When I purchase the TRV8 a number of years ago, I had a PC desktop with an installed video card and I was able to transfer my videos to my PC via a firewire cable. Now, I no longer have the desktop PC or the video card. I have a Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop with MS XP. I have tried to connect the TRV8 with a USB cable but XP reports it can not find the USB driver. I have also tried to connect the TRV8 via the 4-pin 1394 cable. Still, applications such as Windows Movie Maker or Vegas Movie Studio do not recognize my camera. I can not add a specific video card for video transfer and editing, my laptop does not recognize my TRV8 is connected by any cable, I can not find any drivers so I am wondering what my options are for video transfer. Is there a solution out there for me? Thanks in advance for your attention to this issue.
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Re: Sony DCR-TRV8 video transfer problems
The USB drive for Sony CAM you can download from Sony web but the USB will not allow you to transfer video from your CAM only for memory stick
However if you have firewire input on your Laptop, have you? normaly if you have firewire input on your laptop as soon as you connect your CAM it will detect automatic either with windown movies maker or with Nero
Sometime the firewire from CAM defect I repaired a few of them with this problem
Can you conect this CAM to another computer or try different cable ?
Or tell me exactly what input you have on your laptop such firewire input, PCMCIA slot
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I'm sorry for the difficulties you're experiencing in transferring videos from the Camcorder to the Windows 7 Operating System. The USB streaming driver for the Camcorder is not available for Windows 7 OS from Sony at this point. Hence it is not possible to transfer videos using USB interface. You may use i.LINK or A/V interface to transfer videos from the Camcorder to the Computer which is running on Windows 7 Operating System. If your computer does not have the i.LINK port, you may purchase an i.LINK capture card to resolve the issue.
Please follow the steps to transfer video to a computer using an i.LINK connection (IEEE 1394).
IMPORTANT: Video capture software and a compatible video capture card must be installed on the computer. Depending on the computer manufacturer, various video capture cards and software (Adobe Premiere, Roxio Video Wave, Microsoft Windows Movie Maker, etc.) may be available or already installed on your computer. If necessary, contact the manufacturer of your computer for further information.
NOTE: Many Sony VAIO computers are bundled with Sony DVgate Motion or DVgate Plus software for video capturing. Some VAIO computers also include Click To DVD software that will allow video capture to the computer hard drive or directly to a DVD.
Connect an i.LINK cable (also known as IEEE 1394) to the i.LINK port on the digital camcorder.
Connect the other end of the i.LINK cable to the computer.
NOTE: The computer i.LINK ports and capture cards may have either 4-pin or 6-pin connections. Sony digital camcorders use i.LINK ports with 4 pins. If your computer only has a 6-pin i.LINK port, then it will be necessary to use a 4-pin to 6-pin i.LINK cable.
Turn on the digital camcorder by moving the POWER switch to the VTR position.
Cue the camcorder tape to the beginning of the video footage.
Turn on the computer.
Start the video capture software on the computer.
Begin playing the recorded video in the camcorder.
Begin importing the video with the capture software.
It should now be possible to copy the video using the video capture software if the computer hardware and software are configured correctly.
Thanks for understanding. Please let me know if you require any clarifications.
If your camera has FireWire, you can install a FireWire card, Or USB "Dongle" into your PC, Or you can install a TV/Video "Capture" card Or USB dongle, to your PC, then using Video Capture Software, essentially, making the PC into a DVR, you can then record, and save it to disk, and then you can do with it whatever you wish.
It is very simple. Install a Firewire (IEEE1394) card in PCI slot (if you don't have any video capture card) and connect DCR460E camcorder to PC through iLink cable. You need a video editing software like Ulead Video studio, Pinnacle studio or any other to be installed in your PC. Then go to capture mode of that programme and capture transfer video to PC hard disk. Windows movie maker is also do the same. For editing and better special effects you should use hihger versions of ulead or pinnacle. Thank you.
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After researching various flexible cable numbers from different posts, I found that the SR-200 uses a unique cable, FP-610, part number 187145711. This has been discontinued and replace with part number 187145721 (same cable also used in DCR-SR300).
If you are in doubt with your camera, just take it apart up to the point of seeing the ribbon cable. The part number is printed on the side.
You should be able to hook up through usb or firewire. If your computer has a firewire port on it you can but a firewire cable that works with your camera and then use windows movie maker to capture the video footage. You can then burn it to a dvd.