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WinDV is a small and easy to use Windows application for capturing videos from DV device (camcorder) into AVI-files and for recording AVI-files into DV device via FireWire (IEEE 1394) interface.

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Version:1.2.3 History
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Size:40kB

Portable version



8.9/10
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  Latest version:
1.2.3 (May 29, 2003)


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Supported operating systems:
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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
1.2.3 - 2003-05-29 - minor bugfixes and changes
Windows XP look support (on XP systems only).
Bugfix in AVI type-1/2 autodetection.
Little bug causing crash when trying to move the window from one monitor to another on dualhead desktops fixed.

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I had read that this PC app no longer worked so I had not even attempted to use it. I recently purchased: Intel Core i7 3.5G; 8GB mem; Raid 5; Windows Pro 7 64bit and when I attempted to use Premiere to capture from an old Sony DCR-TRV340 of mine (as I had done many times before using my previous system now aged 7 years), all of a sudden with this new system there were many problems that I never had experienced with my previous system. There were many dropped frames and many tapes out of lip sync, primarily toward the end. In many cases viewing with VNC Player would even say the captured footage from Premiere was missing its index. Other video players would not play the AVI captured from Premiere CS5 either.

In frustration I also dried Exsate DV Capture Live and it would always go bananas about 5-30 minutes into an hour long tape, telling me I needed to download the premium version, plus sending a rewind control arbitrarily to the camera. Simply impossible to use unattended.

I did not try WinDV because many reported it didn't work. In frustration that after so many expensive equipment upgrades over the years and I still couldn't get a descent digitized copy of my vintage (sigh) 2000 home video recordings

As a last ditch effort, I thought I would try WinDV. I simply unzipped WinDV and ran the EXE file and up popped a screen. I found I had to to control my Sony DCR-TRV340 manually (I use the remote) and it works fine; just press the capture key and use the camera control to start the tape. The camera runs to the end of the tape and WinDV automatically captures each contiguous frame sequence to a file with a format of the video day the video was recorded. In fact not having camera control within WinDV is great when compared to Exsate craziness. It's also great that if there are big gaps in the tape footage, WinDV automatically stops and starts the capture software process as the scenes are displayed. The one seen ends, the file is closed out for each clip.

I am happy now - WinDV captures all my home movies to AVI(DVCPRO) files in DV & PCM, plus it names the file the date of the cut. So it's not exactly dead yet.



Posted June 07, 2014 by . Tool version 0.77beta using OS Windows 7 64-bit
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Worked well with my JVC DV-AVI camcorder, but the audio sampling rate was 32KHz. Windows Movie Maker 6 captured at 48 KHz. But that refused to play nice with my Win7x64 (though it worked on my old PC with the same OS). So i tried Enosoft and after a bit of reading of the pretty good help file, i've decided to stick with that.

If WinDV didn't 'downsample' (or whatever it's called), i'd have bumped up the scores a bit - got to love a tiny portable like this. But the audio issue is a big one i think.



Posted March 17, 2013 by . Tool version 1.2.3 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
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It doesn't work whatsoever - WinDV doesn't recognize my Canopus ADVC300 at all. I'm using Vista Ultimate 64.


Posted December 24, 2010 by . Tool version 1.2.3 using OS Vista 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10


Simple to use, works great, as close to plug-n-play as anything Windows gets.


Posted October 13, 2007 by . Tool version 1.2.3 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


To the guy who left the previous comment, were you basing your observation on the WinDV window that gives a preview of what you're recording? Admittedly everything looks like crap through the WinDV preview window.

But when I open the finished recording in VirtualDub for editing, the picture quality is fine and dandy. Little if any difference from the original source. This is with the DVsoft codec.



Posted August 13, 2007 by . Tool version 1.2.3 using OS WinXP
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Free, easy to use and does exactly what it was intended to do; transfer digital video data from a device to your hard drive. I have been using WinDV for many years without a hitch.

Unfortunately the poster below does not have clue in regards to why his/her video quality seems degraded. One thing is for sure and that is that WinDV has absolutely nothing to do with his/her percieved PQ loss and he/she is not the only person concerned with PQ.



