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Laptop not recognizing USB connection from HC20

I just installed Picture Package for my DCR HC20 and whenever I connect the USB for the camera and press Burn VCD, it quickly reads : "Error" on my LCD screen. All I want to do is transfer and edit recorded images from my camcorder to my VAIO laptop. But I can't seem to find a way. Please help.

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  • lani671 Feb 12, 2008




    Thanks so much. Since then, I have figured out how to transfer video from my camera to my laptop using Movie Maker. But I HAVE noticed the quality is very poor using the USB. So thank you....I am gonna go ahead and get the firewire like you said.


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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. 

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