1. Read http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7594_102-0.html?forumID=59&threadID=241296&messageID=2448501
2. Yes, you want firewire for minidv.
3. Yes, you need some video editing software... If Pinnacle fails for you, take it back, get your money back. Get something else.
I am trying to make a nice finished DVD from my sony handycam mini dvd . I need to figure out how to NOT record the audio when i burn the CD and I need to clean up the video of unwanted shots for a nice finished DVD. Problem is it seems I need to be a professional Videographer to do my job and I am just not getting the end result i want. I bought a new Pinnacle studio Version 11 and i have a hp pavillion dv4000 laptop and when i plug the USB in the computer from the camera it reads device not found. Im not sure what im doing wrong but im sure theres much. I have i guess the word is uploaded the minidvd to my handycam program and can see all the seperate clips but i cant edit them. At one point the Video editing program suggested i update my drivers (i went to hp and microsoft and thought I did update them) but im still having trouble . I need to learn this fast and it seems like there is tons to learn (like i tried to right click an convert the images to mpeg so i could sent the video file to someone and also use it in the program and it didnt work.) I would loooooooooooove any help. thanks