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Firewire connection I bought my Handycam in May this year and immediately was able to connect it to my PC via firewire connection and capture video without any trouble. I only did this in one session and left it for a while. Now it is 5 months later and I have tried again to do the same and my PC can't/ won't recognise the Camera/hardware. I have tried reinstalling the software, I've bought a new firewire cable, I've checked to see that I have the most current driver for the 1394 port, I have tried capturing using other software than that supplied with the camera and I've connected the camera to the PC in a myriad of different sequences. I've found the first step guide with software not very helpful at all and the manual with the camera doesn't really tell you much either. I am wondering whether there is a setting on the camera itself that needs to be on or off. I've scrolled through the menu items 4 or 5 times but nothing is jumping out at me. Please is there anyone who might be able to help as I need to use the camera for a project soon and I need to be able to edit the footage I'll be getting. Help anyone, thanks,

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USB streaming does not work for Windows Vista. Use the firewire/ilink connection instead.


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You can download User Manual and required software (USB Driver) for your Sony DCR-HC30E from Sony Support.
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make sure that you are using the correct firewire plugs (4 pin on the camera and 4 or 6 pin on the computer depending on the computer). If you are sure you have all this correct, check your BIOS settings for a disabled media card or 1394 controller.

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The Camcorder will flash the DV IN message as soon as the i.LINK/Firewire cable is connected to the Camcorder.

If you are getting the DV IN message then it indicates that the Camcorder recognize the connection.

You can use any video capturing software like Windows Movie Maker to transfer the video from the Computer.

Refer this link for the instruction to transfer the video to the Computer using i.LINK cable.

If you are not getting the DV IN message as soon as the i.LINK cable is connected with the Camcorder then the issue may be with either the Camcorder or with the i.LINK cable.

Try resetting the Camcorder or try with different i.LINK cable. Locate the RESET button behind the LCD screen of the Camcorder. (You will be able to locate the RESET button by opening the LCD Screen. The Camcorder should be switched ON when you reset the unit. Press the RESET button using a sharp-pointed object).

NOTE: Resetting the Camcorder will reset the settings of the Camcorder to the factory settings including date and time. It will not delete any data saved in the Camcorder.

If the issue still persists after resetting the Camcorder and with different i.LINK cable then your Camcorder requires service to resolve the issue.

Good Luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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