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New Firewire but can't record from Camcorder

I've now installed two 1394 PCI cards, and either allows seeing video, running camcorder start, rewind, but as I press "Record" the screen goes blank and the error message says I need to configure my capture device.Device mgr says all is well. I'm using MS Movie Maker. Panasonic is no help. Any idea what to do next?

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Not all camcorders work with that software. You might try Adobe Premiere or Virtual Dub. You are right, no one will help you configure your PC for free.

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