I have been trying now for 2 weeks to capture video from a digital camcorder I just bought (Sharp VL-WD450U). I am using an ATI Radeon 8500DV All-in-Wonder on a motherboard MSI K7T266 Pro 2.0 (MSI-6380), with an AMD Athlon XP 1900+. I connect the camcorder with a Firewire cable. Whenever I try to record a video from the camcorder, the software (ANY software I use) will see the camcorder, will actually start playing the tape and even pause it when the capture fails. The problem is that the capture fails all the time, I NEVER see anything on video. The interesting thing is that when I use the software that came in bundle with the videocard, Ulead Video Studio 5.0, while trying to use the format of the video on the camcorder as the template, I can see the first frame of the clip, but that's it, never a movie, just a still image. I thought it was my motherboard being defective, but I tried another motherboard, the same model, and I get the same results. At this point I am wondering if there is an incompatibility problem between motherboard and videocard, as I noticed that when I check the properties of the Display Adpater in the device manager of Windows 2000, the bus type is listed as "AGP 1x,2x". Both motherboard and videocard should support AGP 4x, which is enabled in the BIOS. When I try to capture the video with Adobe Premiere 5, the error I receive says that the device I want to capture from is either off (and I am not THAT stupid) or has a conflict with another device. When checking the properties of the camcorder, however, it all appears to be fine, no conflict is listed (and all the IRQ's are assigned by the BIOS automatically). Anyone has any idea? I believe the problem is between mobo and videocard, and I was actually thinking of switching to an Asus or to an Abit motherboard. I am not sure that the videocard is actually working like it should though...
CPU: AMD Athlon XP 1900+ @1.667Ghz
MoBo: MSI K7T266 Pro 2.0 (MSI-6380)
RAM: 512Mb DDR2100
Video Card: ATI Radeon 8500DV All-in-Wonder
Drives: 3 x 40Gb HDD, 1 CD-RW, 1 DVD-R