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SwiftCapture and DV camera

I've got an older DV camera - JVC GR-DA30U. Through a combination of cables and adapters to go from mini-DV to Thunderbolt/USB-C, I've connected it to a Thunderbolt port on my M1 MacStudio running MacOS 13.0.1. The camera is recognized in the System Report and in iMovie and Quicktime Player but not SwiftCapture 1.3.3. This combination previously worked on a 2015 MacBook Pro running MacOS 12.2.1. Wondering if there is an explanation and if it is possible that this could be addressed in a SwiftCapture update.


  • SwiftCapture 1.3.3 discontinued support for DV devices, because we have seen problems when using them, for example app freezes caused by accessing devices. DV tech is rather old now, and I think problems can be expected when using DV devices on newer Mac hardware and macOS systems. Still, if you want to test this, we have re-enabled DV support in the latest beta version of SwiftCapture. It will be useful to get your feedback on how well this works and whether you see any problems or if everything works smoothly for you, so please report back once you've had a chance to test.

  • Ben - I’ve done some limited testing with the beta, but from what I’ve seen, the DV support works fine - no issues noted.

  • Great to hear that! Thanks for reporting back.

  • Hello, I tried the beta, but there is no sound from DV. In Quiktime and iMovie there is sound from DV-Camera, but in Swift Capture it doesn't show the option DV-Camera in the Audio Setting. I've tried it with two different cameras, both didn't work.

    What can I do?

  • BenBen
    edited March 2023

    Sorry but it's possible that audio from DV devices will not be supported in SwiftCapture - only video. SwiftCapture supports all standard audio inputs that would also be seen under System Preferences > Sound > Input; if you don't see the DV audio input available for selection here or in SwiftCapture then this means that isn't not a supported audio input device. And unfortunately it is not viable for us to spend the development resources implementing support for this, since DV devices are not often used anymore.

    Most Macs have built-in audio input ports, so these should be used instead. I hope this will be a good solution for you.

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