Your description is good, that helped me to help you. I had same problem with my Sony Digital8 (also called HI8 ) handycam. My vista system was not able to detect my Handycam with a very very cheap FIREWIRE PCI Card I bought in local market for only $4, yes four dollars. It came with same cable 6pin to 4pin Firewire (Sony calls it i.Link). I was trying to connect with same cable 4pin at camera end and 6pin on PCI Card, with no luck.
I tried everything an expert would do, but got only frustration. Even tried net for the solution but it seems no one knew.
Then I started from scratch, AND DECIDED TO READ MANUAL . While reading the PDF manual found on Sony Support site, trust me, I found those golden words “USE ONLY 4PIN TO 4PIN i.Link Cable for Firewire connection.”
I ran back to market and bought 4PIN TO 4PIN Firewire Cable for $1.5
At first connect trust me, it detected “SONY DV Camcorder” and installed drivers automatically. I confirmed by going into Device Manager and found same entry in Imaging Device section. Then what in every possible software existed on my system, DV Capture was available, which was found always disabled.
Now the funny part it, technically there is no difference in 6pin to 4pin Firewire cable as two pins are used for Voltage which is discarded at 4 pin end. But it seems SONY Handycam does not wants itself to connect it to 6pin socket at PCI card end.
So these are the final things to remember.
- Use only 4pin to 4pin Firewire cable (any cheaper make. $1.5 will do)
- Use any cheaper FIREWIRE PCI card with at least one 4pin firewire socket. No matter you use cheaper or costlier PCI card or cable the quality will always be same coz D8 Handycams directly transfer encoded Video Data in Digital format thru Firewire cable. Firewire cable does not transfer RF video input.
- No additional codecs are required to install in pc like others suggested. Required codecs are always there in XP and VISTA with windows movie maker.
- No additional software is required, as you can directly capture with Windows Movie Maker in high quality. I use many other software but with same quality.
- Dont blame SONY as they already told you which exact cable to use.
- In handycam mode, you can control PLAY/STOP/PAUSE of Handycam from PC itself from all the video software you use, which is high convinience for capturing.
Trust me I am going to add this information in almost all forums where similar problems were asked but nowhere the solution found. May be I can help them. Trust me this forum also I signed up only to add this information.
Thanks for listening
Thanks, Mahendra (only saw your post months later).
Unfortunately, 4-pin to 4-pin does not work for me either. Reading the manual I see that this handycam does not guarantee support for operating systems upgraded beyond Windows XP … and my only machine with a 4-pin IEEE input is WIndows Vista. I have another machine with XP, but alas, it does not have an IEEE input jack.
I really don’t understand how 14-year-olds manage to upload their videos to YouTube when after searching and studying the technology for weeks I cannot even get the video uploaded to my computer in the first place.