20 Most Recent Sony Handycam DCR-HC40E Mini DV Digital Camcorder Questions & Answers


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I found a solution installing the generic Sony USB driver in Vista Ultimate using compatibility mode (Windows XP SP2).

Sony Handycam... | Answered on May 30, 2012


It means the camera has detected that the battery is not genuine or not compatible. sony batteries has the data chip that provides the 'info' in infolithium.

check with the vendor who sold you the battery.

Sony Handycam... | Answered on Sep 21, 2011


-set the year as first shown using or by touching the up or down arrow in the lcd screen then press ok to switch to month.
-do the same thing with the day( always use the up or down arrow located in the lcd screen to change the numbers then touch ok to confirm.

Sony Handycam... | Answered on Jun 21, 2011


This particular error usually signifies a stuck internal lens.
Try this:
Turn the camera off Hold the camera face down over a hard surface (Like you are going to take of your desk) with only about half an inch above the surface.Turn the camera on
Let the lens extend into the hard surface, don't let it extend all the way. Lift the camera away from the hard surface and notice that the error message is gone.
E:61:00 means "Difficult to adjust focus Inspect the lens block focus reset sensor"
The simple solution to fix that error message was to the let the lens fully extend and give the lens a good whack. Possibly this error message for this means, that the auto focus motor was past the maximum set point

Sony Handycam... | Answered on May 15, 2011


The USB streaming driver for the Camcorder is not available for Windows Vista OS from Sony at this point. Hence it is not possible to transfer videos using USB interface. You may use i.LINK or A/V interface to transfer videos from the Camcorder to the Computer which is running on Windows Vista Operating System.


Please follow the steps to transfer video to a computer using an i.LINK connection (IEEE 1394).


IMPORTANT: Video capture software and a compatible video capture card must be installed on the computer. Depending on the computer manufacturer, various video capture cards and software (Adobe Premiere, Roxio Video Wave, Microsoft Windows Movie Maker, etc.) may be available or already installed on your computer. If necessary, contact the manufacturer of your computer for further information.

NOTE: Many Sony VAIO computers are bundled with Sony DVgate Motion or DVgate Plus software for video capturing. Some VAIO computers also include Click To DVD software that will allow video capture to the computer hard drive or directly to a DVD.

  1. Connect an i.LINK cable (also known as IEEE 1394) to the i.LINK port on the digital camcorder.


i.LINK Cable.


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i.LINK port.


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  1. Connect the other end of the i.LINK 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.

  1. Turn on the digital camcorder by moving the POWER switch to the VTR position.
  2. Cue the camcorder tape to the beginning of the video footage.
  3. Turn on the computer.
  4. Start the video capture software on the computer.
  5. Begin playing the recorded video in the camcorder.
  6. 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.



Sony Handycam... | Answered on Mar 05, 2011


Sounds like time code breaks.
If you stripe the tape (record in one continuous run with the lens cap on and audio off) this will assist greatly.

Sony Handycam... | Answered on Feb 17, 2011


With the firewire cable, you can use Windows Movie Maker to download videos from practically any digital camera with firewire connection (Sony called i.Link).

Sony Handycam... | Answered on Feb 09, 2011


Use a firewire cable to connect the camera to the PC. Open Windows Movie Maker on the PC.
Capture the required footage.

Al

Sony Handycam... | Answered on Feb 08, 2011


Follow this procedure to troubleshoot if there is no picture or a black screen appears in the viewfinder or LCD when attempting to record.
NOTES:
* Because each of these steps represents a possible solution to this issue, check the viewfinder or LCD status after completing each step.
* It may be necessary to refer to the operating instructions provided with the camcorder for information on how to perform a task on your specific model.
1. Ensure the lens cap on the front of the camcorder has been removed.
2. Ensure a fully-charged battery is inserted in the camcorder.
3. Ensure the STANDBY/LOCK switch is set to the STANDBY position.
4. Turn on the camcorder and set it to the CAMERA mode.
5. Look to see if an image can be seen in the viewfinder or LCD.
IMPORTANT: Some camcorders have both a viewfinder and LCD. To conserve power, the viewfinder and LCD will not display at the same time. To use the viewfinder, the LCD must be closed.
6. If the issue is not resolved, reset the camcorder to factory specifications.
NOTE: If the issue is still unresolved after completing the troubleshooting steps, service may be required .

Sony Handycam... | Answered on Dec 23, 2010


There is a tutorial and other material relating to this issue on the Sony werbsite, at THIS LINK

Sony Handycam... | Answered on Nov 21, 2010


You connect it via hdmi or usb. Amazon. com sells any cables you need at a very reasonable price.

Sony Handycam... | Answered on Sep 16, 2010


Hi!
The flat LCD cable which goes through the hinges has broken - a common problem with many Sony camcorders. You will have to give it to Sony for repair.
I work for Sony.

Tom

Sony Handycam... | Answered on Oct 09, 2009

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