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No one has given me a correct answer. I'm trying to get a video off my Sony Handycam and download it to my compuer. I have windows 7.

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  • Drivers:
    • The drivers needed to connect your Sony camcorder to a computer and transfer files are already included in the operating system.
  • Not Supported:
    • The USB streaming feature is not supported with the Windows 7 operating system.
    • The Windows 7 Starter edition is not supported.
    1. Connect a Firewire cable to the DV port on the camcorder.
    2. Connect the other end of the i.LINK (firewire) cable to the computer. NOTE: The computer i.LINK ports and capture cards may have either 4-pin or 6-pin connections. Sony digital camcorders use i.LINK ports with 4 pins. If your computer only has a 6-pin i.LINK port, then it will be necessary to use a 4-pin to 6-pin i.LINK cable.
    3. Turn on the digital camcorder by moving the POWER switch to the VTR position.
    4. Cue the camcorder tape to the beginning of the video footage.
    5. Turn on the computer. Your computer should recognize the camcorder and automatically install the driver it needs.
    6. Start the video capture software on the computer.
    7. Begin playing the recorded video in the camcorder.
    8. Begin importing the video with the capture software. It should now be possible to copy the video using the video capture software if the computer hardware and software are configured correctly.
    Hope this helps you.

    Posted on Sep 03, 2010


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