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Transfer Problem I have a Canon Optura 20, and the memory card easily communicates with my PC via USB cable. But how do I get the MiniDV tape to communicate with my PC? Is this via a DV cable, which my PC has a port for? I have a bunch of software installed already.

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Re: Transfer Problem

I just went through exactly what you are describing and my solution was to install a Firewire card. The DV cable transfers my video's from the camera's cassette to my PC with no breakdown in quality. I'm very happy with this. The USB only works with the memory card, (quality is lost) Got my Firewire card on Ebay cheap, and it came with the cable and the software.

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