Posted August 13, 2007 by . Tool version 1.2.3 using OS WinXP
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Am i the only one who cares about Video quality? I cant seem to find a program that gives me the same quality as when i use the RCA cable and plug my camera into the TV, when i do that it's crystal clear! No matter what i seem to do when i get it from the camera to the computer it's not even close to good quality. i have tried alot of good programs. "ulead video studio" Nero 7 ultra" even windows movie maker! why cant i get clear video. i dont care about size! i bought a Capture card with RCA input but havent recived it yet. hopefully i can get it through that. I am currently using Firewire IEEE1934 with no luck!


Posted August 13, 2007 by . Tool version 1.2.3.0 using OS WinXP
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Just captured 1:26 minutes from a D8 video cam (DCR-TRV140). Running Vista Ultimate x64 in Spanis. CPU Pentium D 920, Mobo with Via PT880Pro chipset. The firewire card is an Adapated (TI chipset).


Posted June 09, 2007 by . Tool version 1.2.3 using OS Vista
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I've been using WinDV for a long time, but I recently switched to Vista x64 and it no longer works. Other capture programs work fine.


Posted June 09, 2007 by . Tool version 1.2.3 using OS Vista
Ease of use 1 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10


WinDV is the most elegant and effective tool that I have come across for capturing the video from the MiniDV tape in my handycam to my laptop hard disk drive. Editing is simply another matter, any video editor can be used to edit the video and produce a DVD.

After a lot of searching I am very impressed with the simplicity of the form and function and how much has been acheieved with no jazz at all. very impressed! Many thanks to Petr Mourek, and others who have contributed in this forum.
I have been looking for a tool like this for a while.... and after paying Sony for a piece of crap called picture package, I was thinking of going for either Pinnacle Studio 11 or the Ulead Videostudio 11, but after my experience with Picture package, i started researching reviews on both the products before i made up my mind. I went thru countless forums of distressed newbie handycam owners who were clueless about transferring the video on tape to a PC/DVD and found some not so good reviews about the Pinnacle Studio 11, Ulead Videostudio 11 and Sony Vegas and thats when i landed in this forum and the WinDV was like a godsend.
I am running a 32 bit Vista premium and WinDV runs on it like a dream. There are no frames dropped and it delivers all the promises. It is noteworthy that WinDV was last updated in May-2005 and it still runs on todays Vista OS.... a truly versatile tool..
Way to go Petr Mourek... Many thanks.... I think Sony should learn something from this and incorporate this learing in providing better software to capture the videos from the handycams which use DV tapes
The link posted by sikki_nixx was also very useful



Posted June 07, 2007 by . Tool version 1.2.3 using OS Other
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This fantastic little tool keeps working under Vista x64.


Posted March 04, 2007 by . Tool version 1.2.3 using OS Vista
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Well, what I can say. Perfect for my needs. And the best - it's free!!

Before I was using Pinnacle Studio 10 for capturing but video longer than 60minutes always got out-of-sync at the end. It has never happened with winDV.

As long as you have some experience in editing videos and capturing dv it's VERY easy to use. If you're new to all this I suppose you can get confused, and the documentation is really weak. That's why I only gave it 8/10 in ease of use. But hey, it's freeware!!

Don't miss the command line features, i'm attaching a link where it's all explained.



Posted February 27, 2007 by . Tool version 1.2.3 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10
Guides: http://www.photography-forums.com/showpost.php?p=362976&postcount=10


This program is ELEGANT. It does what it says, does it well, and without all the bloatware, audio sync problems or lost frames from other programs.

I capture video through my digital camcorder's passthru with WinDV, to Type 1 DV AVI. My Ulead editing program accepts it and turns out great edited video.

The only thing it lacks is the ability to monitor audio while capturing, but I can hear it through my camcorder if I need to. And adding that capability to the program might slow it down and cause dropped frames.



Posted February 19, 2007 by . Tool version ??? using OS WinXP
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downloaded it, used it, was impressed. very impressed! i thank petr mourek. and, i thank this forum. been looking for a tool like this for a long time. spent a lot on no good tools and wala, found it on this forum. thank you!


Posted February 19, 2007 by . Tool version 1.2.3 using OS WinXP
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Been using this app for years and it has never messed up. Elegantly un-complicated!


