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Help please - transferring video from sony handycam

Hello, I am really hoping that someone can help me because I have spent hours upon hours trying to get this camcorder to connect to my computer. I have a Sony Handycam Digital8 DCR-TRV260 and have had this thing for about 4 years and have NEVER been able to get video to my computer. I've tried USB streaming and of course the quality is terrible. So, I think I finally figured it out and went to Best Buy yesterday and bought a Dynex PCI host adapter model DX-FC103 and a 6 pin/4 pin firewire cable. I got it installed in my computer and was pretty excited that I'd FINALLY be able to burn my video to DVD, but when I hook it up - my computer says that Sony DV camcorder is connected, and on the camcorder it says DV in, but when I try to capture video with Windows Movie Maker or NeroVision Express, there is no picture or sound. When I push play or anything else on the computer, it does it on the camcorder, so I know that there is SOME communication, but no picture or sound. No idea why though! For the heck of it I tried USB and that worked, but not the firewire. I've read that it could be the drivers or something, but I'm not really familiar with that. So, if anyone knows what might be wrong, I'd really appreciate the help. I am using Windows XP pro. Thanks!


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Which brand should I try?

In reply to: Well... you are close,

Thanks, I didn't know that was a crappy brand. I'll have to try something else. The only reason I got that one was because that's all they had at Best Buy - that I knew of. Any suggestions for a good one that would be compatible with my camcorder? Also, I am using a Dynex cable too..should I just return both? Thanks

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As indicated in the other posts,

In reply to: Which brand should I try?

apparently anything BUT Dynex...

I've had good experiences with SIIG, Belkin and QPS... though not specifically direct experience with their firewire cards - I do all my editing on Macintoshes and firewire is included as standard...

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In reply to: As indicated in the other posts,

I think I'll try Belkin then. I appreciate your help

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Pinnacle Systems Studio

In reply to: Which brand should I try?

Found your question while looking for the upgrade for Vista. Pinnacle Systems makes a product called Studio. I have used Studio 7 with XP This is old version but new verion Studio Plus version 11 is current and will work with Windows Vista. I have transferred many movies from a Sony DV Handycam using Studio. Very smooth.

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In reply to: Pinnacle Systems Studio

Thank you for your input, I will definitely look into that! I've always heard really good things about the Pinnacle software.

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