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This Panasonic DV tape camera is similar to Sony DV cameras. It has a Firewire 4 pin DV output (which Sony calls iLink). Does your laptop have Firewire (unlikely)?

The camera has an SD card slot for a card of up to 2 GB in size (non-HC, FAT16) but if I remember this is for still photos only, IIRC the USB connection cannot transfer video, Check your owners manual

The camera uses a compressed Sony/Panasonic PCM DV video format that needs a program that can read that format and convert that format.

My suggestion would be to send your tapes to a conversion service and have them saved onto DVDs or USB Stick one time. Or, find a friend with an older Macintosh with Firewire and iMovie, transfer and convert your video, and then move the files to your PC after

If you have a Firewire port, It may require a driver update
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/import-mini-dv-tapes-into-windows-10-movie-maker/96fefbd6-bb74-4a6a-973b-417043688f29

Or you can transfer the video through an external adapter but adapters with Firewire are impossible to find any more.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BthebohwsDk

https://www.sony.com/electronics/support/articles/00022457

https://superuser.com/questions/28861/cannot-import-video-from-a-dv-camcorder-over-firewire-in-windows-7

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Might be still available from Panasonic, on their web site. If not I wouldn't trust the sellers.

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There is an audio socket, 3.5 or 2.5 mm socket near the front.

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I shall only reply to one of the multiple queries you have made on the same subject.

I would suggest either the mfr, or Ebay.

I would also suggest you take better care of your possessions.

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Not with you - can you explain the situation more fully, please ?

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MOST CAMERAS HAVE TO BE OFF WHEN TRYING TO DO THIS FUNCTION AND LET THE PC FIND THEM THEN TRANSFER TO PC READ THE MANUAL

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Unfortunately, Panasonic does not support the VDR-M70 with Windows 7 or 8. See the FAQ here: https://shop.panasonic.com/support-only/VDR-M70.html?t=manuals . The camcorder was released with drivers for Windows 98 (second edition), Me, 2000, and XP.

If you have Windows 7 Pro, you can check if your system supports a virtual computer environment. If you can load a virtual OS, enable virtualization in turn on/off Windows features. (Go to the Control Panel under Programs. Then click on the link. Scroll through the list to find the desired line and check the box.) The XP mode software is available here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=8002 . Install the program (including setting up the disc space needed). Then launch the OS and install the software and camcorder driver in the XP mode. Use the directions for installing the VDR-M70 with a computer from the manual, starting on page 130: ftp://ftp.panasonic.com/camcorder/om/vdr-m50pp_en_om.pdf . I haven't found an online source for the Panasonic software download for the VDC-M70. Panasonic's recent software is here: https://av.jpn.support.panasonic.com/support/global/cs/soft/download/ .

I hope this helps and I wish that I had better news for you.

Cindy Wells
(I did run XP mode on a Windows 7 Pro desktop computer with an Intel i5 chip and 8GB of memory. I put in a second hard disk to ensure sufficient space for the second OS. It was a convenient way to maintain support for some older hardware and software.)

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The Panasonic PV-GS35 will let you record digital media to the mini DV cassette if the other video source has a DV input/output connection. Then you use the 4-pin to 4-pin Firewire DV cable, PV-DDC9 . This cable is available from Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/LETO-FireWire-Panasonic-Camcorder-PV-DDC9/dp/B00MLQVMSK , and other vendors. The digital camera doesn't have the S-video input needed to record from most other sources.

For information on the digital dubbing feature, see the manual starting on page 42. Panasonic has the manual on the product support page: https://shop.panasonic.com/support-only/PV-GS35.html . The current link to the manual is ftp://ftp.panasonic.com/camcorder/om/pv-gs19_en_om.pdf . See page 13 of the manual for the location of the DV port.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

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Check your connections first. Usually a camera comes with software to allow transfer from camera to computer. If it has worked before, then there is a connection problem now. Windows media player supports many formats of video. Each format type is determined by the file extension, for example .mpg .mts .avi etc. If the camera records in an uncommon format, you may need to load a different CODEC (Compression/decompression program).
See here for all formats that windows media player supports:-

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/316992/file-types-supported-by-windows-media-player

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Sounds like the screen has either failed or the wiring to it has got a dry joint or become disconnected.

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Check on the Panasonic website

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Have you looked at the information and instructions contained within the manual ?

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.Prg files are database files. They could be associated with an indexing system for that camera. They are not in and of themselves a video file.

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Google (Panasonic)(nv-gs27)(manual) without parens.

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The play head did not retack fully to the off position. Drop the player an inch from the floor to jar it into place. Or or open the back side to reach in to move parts or open stuck latch.

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Hello, Tariq -

Fixya.com, where you posted your question, does no repairs of any items. It is a website intended for only asking and answering questions on how to go about repairing things. You have only stated that your camera is damaged and not what you think is damaged.

I would direct you to an authorized Panasonic camera repair service in the area where you reside, but I have no idea where that is.

I suggest you use your favorite search engine (Google, Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, etc.) and the following search phrase, using quotation marks as shown to identify camera repair businesses where you reside:
"Panasonic camera repair"

You can add you location information to the search phrase, if you wish:
Examples:
"Panasonic camera repair" "Sandusky, Ohio"
Or
"Panasonic camera repair" "Birmingham, England"
Or
"Panasonic camera repair" "Manila, Philippines"

Best wishes.

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