Originally Posted by Chris1573
I've got a Vaio so is it just a case of connecting the two via Firewire and then using the DVGATE software that came on the VAIO?
Yes.... except that it's even easier than that!
All Vaio have firewire ports so you will need the firewire cable (wasn't supplied with my camcorder) - don't bother with USB, even if the camcorder supports it.
You can control the camera for playback with your software - Firewire+miniDV uses a standard protocol so software like Adobe Premier or Microsoft Movie Maker all get the same functionality without any additional drivers.
If you do need the CD, let me know as it's probably the same as mine... although finding it could be challengining! I'm fairly sure I remember deciding it was worthless though.
The only Sony software I've used is Click-to-DVD which was useful for writing to a DVD and doing automatic menus. This was already on my laptop, so I guess it's on your Vaio?