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Computer won't read camera

I have the firewire cable plugged into the camera and into my computer. Now It will read the camera as if it were a web cam. I can have video chats/direct import into imovie and that...but I can't pull off the video that is already on the tape.

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Need computer software to "record" the tape as it's played.

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FireWire connection to computer keeps getting dropped. Check with manufacturer to make sure you have the latest driver and firmware updates for your camera and computer. Always turn the camera's power on before making a FireWire connection. Disconnect the FireWire cable before turning the camera off. Use the camera's AC adapter when making FireWire connections. Try a different FireWire cable and try connecting the camera to a different computer. FireWire cables and ports sometimes fail.

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