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Dropped frames during capture from camcorder

I can't capture video from my camcorder to my PC without a LOT of dropped frames. I've tried Movie Maker, Premiere Elements 4, Nero 8 and WinDV and get massive amounts of dropped frames with each (also, with Movie Maker when I play back what I've captured, everything is double or triple speed).

I noticed that even when I'm cueing up the video using the Preview feature of a program, the playback is choppy. I've also tried 3 different Firewire cables, but now I'm starting to wonder if it's the Firewire card itself (Zonet 4+1 USB/Firewire combo PCI card).

Here are my PC specs:
Pentium 4
2.0 GHz processor
1.25 GB RAM
capturing on secondary hard drive:
75 GB capacity
45 GB available
7200 RPM

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Firewire cards are quite cheap, under $20, replace the card. If you still have problems then it is most likely with the camcorder.

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