You only "capture" video from a TAPE based camera via 1394 for SD or HDV
For all else, you copy the video from the camera's memory card or hard drive
But... what is your exact brand and model camera?
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Welcome to the forum.
Do you have either an ExpressCard, or PCMCIA slot? If so, and you need an IEEE-1394a connection, there are cards, that will fit, and provide the connection for you.
As John T. asks, what is your camera, and the format of the recordings? You might only need to Copy the full folder structure from your camera's SD card, to the internal HDD, and then Import, not Capture.
Thanks John, The camera is a Canon Vixia HV40 and it is tape based. We are going to replace it with a flash memory or card based camera and I want to be sure we can use the laptop to edit. Because we mainly video short clips (less than 30 seconds) I am thinking about the Canon 7D digital SLR or the Nikon V1 mirrorless camera. I expect I could import from the cards in the se cameras, correct?
The laptop has neither of these but I do plan to replace the camera so in the furture I can import from the card of flash memory.
I am waiting to order a new laptop, and just as I was ready to go, Clevo, the big laptop MoBo mfgr. discontinued ExpressCard support. I need that for my FW-800 externals, or eSATA. They are supposed to reintroduce it in mid-May. Here is hoping.
I do not quite understand why so many laptop mfgrs. are omitting FW-400, and a connection for FW-800 and eSATA. They seem to be centering on USB 3.0, but in real-world situations, it is not panning out yet.
Might just have to live with my old Sager a bit longer.
I think you will have problems trying to edit the video from those cameras with a laptop... unless you have a laptop that is specifically designed for video editing
Some ideas for a Laptop Video Editing PC from past discussions
-NOTE only 1 hard drive in above, so you will need to add a 2nd drive or use eSata for video files
-or Google "ASUS G74SX-BBK7" (without the quote "" marks)
For effective HD video editing, a laptop with the following
-the newer Intel sandy bridge 2720 or 2820 quad processor
-and nvidia graphics preferably the 460m, 485m is a bit much
-1280x900 display with OpenGL 2.0-compatible graphics card
-and 8 or 16 gig ram and Win7 64bit Pro
-and 2 internal 7200 HDDs minimum
I don't have any links saved about Canon DSLR problems, but they would be "similar" to Nikon DSLR problems
Nikon D90 MJPEG http://forums.adobe.com/thread/901259
Nikon DSLR stutter http://forums.adobe.com/thread/889477