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New to camcorders - Sony HDR-HC7 - XP - Can't Import Video

by jp1952 / February 14, 2008 12:48 AM PST

I just got my first camcorder, the sony hdr-hc7.
I recorded my first video, and wanted to import to my computer to edit and burn a dvd.
I do not have any port for I-Link, and only slow USB port.
I installed the software Sony sent, picture motion browser, and it installed a link on my desktop to import video from tape. When I try and import it says
Cannot find the Handycam (Tape).
Check the i.LINK connection to the Handycam.
I contacted Sony via chat and they told me that I needed to purchase an 'i-LINK Capture Card'.
I'm not sure what I need to get, or where to get it.
Any help?

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Firewire cards and cables are very cheap.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 14, 2008 1:10 AM PST

Look on, and then see how much in the retail stores. I paid 10 bucks for my desktop's card and cable.

-> ilink = firewire...

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should I get the firewire 800 or 1394? are the combos ok?
by jp1952 / February 14, 2008 9:42 AM PST

there are 1394, or 800, and there are combos with usb 2.0
which is best?
will they all work with the sony camcorder?

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Sorry, what camcorder is at 800?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 14, 2008 9:55 AM PST

And isn't 1394 = firewire = ilink?

-> Best could be very expensive. Why would I want to part with more than 10 bucks for the card and cable?

-> Yes, works with Sony.

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(NT) thanks, yes, I'm clueless about this, I'm trying to learn...
by jp1952 / February 14, 2008 10:16 AM PST
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HELP....please... I ordered the iogear 1394/usb 2.0 pci card
by jp1952 / February 17, 2008 9:42 AM PST

I ordered the iogear 1394/usb 2.0 pci card from Newegg... it is yet to arrive.
In the meantime, I had ordered and received Adobe Photoshop elements 6/Premiere elements 4, hoping to use it to edit photos and video from my new camcorder (Sony HDR-HC7), and installed only the photoshop elements 6 on my pc, and it has bogged way down in speed....
I then (i should have checked out the requirements sooner) decided to look on the box for 'system requirements' and was surprised to find that for editing HD video they recommend:

Intel pentium 4
3 GHz processor
Vista or XP SP2
4.5 GB available hard disk space
16 bit color video card
1024 x 76 monitor resolution at 96 dpi
microsoft Direct X 9 or 10 compatible
So, I have now an old Dell Dimension 4100, OS XP Sp 2 and
Intel pentium III
797 MHz
512 MB Ram
37 GB C drive.
It doesn't yet have a firewire port/card (arriving soon) , or a dvd burner (I was going to purchase)..
My question is,
Can this work for me?
Can I just add some components and make this work for editing HD video, burning dvd's, etc?
Also, I was reading the forums and some people have posted that Adobe premiere elements 4 is not useful for editing HD video?
Is this true?

I am completely new to video, but I really want to learn how to use this media.

Do I have to buy a new computer?
If so, what computer would satisfy all the requirements necessary?

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Any idea why what Sony calls an I-LINK cable doesn't fit?
by jp1952 / February 20, 2008 9:49 AM PST

Hi, I just installed the Iogear firewire card, but, the cable that Sony provided with my HDR-HC7 that they call an I-LINK cable doesn't have a connector tip that fits the new firewire card port.
Do I-LINK cables come with numerous styles of connector ends?

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Yes, different sizes
by sheilakmcd / February 22, 2008 9:40 PM PST

firewire (i-link) ports and cables are available in two sizes of ends, 4-pin (smaller) and 6-pin (larger). Most desktop ports are 6-pin, most laptop, camcorder, etc ports are 4-pin. The cable supplied with your camcorder is a 4-pin to 4-pin cable. You need a 4-pin to 6-pin cable.

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