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I have a Dell Desktop machine with Linux Mint. I have a Sony DCR-PC100 Camcorder. I need to import 20+ miniDV tapes. What kind of software would I use? Thank ...
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    I need to import MiniDV tapes from a 20 year old camera.


    I have a Dell Desktop machine with Linux Mint.

    I have a Sony DCR-PC100 Camcorder.

    I need to import 20+ miniDV tapes.

    What kind of software would I use?

    Thank you!

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    The support page for the PC100 here: Sony eSupport - DCR-PC100 - Support

    Reading the instruction manual (http://www.docs.sony.com/release/DCRPC100.pdf) I see it has an IEEE 1394 (iLink == firewire) DV in/out port, s-video out, and a memory stick slot. So, in order of preference:

    1. Get a firewire to usb adapter (unless your PC already has a firewire port).
    2. Get a Sony memory stick usb reader and transfer your tapes to a memory stick on the Unless the memory stick uses a proprietary format, then the simplest thing would be to get a memory stick usb reader and just copy the files.
    3. Get an s-video to usb adapter. I found this to convert RGB or s-video to usb for video capture: Amazon.com: Sabrent USB-AVCPT A/V-to-USB 2.0 Digital Video Adapter: Electronics.

    I hope this helps.
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