Posted November 14, 2006 by . Tool version 1.2.3 using OS WinXP
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My prior experiences are similar to the other posts here. Dropped frames, hard to work with, etc.
I was about to give up because I believed my computer was too slow. Then I searched the forum here and one of the most recent threads was a newbie's question about miniDV capturing. As always the advice was solid. So I downloaded the tool, started it with no installation required, hooked up my cam and within seconds I was capturing my tape.
I am so amazed about the efficiency of the tool!! Not a single dropped frame. I an using a 5 year old Asus K7M Sloth A Athlon 800MHz machine with a RAID1 U2W SCSI array and close to 600 MB of RAM. Not to fancy by today's standards but it still does the trick. Captured AVI files will play nicely with Windows Media Player. I can also confim that an hour of PAL625/50 video will tka up 13 gigabytes of HDD. That is a transfer rate of well below 4MBit/s and should sustainable even on computers that do not use RAID or SCSI.
I give this tool an 11 out of 10.



Posted November 14, 2006 by . Tool version v1.2.3 using OS Win2K
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


An Excellent program. I give it a perfect 10. I would like to give it a 9 in Functionality because of missing Device Control but what the heck, it is free. So I changed it to a 10.

Ever since I ran into this utility, I have not used any other program to transfer my DV tapes to computer. Every other program had one problem or the other like dropped frames, poor quality etc. but this little thing has no issues at all. Also has nice features such as automatically splitting of avi files according to date and time stamp, AVI-1 or AVI-2 mode and so on.

Two thumbs up to the programmer......



Posted May 23, 2006 by . Tool version 1.2.3 using OS WinXP
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Great product for capturing the video.


Posted February 16, 2006 by . Tool version 1.2.3 using OS WinXP
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Amazing application! I have done a lot of DV video capture with various editing programs (Vegas, Sonic DVD, Windows Movie Maker) and they all have rather slow and clunky interfaces and most would not work with my camcorder in AV->DV bridge mode. This little app is the perfect solution if you need to quickly capture an entire DV AVI segment and has the option to capture in DV AVI type 2! Most of the other apps will only capture in the inferior type DV AVI. As mentioned before, it does not take a lot of resources, so you can still use your computer for most tasks (not things that will hit CPU 100%) and not drop any frames!

Grab this free tool now!



Posted December 20, 2005 by . Tool version 1.2.3 using OS WinXP
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Ok it's nice, but i read in many posts that some guys out there'd like a DV controller.
Well: Zwei-Stein from Thugs at Bay Inc. does that.
It's a 3.5 Mb editing program found at softpedia.
it has a small



Posted December 19, 2005 by . Tool version old but latest using OS WinXP
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I love this program. Don't overlook the command line features. You can use it to automatically capture for a specified duration allowing unattended operation. And by setting up a .bat file you can schedule capture using Windows scheduler.


Posted October 20, 2004 by . Tool version 1.2.3 using OS Win2K
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It's free. It works. It does what it says it does. Cannot ask for anything more. Kudos to the programmers.


Posted October 18, 2004 by . Tool version 1.x using OS WinXP
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This capture software rocks! I have a ADVC-300, and even it has dropped frames with all other capture software. But with WinDV it never drops frames, even while I play processor intensive 3D games, surf the web, or encode MPEG2 files. Open task manager and look at the WinDV process. The software seems to use about 16MB buffer and only takes about 6-10% CPU time on my AMD64 3200+.

I subtracted one point for functionality because the DV automation checkbox is not labeled. Also you can't preview audio while capturing. This is great software from a programmer in the Czech Republic!



Posted October 18, 2004 by . Tool version 1.2.3 using OS WinXP
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Great, simple little program.

Did have the same problem with the audio/video being out of sync a bit, only because I was capturing using Type 2 AVI rather than Type 1 AVI... Switching to Type 1 fixed the problem. :)



Posted August 07, 2004 by . Tool version 1.2.3 using OS Win2K
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With WinDV I can capture DV while encoding another file, from the same drive and surf the net with zero dropped frames. All of my captures so far have been 100% correct.


Posted January 18, 2004 by . Tool version 1.2.3 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10

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