20 Most Recent Sony Handycam DCR-PC9E Mini DV Digital Camcorder Questions & Answers


You probably need the old-style memory sticks, as this is a fairly old camera, or an adapter. See this article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memory_Stick Adaptors are cheap : http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Memory-Stick-Pro-Duo-Adapter-/251482939281?pt=UK_Photography_MemoryCardReaders_RL&hash=item3a8d8d1f91 is but one example, there are lots for sale out there or your sony shop may have one. You may have to check to see if the camera is capable of reading and writing to a card of 4GB size, but as you have already bought it, it's worth a try. Hope this helps.

Sony Handycam... • Answered on Sep 05, 2014


I have a DCR-100, which is basically the same camera, and had the same problem after I hadn't used it for about 5 years. After running a cleaning tape through it four times it became much clearer, but sometimes, reviewing my equally old tapes the pixellation/distortion reappeared spasmodically. I ran the tape at FF to the end, and then back again. Seemed to fix it. I think after a long period of disuse the recording heads oxidise and it takes quite a bit to clean them. As to why loosening up the tape works - no idea!

Sony Handycam... • Answered on Aug 29, 2014


Hello Liliana- You can get from Amazon or Sony direct, perhaps even Wal-Mart. My favorite place is on eBay. You can find much better prices there if you search using your cameras make and model number. Some may be Chinese manufactured, but I have never had any problems with the chargers and cords purchased there.

Sony Handycam... • Answered on Apr 01, 2014


ah need firewire(1394)get add on card for pc (usualy usb &fire wire)

Sony Handycam... • Answered on Sep 27, 2013


Make sure the volume on your camcorder is turned UP. Also make sure the cable wires are properly connected.

Sony Handycam... • Answered on Sep 24, 2011


Hi there,

You will need to connect the Handycam to the desktop computer using the cable that was supplied with the product when purchased. You will also need to install the software that came on a CD/DVD with the Handycam when purchased. This will allow you to "rip" the video from the tape to your hard drive on your desktop computer.

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Sony Handycam... • Answered on Sep 15, 2011


There are 2 ways to connect this camcorder with computer.
If you computer has DV Input (it also calls IEEE1394 port) then connect DV Cable in iLink/ DV port in camcorder and computer to transfer video files from MiniDV tape.
Please note that USB port can not be used for video files transfer in this camcorder.
If computer does not have DV Input port then install DV Card in computer to get above said connection setup.
Other/ alternate way is to get USB Video Capture Device, connect AV output of camcorder in it and plug it in USB port of computer then save video/ movie files in computer.
Hope these info will help.
Thanks.

Sony Handycam... • Answered on Aug 12, 2011


I believe this camera has a firewire/iLink connector.
Using a firewire cable will allow you to not only transfer videos, but will also let popular video editing software control your camera for ease of use!

As for the driver, your camera is specific to latin america.
You might try to download this program which is a licensed sony product, but will be in spanish. It may have drivers built in, which will allow your pc to properly recognize your device in other programs.

Sony Handycam... • Answered on Feb 23, 2011


Hello mark....the fact that this is a new problem makes me think it could be a bad batch of tapes. That said, this is a common complaint with the sony handycam...

Read on for more -
Standard definition camcorders like yours have a couple of issues that you need to learn to work around.

1) It is a hard disc camcorder - like it or not, even in high quality mode, the compression of the MPEG2 files is very high. The compression all by itself will cause issues. You need to use a video editor that can deal with the compression better than whatever you are using. Decompressing with a decent codec will make huge files on your computer. After you are done editing, you will compress - especially for uploading to video sharing sites. Vimeo.com has good suggestions.

2) These sorts of cameras interlace the video signal lines. This is from the TV video days... at 480i alternating lines of the video are produced on the screen. When you are exporting the finished video, your video editor should have the ability to export de-interlaced video. Use that option.

3) Don't capture video with the camcorder hand-held. Humans were not built to be steady. Use some sort of steadying device. Tripod, chair, shoulder mount system, ground, anything - but not handheld... or practice not moving. At all. And practice a lot. Also, if the image stabilization selection in the camcorder's menu is off, turn it on - though it is probably on. There is no camcorder's image stabilizing that can correct lots of movement/vibration. Capturing anything with any action (whether you are moving accidentally or on purpose or the subject is moving and the camcorder is tracking it) is going to give you challenges - especially with a hard disc drive based camcorder (flash memory, too).

4) The software that comes in the box wih any consumer camcorder is useless and unnecessary. In your case, go ahead and dump it from your computer. You will need some sort of conversion software utility to convert the video you capture so your video files cant be edited... I like StreamClip
http://www.squared5.com/
Windows based video editors like WMV files. After editing, exporting as an AVI or MP4 will help.

Sony Handycam... • Answered on Feb 06, 2011


it indicates that it is charging,but no display on the screen

Sony Handycam... • Answered on Jan 15, 2011


You cab still use it, simply obtain/use a Video/Audio INPUT card or USB "Dongle".

Then all you need to do is get some AV cables, Yellow, (Video) Red & White, (Stereo L&R) & connect then up color to color. Install a Digital Video Recorder, have it all cuesd up, then Press Play on Handycam and Record on the PC's DVR, and your in business.Once saved you can then do whatever you wish, burn DVD's manipulate in a video program whatever.

Either that or try installing the "Old" drivers as Administrator, and with Compatibility mode set for XP SP2. This may work.

OR Install a Virtual machine, & install XP and use the driver inside the VM, there are many posts on how to do this online. It's easy to do and works fine.

Sony Handycam... • Answered on Dec 18, 2010


Sony have a tutorial for your camera on how to copy video to a computer, plus downloads, FAQs, and other info at THIS LINK

Sony Handycam... • Answered on Nov 28, 2010


thats it your head drum is dirty and need to be clean
you can try a cleanning tape or maked cleaned by a tech
or you can do it your self if you know how to do it
hope that will help
regards Alan

Sony Handycam... • Answered on Oct 17, 2010

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