Hardware FAQ

hmtoggle_plus1What do I need to use Timewarp 4?
Camera: A Mini DV Camera and a Fire wire cable OR a Camcorder with AV out port and a AV to USB converter
Laptop or PC: Windows XP, Vista or Windows7: Sound card
Firewire port (if using Mini DV camera): CD/DVD read/write
2.6MHz Core 2 Duo or similar: Separate graphics card with 128 or 256 MB video RAM: 2 GB RAM (XP) or 3 GB RAM (Vista, Windows7): 80 GB free hard disk space: 1024 x 768 monitor or larger: Internet connection
Learn more about hardware in the the Resource Documents area in the Timewarp Support Centre


hmtoggle_plus1How much space does it need to record?

Timewarp 4 uses about 5 GB per hour of hard disk space.  There are indicators in the Setup screen and main screen to tell you how much time you have left.  Timewarp will not fill up your hard drive and cause it to crash, is always leaves 2 GB free.


hmtoggle_plus1I can’t find any MiniDV cameras anymore, what else can I use?

You can use any camcorder with an AV out port. To use these types of cameras you will also need an AV to USB converter to connect the camera to the PC. With the AV to USB converter you will be able to get live feed from the camera to TimeWarp4.  To learn more go to  “How do I find the best USB converter” in the online help or in the manual.


hmtoggle_plus1Can I do dual capture from two cameras at once?

Not using the computer or Timewarp 4 software, but you can use a video compositing/mixing box that feeds the two videos into Timewarp 4 as one composited video.


hmtoggle_plus1Is a tripod a good investment?

Yes, a Tripod is a very good investment as it will keep the camera still as you do your recording.


hmtoggle_plus1Can I capture my data to an external hard drive?

Yes if you use a fast connection like Firewire or USB2 or USB3 to the external drive.  For more information see “How do I change where my videos are stored” in the online help or in the manual.


hmtoggle_plus1Do I need to be connected to the internet to use Timewarp 4?

No, only the installation/registration/activation of the product needs to be connected to the internet. After Timewarp 4 is activated the software no longer needs an internet connection.


hmtoggle_plus1Should I get a desktop or a laptop computer?

The software will run on both a Desktop PC and a Laptop. However a laptop can be easier as you will be able to take the laptop with you on site to do your live video captures.