Your Camcorder MUST have a Firewire OUT socket(Sometimes called a DV out)to enable you to connect it to the firewire socket on your pc. If you don't have this on your camcorder, you'll not be able to connect it via firewire. I do a lot of DV Editing on my pc and always connect my camcorder to my pc via firewire, or DV IN / OUT as it is sometimes called. The other way to connect your camera to your pc if it dosen't have a firewire connection, is bu using a breakout box supplied by someone like "Pinnacle", This will let you connect your camera via the s-video socket to the breakout box. Incidently, the Pinnacle system I use is "Pinnacle Studio Deluxe" with V8 studio software. Hope this helps !