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Sony handycam capturing video -- pls help

I have the Sony Handycam Digital 8 DCR-TRV280. I'm having problems with the quality of the video I'm capturing on my computer. I connect the camera to my PC and capture footage. When I capture footage, it plays back in a tiny iPod-sized square. The quality is great. But if I view the footage any larger, the video quality is terrible. Pixelized and grainy. Looks like it's 30 years old. I tried capturing with both the Sony software that came with the Handycam and Windows Movie Maker and get the same result: pixelized. I believe I'm capturing the footage at at the highest quality. Please help me solve this problem.

Thank you so much.

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youre using the usb cable. you need to use the firewire cable to capture the video

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firewire cable?

Thank you very much for the response. Sorry for my ignorance but...what is a firewire cable? Where do I get one? Will this improve playback quality on a full-size screen?

Thank you.

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