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Panasonic NV-GS60

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Downloading the video from the Panasonic NV-GS60 videocamera. You can connect it either with a USB or with a FireWire cable. However, while over FireWire you get 720×576@25fps, when using USB the camera goes into “webcam mode” and you get 320×240@6fps (which is 95% lower quality)!!!

After connecting with FireWire (a.k.a. IEEE-1394), use Kino (as a frontend to dvgrab) to download the video onto your computer. Kino will control the videocamera (rewind, start, stop, etc). While downloading, the videocamera is playing back (on its display and speaker) the video, which can be annoying. Fortunately, you can close the screen and mute the speaker, without any effect on the downloaded video…

A small annoyance: normally kino gives you an error in the status bar “raw1394 kernel module not loaded or failure to read/write /dev/raw1394“. You need to manually modprobe raw1394, and to run kino as root!

The output is a collection of .dv files.

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Written by azimout

05/12/2009 at 13:00

Posted in Howto

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