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Problem downloading to PC

We've had this camera for quite some time and we've never had any problems getting the video from the camera to the PC...we recently used it again for our daughters 1st birthday and tried to download the video but we can't get the PC to recognize the camera. When plugged up, it doesn't even make the typical noise for finding new hardware. We've tried 2 different firewire cables and put them in both front and back jacks, but with no luck. Can the port on the camera go bad? If so, how can we get it fixed?

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Re: Problem downloading to 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!


Posted on Jul 15, 2008

Re: Problem downloading to PC

The camcorder was connected to one of my PC's 2 front-panel FW jacks. These are split off of a single internal FW connector on a FW/USB2 PCI card. When I connected the camcorder to the single rear FW jack, it worked. The PC
recognized the camcorder, and never lost recognition of it, unlike with the front-panel jacks, where it was recognized, but then was lost within seconds. I'm guessing that either the front-panel jacks are not working properly, there's a loose or weak connection somewhere, or splitting the single internal FW connector in 2 weakens the signal to the point where the
PC won't consistently recognize some FW devices.

In any case, I was able to capture my first 2 hour tape w/o a hitch. 1 down,
29 to go... ;-)


This was their problem  goes back to 2005

I'm trying to digitize videos from some old Hi8 tapes onto my PC using the A/D pass-through ability of a Sony DCR-TRV310 Digital8 camcorder that I borrowed. I tried this on my office XP Pro PC today with a standard 6-4 pin Firewire cable, and it worked fine using Microsoft Movie Maker (the latest
version on SP2). But when I tried to do this on my home PC (also XP Pro and running SP2), it only recognized the camcorder for a few seconds, then it disappeared from Device Manager.

Is there any reason this is happening? I went to the Sony site to see if I needed to download newer drivers, but there aren't any for this camcorder. I tried another FW cable, but that didn't help. Asking Device Manager to scan for new hardware doesn't help. I'm kind of stumped here. This worked on one
PC (as well as an OSX iMac), but not another PC.

Any clues?


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