I own 3 VX2100’s. Yes. iLi


I own 3 VX2100’s.

Yes. iLink is simply Firewire. There is nothing more to it than that.

All you need to get for your computer is a Firewire card, if it didn’t have one already built in when you bought it.


A PCI card only means the type of connection the card makes to the motherboard of the computer. Not the connection the Camera makes to the PC.

If you open the computer, you will see long white slots on the motherboard with actual cards vertically coming out of ithttp://www.hothardware.com/reviews/images/tualatin/pci_slot.jpg

The firewire card that you need to get simply connects to the computer via a PCI slot on the mother board.http://www.completecomputersvcs.com/images/products/3-PortPCI_Firewire_Card.jpg

Downloading your Tapes:

Connect your camera with the Firewire cable (iLink) to the computer’s Firewire port. Do not connect unless the camera is off otherwise the camera won’t be recognized and it could possibly be damaged.

You will need editing software to edit your movies, true. But there are 2 ways to capture the video from the camcorder.

1. One way is to use Editing software. Since you are obviously a Novice and are probably only going to be doing home movies, I would just stick with Windows Movie Maker. It comes FREE with WIN XP, Vista, & Win 7 so you don’t have to purchase anything. Now, the good thing about this is that there is also a capture tape function within Windows Movie maker. I’ve highlighted the steps below. Or you can look online for a detailed instruction.

To do this: Import Video -> From Camera -> then follow the onscreen prompts.

When asked what format to same it in, choose either DV AVI or a high quality Windows Media Video (WMV). AVI will be about 12-15GB per tape. WMV will be significantly smaller but the quality won’t be as good unless you choose the best setting.

2. The second way to capture video is to use this small application. I always used this until I began using MACs.


It’s called WinDV. A small capture application for MiniDV cameras.


You cannot transfer video from the Sony VX2100 using USB. So don’t even try. Of course that would be completely impossible since it doesn’t even have a USB port.

Good Luck

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