Question about Sony Handycam DCR-HC21 Mini DV Digital Camcorder
I've been following all the instructions and yet no luck. I'm trying to connect the camera to my laptop. I only have the cables that sony gives with the camera and I assume they're the right ones. It's a mini dv tape that my videos are on, but i'm also supposed to be able to do usb streaming but it's not working. When i connect the camera and turn the usb streaming on, with it plugged into the computer the computer makes the noise of a usb device connecting, and tells me new hardware is found etc.. but when i go to say 'my computer' and look for it there it's not there.. and the software that i received with the camera doesn't recognise the camera as being connected or anything.. and i don't know what to do or how to get my videos onto my computer for editing.
I think you are using Windows Vista and facing problem to connect Sony DCR-HC53
Download Update for Picture Motion Browser software at Sony Support.
You need iLINK cable to transfer movie data in to computer. iLINK cable is shown in below picture.
You can have more info HERE about iLINK connectivity if you are running Windows XP in your laptop.
Posted on Oct 23, 2008
Go to camera menu and enable USB Stream, problem will be solved and PC will recognise your camera.
Posted on Jun 21, 2008
SOURCE: sony DCR HC 40 E driver
I had purchased the laptop with Window Vista Home Premium OS. I am unable to connect my Mini DV Sony DCR HC 40 E through firewire. the laptop doesn't recognise mini DV. Please suggest proper driver & solution
Posted on Sep 13, 2008
SOURCE: sony handycam dcr-trv19 mini dv
Because of the fact that Microsoft thinks they're so smart and released Windows Vista as their newest piece of ****, this camera will not work with Vista. The drivers for Windows Vista are non-existent. I went to the site for Sony and could only find XP drivers and 98 and 2000. They do not make them for Vista. And of course Vista should have most common drivers preinstalled, yet they don't have this one. I haven't found a way around it yet. I tried to get the drivers for Windows XP and install them. No good! It cannot be used on "this current operating system." Good luck. Hope somebody else finds an answer.
Posted on Dec 25, 2008
you can download the applicable softwares from the following link
select the operating system from the dropdownlist below and if it is XP you have then select XP instead of XP SP2
Posted on Jul 15, 2009
If you are able to see picture in the viewfinder (eyepiece) on closing the LCD, then the cable connecting the LCD to rest of the camera has gone bad and needs replacement. Take it to a Sony service centre. They will charge Rs 750 for service charges and about Rs 700 for the cable. You can save the service charges if you replace it yourself, but I'll advise against it unless you are conversant with these sort of precision jobs.
Posted on Dec 02, 2009
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This can be caused by several problems including a defective eject switch in the cameras internal circuitry or a bad motor. This will require disassembling the camera to repair and can usually be done fairly inexpensively. However, it's not really a user serviceable problem and should be repaired qualified service technician.
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