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HD Video Capture Problem Hi, I am not very familiar with the sony HDR-HC3 camera and video capture. I need your help in video capturing HD to my pc, I have do everything by the book but it still does not work! to simply the process I created a figure (link below) which explains the hold process and what hardware I have. If you have the time to take a look and find a solution I will be very greatful for this as all my family moments are at risk. The problem I think lays in the PC not the camera or software. It maybe is the i.Link cable but it's listed in device manager (see link) but not in the taskbar area! is there some option in my pc hardware or DOS setup for this! 1) Do I need to install camera pulg-in drivers for the HDR-HC3 camera! 2) Do I need a video capture card for the HDR-HC3 camera! thank again, stewart

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    I think i have the same problem. When i try to capture, the computer says there is a problem with the video capture driver.



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Which software package are you using? My brother was able to solve the HD capture problem by using Adobe After Effects.

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I searched under HDR-HC3 firewire driver and got the above link.

It says the following:


The problem was a missing MSDV.SYS file.

Actually, on the Sony site it says that no additional drivers are required to connect the camera in Windows XP, Vista, or 7.

But, the user of this camera and firewire noted that he was having trouble convincing windows of this.
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The problem would appear to be your audio settings.

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Alternatively, if you are trying to capture the audio via your soundcard (not recommended as it can cause sync problems) you will need to make sure that the 'line in' channel in enabled in the Windows mixer:

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