I cannot play any videos on my windows Vista-running PC
I need urgent help, just bought this camcorder and have a new PC which runs Vista (quite powerful). The software that came with the camcorder does not work, but I've tried a number of other software packages to open the videos from by camcorder and every single one crashes and closes. I've tried recording a video with lesser quality, but when I try to open in another software and the same happens. I've tried with Windows media player but it crashes and closes. I need help. Thanks
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Usually what you would do is buy a IEEE-1394 interface card and install it in your PC in an available slot on the motherboard. You can buy these for less than $20 and with a little tech knowledge about PCs many people can install the card themselves. The IEEE-1394 is called i.Link by Sony. If you are running Windows XP, or Vista, the drivers are already installed. Reboot PC and the new card should be recognized. Use the 4-pin to 4-pin firewire cable to connect camcorder to PC. You will need software to capture your video which should have been supplied by Sony with your camera. For Windows 7, you need to install LIVE Photo Gallery. Your camcorder was setup to work with Windows XP so an alternative may be to just find a friend with an older PC with a firewire card already installed running Windows XP. I just did this very same thing on my PC and it worked. Got the firewire card from Amazon.com for $3.95 VIA brand from Taiwan. I used Windows Movie Maker to capture video. Sony also sells a stand-alone DVD recorder which connects to a camcorder and requires no computer to create DVDs of your video.
Hi, I hope this will help you out. What seem to be the problem is that the Media Players hasn't been use for some time, and may need to be (both) " Upgraded and Updated," There is at least a "Service Pack 2" that you should have running. Do the following: Open the Start Menu window, scroll to find "Windows Updates," select to open; Scan / Check for (updates). This may take awhile, I think you will have quite a few updates, be Patience! "Did this solution help?"
Windows media player does not have the video codec to play it. Download and Install DivX on your machine, it has a universal codec and it is free. Once installed try to play it back on Windows media player. You can try VLC player as well.
Firewire works fine under Vista, but it's quite possible your USB to Firewire bridge doesn't have proper Vista drivers. You wouldn't expect Vista to include these, they would be installed from a disc that came with your adaptor. USB to Firewire is a questionable option at best... there are often problems with it. You may be better off with a PC-Card or ExpressCard solution, if the laptop is your only computer.
Also, when the camera says "DV IN", it's expecting video from the PC to be sent to it, it's not in capture mode. Most camcorders must be in either "play" mode, or a special "link to PC" mode in order to even be recognized by Windows (any version) as a video input device.
However, until you resolve the issue of supporting your Firewire device in Vista, nothing the camcorder does will be an issue yet. You should check the documentation that came with your USB to Firewire device, the driver disc, etc. for information on Vista support.