20 Most Recent Sony Handycam DCR-HC38E Mini DV Camcorder Questions & Answers

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I purchased a Pinnacle Dazzle

Sony DCR-HC38E should have an interface called 1394, or the firewire. so you need to use a FireWire cable to connect it to your computer's firewire interface, some laptops have it built-in, If you don't have one on your computer, you can either purchase a IEEE1394/FireWire adapter, which should be under 100 or even $50.
Connector Type1.0 x Composite video/audio output , 1.0 x S-Video output , 1.0 x USB , IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK)
9/9/2011 2:10:12 AM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Sep 09, 2011
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Sony handycam dcr-hc38 tape door wont close. fault

Try this if you are tech savy, if not you may want to take it to a person to have it fixed or send it off to sony.

1. unplug camcorder AC cord
2. remove fat battery from back of camcorder
3. remove slim battery from under the LCD (it's the size of a nickle coin)
4. wait 2 minutes
5. plug AC into the camcorder
6. flip the camcorder into VTR mode
7. tape should automatically eject
Found at : http://www.camerahacker.com/Forums/DisplayComments.php?file=Video%20Camera/Sony/DCR-TRV350_tape_wont_eject_C.32.11.html
5/31/2011 9:19:08 AM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on May 31, 2011
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How do i make a ieee port on the computer to

Well you need to buy the Fire Wire Card from PC World, the card pushes into the side slot and then at the back of your PC you will see the Fire Wire port you now have, you will need a standard Firewire cable and then your all set.
4/11/2011 3:24:26 PM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Apr 11, 2011
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My firewire port is broken. Is there another way to transfer?

No. You can probably buy one inexpensive at the eletronics store.
11/20/2009 8:23:26 PM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Nov 20, 2009
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I do not have a firewire port in my laptop. How to transfer video

Use PCMCIA Firewire card.
11/14/2009 1:41:57 PM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Nov 14, 2009
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DCR-HC38 computer not recognizing camera

Option 1:

If you want to use the USB cable to connect the Camcarder to the Computer to transfer the video to the Computer then:

(Applicable for Vista Operating System Only.)

This Camcorder does not support USB streaming with the VISTA Operating System. Use an i.LINK cable to transfer the video to the Computer. The i.LINK port is also called IEEE 1394 or Firewire port. (An i.LINK is a black D shaped connector with 4 or 6 pins. The type of cable to be used will depend on the i.LINK port of your Computer. The Sony Camcorder will have the 4 pin i.LINK cable and if the computer has the 6 pin i.LINK port, then you may have to use the 4 pin to 6 pin i.LINK Cable).

You can use any video capturing software like Windows Movie Maker to transfer the video from the Camcorder to the Computer.

Refer this Link for the instruction to transfer the video to the Computer using i.LINK cable.

http://www.kb.sony.com/selfservice/documentLink.do?externalId=C111893


NOTE: As the Camcorder does not support USB streaming with Vista, it is not required to use any Sony Device Driver to transfer the video to the Computer. You do not require any Drivers or Software from Sony to transfer the video from the Camcorder to the Computer using the i.LINK/Firewire interface.

Option 2:

(Applicable for Windows XP Operating System only):

If you are using a Windows XP Operating System then you have to install the USB Streaming Driver in the Computer from the supplied Software disk with the Computer.

Check this Link for the instruction to transfer video to a Computer using USB Streaming.

http://www.kb.sony.com/selfservice/documentLink.do?externalId=C222820

If you do not have the supplied Software disk then I suggest that you use the i.LINK cable to transfer the video.


Good Luck!!!!!!!!!!!!
10/1/2009 5:45:04 AM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Oct 01, 2009
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Lost manual. How to download video to computer?

Hello,

I have the manual for SONY DCR-HC38E, can you reply to this post please with your email address, I will send you the manual as attachment.
9/12/2009 2:21:01 AM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Sep 12, 2009
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Sony DCR-DVD200 camcorder not turning on after trying to fix it.

The best thing you can do now is to take it to a specialist and get them to do the repairs. Camcorders have a lot of electronics in them and can be easily damaged if your a not an experienced repairer. You might also have to consider that this camcorder might not be repairable.
4/13/2022 7:57:16 AM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Apr 13, 2022
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Handycam CCD-TRV70 Hi8 camcorder. Why is it suddenly playing all tapes fuzzy, with no audio?

The record / playback heads probably need cleaning, using a compatible cleaning tape. Failing that, it is either damaged or broken.
1/5/2021 11:43:05 PM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Jan 05, 2021
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Blue screen on TRV260 playback

TRV260 nail-polish head attack: eek. Acetone is a powerful solvent capable of dissolving plastic parts, plastic gears, housing and insulation. Besides that, it leaves a residue of microscopic crystals which have probably contaminated the highly-polished metal head drum. Not to mention gumming up the bushes and bearings. With your next camera, rather use a head-cleaner DV-tape.
12/20/2017 4:11:58 PM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Dec 20, 2017
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Sony dcr-hc62 won't record

Memory stick could be fubar. I have a bad sd card that I can record to and will work. Then a few days later the data is corrupted, and I have to reinstall it / same pattern. Try another stick to verify that it is the stick and not the camera electronics.
9/20/2017 10:43:11 AM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Sep 20, 2017
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