Panasonic PV-GS80 Mini DV Digital Camcorder - Answered Questions & Fixed issues

Ask for IEEE1394 cable also called iLink or firewire.
Beaware that firewire has several types of socket configurations.

In most cases a 4 pin to 6 pin cable will work.
4 pin goes to the camera 6 or 9 pin goes to PC or Mac.


Panasonic... | Answered on Nov 22, 2013 | 53 views

No you don't need to take out the battery.
Tell us what version of windows your running and what connection you are using to hook it to your PC.
ie: USB, FIREWIRE, Ethernet?

Remember to give the thumbs up if this helps.

Panasonic... | Answered on Feb 27, 2011 | 85 views

This is usually caused by an oxidized or defective Audio/Video drum. Try running a cleaning tape through the camera. If this does not solve the problem the camera will need to be serviced by a qualified service technician.

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Panasonic... | Answered on Feb 03, 2011 | 76 views

Do you mean a driver for the webcam portion of the camera, or to transfer footage to your computer from the tape? If you mean for footage transfer, then you are in luck, because no driver is needed. You just need your video editing software and it will communicate with the camera over the firewire port and cable.

If you did mean for the webcam feature then you should be able to download it from the support section of

Panasonic... | Answered on Nov 30, 2010 | 626 views

Try running it just on mains power. If it still does nothing, find its RESET button (usually very small and hidden somewhere). the user guide will show were it is.
If there is still no lights or screen showing, it may be that it has gone faulty completely :(
If it's just the screen gone faulty, you will find you can still eject the cassette door and put tapes in etc.

Panasonic... | Answered on Nov 08, 2010 | 165 views

If you don't want to spend a lot of money you could use Corel VideoStudio. As for cables, your camera should have come with a USB 2.0 cable that would connect to the camera and then to the USB port on the PC. Or, if your pc has a firewire port, you could buy that cable to connect for a faster video transfere and capture. Hope this helps.

Panasonic... | Answered on Aug 16, 2010 | 222 views

Connect the camera to the PC. The PC should detect the camera and a window will pop up asking you what to do. Select COPY CONTENTS TO HDD or some such thing. All contents will go to MY Videos folder in My Documents.

Panasonic... | Answered on Aug 07, 2009 | 382 views

use only K1HA05CD0014 usb cable provided by company.its use for image downloading (it have5pin at mini usb) use firewire for video capturing (it have 4pin)

Panasonic... | Answered on Jun 08, 2009 | 426 views

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Panasonic... | Answered on May 31, 2009 | 210 views

Best buy has brand new ones, or you could surf the web and find a cheaper one at like amazon. Just make sure that the size of the cable matches up with the size of your computer or else it will not be able to plug in.

The problem I have is like the other people, I got the firewire in the port and DV on the camera and my computer just doesn't recongnize it. Where's the solution to this? I have been trying to edit my film for over a year now with troubles with losing wires and now this and stuff. Hope this helps

Panasonic... | Answered on Jan 13, 2009 | 628 views

I had the same problem of my program not recognizing the camera and clicking "refresh" did nothing. I downloaded Windows Movie Maker 2.6 and it enabled me to transfer from the tape in the camera to my PC and to a DVD.

Okay, I'll admit...I don't know whether this problem was solved by the download of Windows Movie Maker 2.6 or it was the fact that I finally figured out that I had to attach the AC cord to do anything at all! Sometimes we overlook the simplest things!!

Panasonic... | Answered on Sep 04, 2008 | 716 views

Hi insert tape mark digital the detection will on icon.

Panasonic... | Answered on Jun 11, 2008 | 71 views

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

Or you can transfer the video through an external adapter but adapters with Firewire are impossible to find any more.

Panasonic Video... | Answered on Nov 20, 2019 | 24 views

If you ever have trouble to play ASF video file on the computer, you can turn to ASF video player for help. Leawo Blu-ray Player is a 100% free software. Arming your Windows computer with this program will guarantee all your ASF files are supported. Besides being as the best ASF player for Windows 7, the Windows version is also available on Windows XP/Vista/8/8.1/10, etc.

Panasonic Video... | Answered on Nov 20, 2019 | 144 views

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

Panasonic Video... | Answered on Nov 07, 2019 | 26 views

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

Panasonic Video... | Answered on Oct 28, 2019 | 26 views

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.

Panasonic Video... | Answered on Jul 07, 2019 | 54 views

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

Panasonic Video... | Answered on Jun 29, 2019 | 63 views

If you mean to download a full file , just copy the files from the DVD and load into your computer , the hard disc.
But if you want to copy DVD into to write another DVD( copy) the use a software( NERO) to copy and write. Load the DVD to copy and click the nero link for copy then after the image is made onthe computer you must remove the disc and insert the DVDRW to be written.
Do as it commands on the software.

Panasonic Video... | Answered on Jun 26, 2019 | 339 views


Panasonic Video... | Answered on Jun 07, 2019 | 84 views

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