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Video Camera and Firewire

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I just bought a Canon Elura 100 (http://tinyurl.com/ofuhx) I'm not sure how to transfer video onto the computer. I consider myself quite tech savvy but when it comes to hardware I'm baffled. So here are the questions:

1. How do I check if my computer has the required IEE 1394 firewire card/port?

2. If I have a firewire card/port, where do I get the firewire cable?

3. Can I transfer video just using the USB cable? If so why isn't my camera being detected as a capture device?

Any information on what I need would help! thanks.
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1 - To c if u have a fire wire go to you'r device manager and if it sais IEE 1394 then u have a fire wire port.
2 - To get a cable look on the net or go into a computr store and dont forget you'r camera cause not all have the same connections on unit (the fire wire connection to the computer is universal.)
U can allso perchase a PCI firewire card if really want to use the fast transfer.

3- U can use a usb cable but u need to install the driver for the camera. google it. and from my experiance when u connect the camera 2 the computer u may have 2 play with the veiwing settings to go from video to picture or something like that. It is that only in sertain modes does it recognoze the camcorder.

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