If you read our forum sticky, Firewire is noted there as well in many other replies. Try that first.
As to new software, unlikely. For Windows all I ever needed to do the download was (free) WINDV if the software that creates DVD or edits doesn't like firewire.
My panasonic PV-DV601D-K camcorder has been used to tape all of my family vacations. Now i've only recently tried to hook it up to my computer here's what's happening.
I'm currently working on a USB connection. It's only allowing me to download 30 seconds of my viseo at a time! Now i've heard that Firewire is so much faster...but i've never used it before! I've also looked to see if both my camcorder and computer are firewire ready. But once i go and buy this cable...hook it up and try to download my movies by real time am i needing a new software? I'm working off of Movie maker is there any software you would suggest?
And do you think i'm on the right track here?