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

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.

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?

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?

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...
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HELP....please... I ordered the iogear 1394/usb 2.0 pci card

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?

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

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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