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Canon zr500 Can you please tell me what i need (software,firewire cable,etc.) to transfer video from my canon zr500 camcorder to my pc.Thanks for any help,don't know alot about this..

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    Can you please tell me what i need (software,firewire cable,etc.) to transfer video from my canon zr500 camcorder to my pc.Thanks for any help,don't know alot about this

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The ZR500 has a firewire port that is best for tranferring video to your pc, so a firewire cable would be needed -- and you would need a firewire card in your pc to accept it. It might also have a USB port (don't have it in front of me right now). I've never used USB to transfer video, but I think it would work fine.

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