Why did my PC video capture stop working?

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First my firewire IEEE 1394 capture started dropping frames, and then it died all together. I mostly use Premier Pro to capture, but I do not think it is a problem with the software configuration because windows does not respond to the camera being connected at all (+ have tried different cameras so it is not a problem with a specific camera either).
I tried replacing the firewire card with a new one, and no success,  so I know the problem is not a faulty unit, + on device manager it says the hardware is connected and working properly. The problem is simply that when I connect a camera nothing happens.

Was just wondering if anyone else has experienced similar problems, I know some video codecs can cause conflicts with this device, but I have so many different codecs installed that I would not know where to begin in an attempt to remove them all, is there any particular codec or software I should look out for? 

Has anyone ever experienced a problem such as this?

+ any ideas or suggestions would be welcome.

Drew Burgess's picture
Why did my PC video capture stop working?

First my firewire IEEE 1394 capture started dropping frames, and then it died all together. I mostly use Premier Pro to capture, but I do not think it is a problem with the software configuration because windows does not respond to the camera being connected at all (+ have tried different cameras so it is not a problem with a specific camera either).
I tried replacing the firewire card with a new one, and no success,  so I know the problem is not a faulty unit, + on device manager it says the hardware is connected and working properly. The problem is simply that when I connect a camera nothing happens.

Was just wondering if anyone else has experienced similar problems, I know some video codecs can cause conflicts with this device, but I have so many different codecs installed that I would not know where to begin in an attempt to remove them all, is there any particular codec or software I should look out for? 

Has anyone ever experienced a problem such as this?

+ any ideas or suggestions would be welcome.

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Why did my PC video capture stop working?

Does it work with movie maker?

Believe or not it can be the cable it self. I've had problems with cable on a mac for a soundcard and hard drive. It turned out to be the cable. So I would investigate that. After all if windows isn't picking it up and recognising the camera.

I use Premiere 6 and sometimes once in a blue moon it forgets my camera but a restart of the software or reboot the comp does the trick.
But as you say you had dropped frames and then it dies I would check the cable as they're not indestructable.

In XP if you have system restore turned on you can roll back to a date when the computer was working alright. But this only works if you have had this function turned on in the first place.

On a related related topic
It seems firewire is not 100% safley hot swappable if the devices are turned on even though it should be. So have you checked your camera on another machine?

Drew Burgess's picture
Why did my PC video capture stop working?

Thanks for you advice, unfortunately I can not roll back windows I do not have this function enabled.
+ I have about 5 years of unbacked up work on my system (which is mad I know) but it makes me very nervous about making drastic changes inside windows configuration and very scared about letting a techy lose on my computer until I get another hard disk to back up my stuff.
The firewire cable is working as I tested it on my mac and that works, but the mac is old and slow so I can not work on that.

Anyway thanks for your suggestions, any other ideas would be welcome.

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