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Quote I have the same issue with Cyberlink PowerDirector 8 and 13.

My solution was to use Sclive from It's old software (2010) that is no longer supported. Since November 2010, licenses for Sclive are no longer sold, however, a fully functional license key, the manual and the software can still be downloaded for free on this website.

It will capture video even if there is no tape in the camera. You can then edit the captured .avi file in your own video editing software or use Sclive's rudimentary editing features.

Thank you, I am following all of those steps already.

At step 12, my video capture software (CyberLink PowerDirector 12) will not record when I click on the record button (in the Capture tab/window). A pop-up message in PD 12 says there is no tape in the camera so it will not record.
I have VHS-C (mini VHS) tapes from an old analog camcorder that I want to capture. My Sony TRV38 DV camcorder is capable of taking analog A/V in, from a VCR playing the VHS-C tapes, and digitizing it. The output goes out the camcorder's IEEE1394 (FireWire) port to my laptop computer running PowerDirector 12 where I capture it in .AVI format. I did this several years ago.

Now I am trying again and having problems. When I try to capture video in PD 12, PD 12 says there is no tape in my camcorder. As a result, it won't record the input from the VCR that it is digitizing. If I put a tape in the camcorder, PD 12 only records from that tape, not from the VCR input that it is digitizing.

Any suggestions on how I can make this work?
I just found out that PowerDirector 17 supports H.264 for video capture. Would that format consume less disk space without sacrificing video quality compared to AVI? Mini-DV resolution of my Sony camcorder is 720x480.

I have a Sony VAIO laptop PC that is 8 years old with an Intel Core i7 processor, 8 GB of DRAM, and Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. PowerDirector 12 is installed and I used it in the past to capture video from an older Panasonic VHS-C camcorder and older Sony mini-DV camcorder over IEEE1394 (FireWire). The file formats I can choose from to capture camcorder video over FireWire on PowerDirector 12 are:

  1. MPEG1

  2. MPEG2

  3. AVI

After capturing video I plan to edit it to produce a final video file for watching on a PC (as opposed to burning a DVD that I can play in a DVD player). My understanding is that AVI is the highest quality of these three formats and therefore the best choice for a source file that I plan to edit later.

Q1. Is that correct?

In recent years I purchased PowerDirector 14 Deluxe and PowerDirector 17 Ultra for use on a newer HP laptop with Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, and Windows 10 Professional 64-bit. That laptop does not have an IEEE1394 (FireWire) port so I must use my older Sony laptop to capture video from my older camcorders. Neither CyberLink's website nor phone support can tell me which file formats are supported for capturing IEEE1394 (FireWire) video on PowerDirector 14 Deluxe and PowerDirector 17 Ultra. They only tell which file formats are supported for editing and saving (export). I am wondering if some newer, better capture formats are supported in the newer PowerDirector versions, like H.264 or MPEG4.

Q2. Does anyone know which file formats are supported for capturing IEEE1394 (FireWire) video on PowerDirector 14 Deluxe and PowerDirector 17 Ultra?

Q3. Would there be any benefit to installing and using PowerDirector 14 Deluxe or PowerDirector 17 Ultra on my old Sony laptop, instead of keeping PowerDirector 12, if I am using the laptop only to capture video?

Thank you!
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