Sony Handycam DCR-HC20 can't ttransfer to PC and burn to disc
I've downloaded the driver, set camera to "stream on" then "Burn VCD", and I get an error message that says "check connected device. I feel like I'm either missing software, or several steps to get this to work.
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THERE IS ANOTHER WAY TO MAKE VCD. GO TO MOVIE MAKER. CONNECT HANDYCAM TO PC AND PLAY THE VIDEO. ON MOVIE MAKER START CAPUTURING THE IMAGE. A WORD OF CAUTION. GO TO VIDEO SETTTINGS AND SELECT 640 X 320 RESOLUTION FOR BETTER QUALITY VIDEO OUTPUT AND VIEWING. WORKS GREAT. THE PROBLEM OF NOT ABLE TO DETECT DRIVE POSSIBLY IS DUE TO THE CD/DVDW NOT IN THE LIST OF DRIVES DETECTED BY PICTURE PACKAGE. THE PROBLEM HAS BEEN REPORTED FOR LAST MANY YEARS AND NO DEFINATE SOLUTIONIS FOUND ON THE NET.
I'm not sure why the camcorder is giving you an error message... but you should know that this "Burn VCD" thing is a pretty nasty hack from Sony.
This will only work in conjunction with the Sony "Picture Package" software.. you have to have that running and properly set up for the video transfer via USB to work. And if it does work, the quality will be horrible -- 1/4 the resolution of you DV images, and arguably worst than VHS tape.
For a real video transfer from any mini-DV camcorder, you need a Firewire connection (Sony calls this i.Link), and a video capture utility (Windows Movie Maker will work, that's included with most versions of Windows these days). A good video package will allow you to convert the DV footage into DVD, which maintains the quality of the DV camcorder's native format.