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Camcorder connection to pc

I have a sony hi8 ytv 270e i have had no problems connecting to my pc and editing my holiday films until now. the pc will not aknowledge my camcorder, i plug in via the usb port and nothing no beep all it says is cannot detect device help! its doing my head in. any solutions must be in laymans terms please as i don,t know that much about pcs and i am female many thanks

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Re: camcorder connection to pc

Firstly ensure you are connecting it into the same USB port as last time, as it will look for drivers if in a different port. Also worth checking to see if another USB device is detected in the same USB port(eg usb pen,dongle, game controller etc),if so the port is ok. If still nothing remove camera and lead. If you still have the software and driver cd that you got with the camera, dig it out. If you have the installation cd, look in Start>Control Panel>Add & Remove Programmes and look for the Sony driver or software in the list. Click on the line and then on right hand side click remove. Insert the cd and re-install drivers or let it autorun, and only connect your camera when instructed to do so; or, after the installation has finished. Hope this works, as the connection between camera and pc is either a lead fault or camera input fault if none of above works.

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Please give me a installation cd handycam dcr-trv280 digital-8 digital camcorder

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I want to dowload the video from my HVC Sony Hi8 CCD-TVR138 to my notebook. I haven´t the cable. How can I do it? Sony Hi8 CCD-TRV138 Hi-8 Analog Camcorder

You can get videos from this camera, or any analogue video source, into a computer, but you need more than just a cable. You have to play them into an analogue video interface port. These are available as expansion slot cards for a desktop PC, or as a USB plug-in interface (which is what you need for a laptop). The interface will come with drivers and probably software to digitise the video input and record it to a file. Lots of third party video editing software will also be able to accept the input from this kind of port. You don't need any "driver" related to the camera, it is just a video signal source. The connecting leads will be standard RCA signal plugs, like the ones you use to connect to a TV or VHS recorder. You probably already have a lead for this.

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I have a working TRV81 Hi8 HandyCam and 15 Hi8 tapes I'd like to convert to digital and make ready for edit on IMovie (Mac). Would appreciate any advice....

The only way to do that is to play it in a device that plays Hi8 tapes and somehow converts it to a digital signal (likely through firewire as DV), then capture it to your computer just like a digital camcorder.

There are several ways:
1. Buy a device (like a camera) that plays it, output through RCA cables to your other camera or tape deck that is digital through the line in, and then just record that. (Alternatively, you could put that signal into a DVD-R machine and record onto a DVD, then just copy the files off the DVD, if you don't have a way to capture DV through firewire.)
2. Buy a device that plays Digital8 (same tapes, but miniDV FORMAT) and output directly from the tape through firewire. This means you must buy a SONY (only brand that made [now discontinued] Digital8) camcorder or deck [if decks were made, though those are usually expensive].

So, the simple answer: get a Digital8 camera and capture, or get another digital camcorder and a Hi8 camcorder and play through the digital one into the computer.

Buying a Sony Handycam (OLDER model) will be your easiest option, and probably possible on ebay, etc., for $100-$200.

Short of this, you could look to a friend or a professional solution for just getting the tape copied (like VHS->DVD services exist, there is probably some place you can mail your tape to).

EDIT: I should add: You included "8mm" in your title-- that is a bit confusing. 8mm refers to a few formats. One is film (obviously not what you're referring to), but then there is the older "8mm" tape format; it's like Hi8, but I believe it's actually not the same tape-- unlike Digital8 and Hi8which share a physical medium. I don't think you can get an 8mm -> Digital device, so you'd need to go through the RCA cables, as described above. [And though Hi8 is actually 8mm in width, it's not quite the same as the other "8mm" format... for whatever odd reason someone decided.... frown.gif]
However, I suspect you ARE actually working with Hi8, so this shouldn't be a problem.

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I have sony ccd-trv76e handycam ,i want to transfer all movies i have recorded to my pc how can i do this.

Dear Freind ,
I am also using a good & nice product of Sony TRV 76E analog camcorder .I had converted all my hi8 videos to MPEG 4 format .
I am using a PC with Murcury TV capture card .In camera one AV out jack is available which is connected to murcury TV capture card .First it will recored in AVI format then you have to use one good video editing tool to edit & desird video format . I think your problem has resolved.

Srinivas Nowduri
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I need a usb cable to connect my sony handycam model#ccd-trv138 to my computer

CCD-TRV138 is analog camcorder that can not be connected directly with computer by usb cable, this camcorder does not have any usb port to hook it to computer.
Only digital camcorder/ camera can be connected with computer.
Hope these info will help you.

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What do i need to purchase to connect my sony handycam cdd-trv68

You need to download your movies with a Firewire cable, you must make sure your PC or Laptop has this socket, the marking near this socket on your computer has a 3 bladed windmill picture.
Your cable will set you back about £10 at most good camera shops.

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I have a sony ccd trv 138 hi8

it seams that it has a usb streaming /connection all you need its a driver and a cable to connect it to a computer ..
all I found its a driver for hi8 camcorders but it seams that is for windows 2000 ...anyway some drivers work on xp just fine even if they were build for 2K ...its worth a try ...if not can get a alder cheap computer and keep it with 2000 ( if we dont find the xp driver ) ...just for downloading and operating this camcorder...

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Since my request..Found i could answer my own questions. Brought firewire card with 6 pin socket.Also brought a cable with a 6 pin to fit the firewire card @ a 4 pin on the other end for the camera .Found my install cd. Loaded the USB installation. Got my connection completed between the camera @ the computer.With regard to the tape formats no problems at all.With nero 6 not sure yet.My home movies go back as far as 1989 and the quality is as good as new.Hope SONY don't stop making the dv tapes. With the external hard drives for editing @ storage need an answer for capacity James from Auckland New Zealand.

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Sony analogue Hi8 Handycam as a security camera


You need to have things with you before you can proceed to use it as a security camera. As your's is a analog camera we will require a video capture card connected with your pc/laptop.

After you have one connect that with your pc and pTo get the video into your computer, you need a analogue to digital video capture card....otherwise, connect the camcorder to a CD or DVD player/recorder, and use the CD/DVD as a source for your video editing... Otherwise, you need a later model of SONY "Digital 8" digital camcorder which plays analogue tape, and with this your computer can capture the video via firewire

For details on how to record using a software and video capture card please look at this link---
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Transferring Hi8 to my PC

Download Driver

Install then download and install a video program like movavi videosuite or ulead videostudio (i personally recommend movavi).

Plug in the camcorder and switch it on, put it on play/edit and play the video, press record or capture in the software and let it record!

once the video scene in the camera is done, stop the recording and do what you wish!


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