Question about Sony Handycam DCR-HC20 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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I am trying to download video from my Sony DCR hc22e camcorder to my Medion computor that only has USB ports (no Firewire Connection ports). Sony have suggested a firewire USB adaptor but Maplins and a computor shop say there is no such thing and have sold me a connector that takes the red white and yellow conections and through a box converts these to a USB connection but this hasn't been recognised by either the Movie Maker or PowerDirector software. I have been back to my computer manufacturer helpdesk (medion) and they say there is no possibility in fitting an expansion card to my mother board as the all in one computor I have won't allow this. They did suggest a firewall to USB convertor but the computor/electronics experts I have been to (see above) say this doesn't work. Can you advise please?

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  • tim2783 Mar 16, 2011

    Thanks for your suggestion, my query was in reIation to the DCR HC22E. I have tried the mini USB -USB connection and updated Picture Package supplied by Sony to Picture Motion Browser as my new computer has Windows 7, but unfortunately it didn't work . I went back to Sony helpdesk and they said I would only be able to use the firewire conection with Windows 7 so mini USB connection from the docking port cannot be used. Whilst I have the firewire connection supplied with the cam corder it doesn't have a USB connector on the other end and I am worried about buying a connector/ adaptor as I am not sure, from reviews I have read, that this will be successful and may indeed make things worse.

  • tim2783 Mar 16, 2011

    Thanks again for advice. I have done as suggested (infact my PC had both Moviemaker and Photogallery on it already), but unfortunately when i tried to import the only device that came up was my scanner and even after checking connections and "refreshing" still no recognition of the device which was connected via the USB connector on the docking station and the switch turned to "on"

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The Sony DCR-HC20 Mini-DV is a 2004 model and has both USB and Firewire connectivity. You only need the USB since your computer has USB. The original camcorder was supplied with a proper USB cable having a standard computer connector at one end and a mini usb connector at the camcorder end.

You have to install software/drivers on the computer for your operating system (typically supplied by Sony on a CD with the camcorder) and connect the camcorder to the computer with the USB cable.

You also need DirectX9.0b installed on the computer which should already be there with Windows XP, Vista etc.

See the manual here:
http://pdf.crse.com/manuals/3087936131.pdf

If you need more help just ask.

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    alexander woolfolk Mar 15, 2011

    I see now that two models were noted, the DCR-HC20 and the DCR-HC22E. The dcr-hc22e comes with a Sony Handycam Station which has a USB hookup port and switch for the camcorder. This station allows the camcorder to connect with USB. Set the switch to the USB selection.

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    alexander woolfolk Mar 16, 2011

    OK, with Windows 7...... See this webpage for solution:http://www.codewrecks.com/blog/index.php...

    you need to install windows live movie maker and windows live photo gallery, you can download the live installer and install them both. Then you must open photo gallery ( in windows 7 the DV acquisition module is in photo gallery), go to the file menu and then, import from a camera or scanner.

  • tim2783 Mar 16, 2011

    Thanks for this suggestion. My PC already has Moviemaker and Photogallery installed on it. I have tried to import from my camcorder on photogallery as you suggest but unfortunately it didn't recognise my camera; only recognising my scanner. I checked connections and "refreshed" but no difference. This was using the USB connection on my docking station and with the switch to "on".

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    alexander woolfolk Mar 16, 2011

    If I may suggest one way to at least get your videotapes on to DVD, if that is your goal, you can buy a SONY DIRECT DVD device which needs no computer and connects directly to your camcorder. VRD-MC5 Compact DVD Recorderhttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-VRDMC5-VRD-...

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