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Sony video camera

Posted on 2009-05-19
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I have a Sony video camera and I want to upload the movie to my HD. What software do I need? I got the camera as a used camera so it does not come with any software. Thanks
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Question by:netdoc01
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by:G-Warren
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Hello netdoc01--

The short answer is that you only need basic video editing software to import something from a camera to a computer. Pre-installed programs such as Windows Movie Maker and iMovie will do it, or you can download free open-source video software (here are a few options: http://tv.isg.si/site/?q=node/873).

However, you need to make sure you can connect your camera to your computer properly before you can transfer video. A few questions to help clarify a solution:
  • What is the model of your video camera?
  • Does it have a FireWire port?
  • Does your computer have FireWire input?
  • What kind of video card do you have
My advice would be that if you've got firewire on your camera and computer, plug it in and see what happens.
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by:netdoc01
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It is a Sony Handycam and it has USB port, no Firewire.
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by:G-Warren
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Could you provide the specific model number? There should be something on the bottom of the camera or elsewhere that has a model number (like DCR-HC20).

What media type is used? Is it MiniDV, DVD, hard disk, etc?
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dcr-hc21. It uses miniDV tapes
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Okay...I checked out the DCR-HC21 manual on the Sony website:

http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/model-documents.pl?mdl=DCRHC21

This camera appears to have a feature called "iLink", which is in fact a firewire plug. There should be a port with an i next to it and "DV." You'll need to purchase a 6pin to 4pin cable to connect your computer to your camera; here's a link to a few:

http://www.cablestogo.com/product_list.asp?cat_id=608

Once it's hooked up, you should be able to control your camera using video editing software as mentioned above. Then you can grab the clips you want from the tape, digitize them and convert them to any format you choose.

You may want to check out Sony's page for this camera, as there are drivers you can download if you need them. Plus, it wouldn't hurt to have the manual handy.

Hope that helps!
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