Sony Handycam - DCR-IP45E copy video to PC usingfirewire

I have a Sony Handycam about 8 years OLD and I am trying to get the videos from it to my PC so that I can burn to DVD.

I have a fairly new and powerful PC running windows Vista Ultimate and my motherboard has a firewire port built in.

I have connected it via firewire and tried to import video using Windows Live Movie Maker but the imported file is jittery and so is the preview window during the import.

I am not sure if I should try another program or if there is a problem with firewire on my PC or perhaps a problem with the handycam?
Would a firewire card be better that an built in port?

Thanks in advance for your comments.  
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If you can see your videos fine on your cam's screen fine then recording of the cam is fine.
But to double check plug it in to tv and give the image to screen like real time then check it.

Use another cable and port if you have to check to see if it's same on your computer.
This could test the cable.

Try it with another computer which has firewire connection this would test if it's your computer.

Try VLC player or K-Lite codec player these plays them much better.

Access the cam manually and copy your video manually to your computer try that way. This will test importing of media player.

Go in to safe mode and then import the video then play it . This will take the unnecesarry load off of your computer( drivers adobe vs crap ) so you will test importing with real performance of you computer.

Fnally play the file when you plug another monitor in to your computer and this would test if it's your monitor or it's the system/graphic card.


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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Do you still have the Handycam CD that came with your camera?
If so run the Sony Picture Utility installer in the DIApp folder, this will install the Sony video codecs on your PC which should help Movie Maker make more snse of the video conversion.
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