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Hi Mandy, Welcome to the forum!There are many formats of Video Camera, each with its own specific needs, advantages and disadvantages.Digital cameras can record very high quality video, and computers these days are pretty universally compatible, as they have USB and IEEE1394(firewire) connectors built in. Digital cameras will record the video onto a hard drive built into the camera, or on a memory card which fits in a slot on the camera, and the videos are downloaded to your computer most commonly via a firewire connection or a USB or inbuilt memory card reader, or sometimes directly via USB connections. Analog camcorders generally record onto cassettes, in one of various formats including 8mm, Hiâ€“8, VHS, and Sâ€“VHS. When you transfer video from an analog camera to an analog capture device, you won't be able to achieve the picture quality of a digital camera and a firewire capture device. However, with analog devices, you can use the software that came with your capture device to adjust the hue, saturation, brightness, contrast, and sound volume levels of your video.The camera you are describing uses a cassette, so is most likely an analog video camera. The small cassette is most likely a Hi-8 cassette. Its the capture device you are missing on your new computer.In order to download your analog videos, you will need an analog capture device. This will be an addon card which is installed into your computer, and has the required connections to connect to your camera, or a device which plugs in via the USB or firewire ports on your computer and connects to your camera. The devices job is to receive your analog movie, and convert it to the digital file which your computer needs. Computers are digital, not analog.an additional bonus with an analog capture device is that you can connect the good old video player to your computer with it.. so you can download your old VHS or BETAMAX cassettes to your computer and convert them to DVD!!Your old computer, since you had the connections available, must have had an analog capture device installed. Your new computer doesn't.There are many kinds of connections available that might belong to your camera, and in order to assist you, we'll need to know exactly what kind of connection your particular camera requires.I'll write an article on our parent site, http://www.tips4pc.com, complete with photos, over the next few days. This article will cover all aspects of your question. In the meantime, if you are able to tell us what connection you have, I can provide you with more specific advice. You should be able to find this information somewhere in the manual provided with your camera.I'll then be able to tell you what you need to buy to enable you to connect your camera.Its possible, if you still have the old computer, that you will be able to simply move the analog capture card which was installed in it to your new computer. Its also possible that its not compatible with your new computer, which is what we will have to investigate. To assist you further, we'll need the following information.1. The make and model of your old computer (if you still have that computer).2. The make and model of your new computer, and what operating system it uses (if its brand new, then its probably Windows Vista).3. The type of connection your camera requires, or the make and model of the camera.If you have time, then you can simply wait a couple of days, and I'll post a link here to a comprehensive guide on this subject.
Mitz from Tips4pc