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DCR DVD 201E Handycam and Windows Vista

HI I need help. I own a DCR DVD 201E Handycam which worked no problem using windows xp but now I've got Windows Vista the software won't work. I've been in touch in Sony and Pixela who make the Image Mixer software without any luck. Sony suggested that i got in touch with Microsoft to find out what driver I need to download but I tried that and still haven't received a response. Pixela and never got back to me. I've tried doing searches for the drivers both on the sony europe website and using google but there doesn't seem to be any vista drivers listed for my handycam model. Does anyone know where I can find the windows vista driver or where I can get an up-to-date Image Mixer software which is compatible with windows vista?

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  • Anonymous Apr 07, 2008

    I have the same problem, I think it is more to do with IMAGE MIXER not being compatable with Vista at present. I'll keep looking, will let you know if I find any alternative software to use.

  • Anonymous Jun 12, 2008

    I need drivers for my Panasonic PVGS15 fpr Windows Vista.

  • palmwag Jul 20, 2008

    Have Sony Handycam DVD201E.Cannot get Windows Vista Software to communicate with camera image mixer ver.1.5

  • shanrazdan Jul 24, 2008

    yes i have the same problem i have the cam coder camerda DCR DVD 201E but the software is not compatable vwith window vista. i want the solution for the same

  • tanthuan77 Jul 30, 2008

    i have the same problem and still looking for the driver to fit Window vista

  • Anonymous Sep 19, 2008

    I have DCR DVD 201E Handycam and USB driver for windows Me/2000/XP.Now I have window vista, therefore I required USB driver for the same.

  • jgowjgow Dec 01, 2008

    same problem with imagemixer


  • Anonymous Dec 17, 2008

    same problem here too

  • J_RATH Jan 30, 2009

    I have DCR-DVD-201E and have the same model. Sony should help the uses of this moder to find out a solution


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I have the same problem; however there is a workaraound. If you plug your camcorder in to your usb drive and power on so that the Vista Plug 'n' Play can automatically install a driver for using as an external drive (bit like a usb stick)

When you go to my computer you will see an extra drive explore and see no files!

Well in the camcorder itself, there is a function to finalise the disc, perform this action and you should be able to see the files including the dvd menu files on the disc in my computer.

Drag and Drop to your computer. And use with what ever Software you want to.

This could also depend on the recording format you have set in the camcorder.

Hope this works for all.


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Same problem with windows 7 and a DCR-DVD201E
the driver don't want to install : run the driver setup in windows xp compatibility mode admin mode, works well on windows 7, guess on vista too.
image mixer is really slow and crash most of the time, I don't have yet a solution because I can't find an update for the v 1.5

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  • afipc Sep 08, 2010

    Image mixer 1.5 is fully functionnal on a windows 7 home premium after test, but have to get it in XP compatibility mode. (and probably admin too)

    And you have to install the cam driver, if not, image mixer doesn't recognize the cam.

    it seems that you have also to set the destination directory of the captured videos to another than program files, because after a test of copy, the video is not in the directory (maybe in virtual store?)

    sony gives a remplacement software, but this model isn't listed in the list, see


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I am having the same problem. I have a Sony dcr-trv740 and I too believe it's a problem with Image Mixer and Vista. I have version 1.5 imagemixer and was looking online. I found a version 3.0 available for $60 or so (can't remember exactly). I have been in touch with Sony and also got no help. I'm still looking as well...

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