you want to record your digital video footage; this could be a mini DV deck or DV camera. Plug the 1394 device into an AC outlet. You can also use battery power to transfer the video, if you wish; just make sure that the battery has enough power to last the length of the footage you want to transfer.

  • Connect the DVD device to your PC using the IEEE1394 cable. On the majority of PCs, the IEEE socket is located at the rear of the machine.

  • Start your 1394 capture software. PCs running Windows 7 and Vista come with a built-in capture program from Microsoft called Windows Live Movie Maker. Click "Start"-->"Windows Live"-->"Windows Live Movie Maker."

  • Click on the "My Movie" button in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. In the menu that opens, select "Import from device."

  • Select the 1394 device that you want to import the footage from, either your DV camera or deck, in the "Import Photos and Videos" window.

  • Type a name for the video you want to record in the dialog box on the "Import video" page.

  • Select one of the three options for importing your video. The first choice, "Import the entire video," imports all of the footage on the tape to your PC. The second choice, "Choose parts of the video to import," will let you select portions of the video for import. The last choice, "Burn the entire video to DVD," imports the footage and then burn it to a DVD.

  • Once you have found the footage you want to import, press "Import." Click "Stop" when finished recording. Use the VCR controls to move to another portion of the tape if you wish to keep recording.

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