The fault lies with the company for not creating vista drivers.
but calm down, dude. Is there something wrong with using XP? everyone knows vista is rife with driver issues, surely you didn't ENTIRELY expect something made for XP would definitely work on Vista? That's just a bit naive.
I think the issue here ("I am having problems with the compatability with my sony handicam dcr-30 and windows vista.") is in attempt to acquire drivers or workarounds for the problem.
I myself have a slightly different model, but have heard that using a firewire cable, in conjunction with a mysterious 'work in XP mode' function hidden somewhere in Vista (Ultimate?) has proved to be a success with some Sony Handycams.
This is the sort of thing we're meant to be talking about here, and nobody's gonna benefit from merely bashing the reputation of the company responsible, no matter how frustrating it may be.
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I'm assuming you have tried connecting it to your computer with the proper connector. It said something like no drivers for this. Then installing it (with CD or something) anyways and it said not compatible or something.
First, Windows 7 professional and Windows 7 Ultimate have a "Windows XP mode". So if you have one of those versions you could try this. Otherwise skip to the next part. It may work without it but if it doesn't, just use Windows XP mode. Which you can download here. The Microsoft Windows 7 compatability site also says the DCR-HC-30 is compatible.
Second, are you sure it is a "DCR-30?" I did a quick search on the Sony website, and the only
thing I could find was a "DCR-HC30." There might be a "DCR-30" but
you can try the DCR-HC30 drivers. Which does support Windows 7. It shouldn't mess up your computer installing this driver because it has to be the right hardware, otherwise it wouldn't be in use.
Issue with drivers compatibility with Vista DLL library dont have the correct driver... Well Try to download the correct driver for it
Like This... Just go on Google Exemple download Sony Handycam DCR-TRV14DE drivers for Vista.. then chose the one you need ..for your Vista Good Luck
it's really a common problem, im actually a Sony agent and i've been seeing this problem since win vista OS came up, the problem is that your camcorder needs to import the video live to the computer, what we call " stream". Winsows Vista didnt come with this feature, so what is going to be the solution at the end is to get a different type of connection called "i.link", or weel known as Firewire. That is going to be compatible with your win vista OS computer, OR get a "dazzle" from Pinnacle Studio, they've developed a new kind of connection wich actually alows you to connect your A/V connection (the one that you use for your TV) to this box that converts that to USB, i hope that you can solve your problem with this info.
First you have to install the software.The software is supplied with the handicam in a cd form.You can connect handicam with pc using usb or dv(i link)port.Go to menu in handicam and select usb streaming on.Connect handicam with pc through usb and switch on to vtr mode.In drive C go to programe,sony corpn,DI,capture.Click capure and get capturing window to download your video.