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how to put video from sony dcr-hc51 video to latop

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i have a sony DCR-HC51 camcorder and i want to put my clips and videos from it to my laptop but i have no firewire port on my laptop (its an acer aspire 573Cool can anybody give me a way to transfer my clips please. by usb or some other sort of media device.

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Avoid!

If you look at this, the Firewire is still the connection used and USB comes into play when you perform SD ANALOG capture.

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Another suggestion (a stretch?)

Buy a used Mac for a few hundred dollars, like an iMac. 99.9% of them come equipped with Firewire (and why don't PCs come with Firewire???) and the Mac comes pre-installed with iMovie that is the software to capture and edit imported video footage and save it in a variety of file formats. Now we'll get hundreds of posts poo-pooing a Mac because PC software is better. Who cares if the software is better. The Mac is a turn-key solution and you will enjoy the experience, and with this solution you don't need to modify your PC. The Mac is a much friendlier platform for doing what you want to do.

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