20 Most Recent Sony Handycam DCR-TRV18E Mini DV Digital Camcorder Questions & Answers

A-V cable will be like below picture having 3 RCA pins Yellow Red & White colors.

Sony Handycam... | Answered on Nov 07, 2013

when mechanism pops out to eject, wait until it completly comes out, deattache battery immediately, and Pull lever as per below mentioned picture. Cassette door will be open and place cassette. Close it and attache the battery. Camera is ready to Record or Playback.


Sony Handycam... | Answered on Oct 02, 2012

Please click here to download the Manual of the Camcorder. Please let me know if you require further assistance.

Thanks for using Fixya..

Sony Handycam... | Answered on Feb 01, 2012


It appears from this chart that your camera is not compatible with memory larger than 128M

Sony Handycam... | Answered on Sep 18, 2011

IOpen Windows Movie Maker and try again.

Sony Handycam... | Answered on Mar 26, 2011

On page 230 of the user manual, it describes how to transfer movies from the camera to a computer using an i.Link (IEEE 1394) cable. You will need the 4 pin i.Link cable and an IEEE 1394 connector on your computer in order to do this. You cannot use the USB cable to transfer the video from this camcorder -- you can only transfer still images using the USB cable.
You will have to buy this i.Link cable and (if you don't have a IEEE 1394 port on your computer) a IEEE 1394 adapter card for you desktop computer. If your laptop computer doesn't have a IEEE 1394 adapter, then you're pretty much out of luck.
Once you have the i.Link and 1394 issues resolved, then Movie Maker should then recognize the camera.

Sony Handycam... | Answered on Dec 31, 2010

OK, well using the USB port can work well if the software you are using, can communicate with the "Driver" for the camera. What you need to do, is, obtain and install the Editing software from manufacturer, and the Driver too. Then install that software and then install the video driver for your camera too., (If you do not have the CD/DVD that came with the camera, or the software you can generally get it at the manufactures website or Google for it) After installing the Drivers, then this will allow, the manufacturers program, and "Other" various DVR Digital Video Recording softwares to "Record" your videos, to the HDD, as say an MPEG 4 Format, whatever.. Usually the "Driver" installed is DirectX compatible, and as such, can be used by any program that accepts this input. So basically, you plug in the camera, start the DVR program, then click record, on the program on the PC, and then press "Play" on the Camera.. the software will "Record" the incoming data.
However often, the drivers and Windows don't mix, or the driver will only work with certain software and CODECS, well there is a way around this and that is to get a USB TV"Video input DVR dongle, quite inexpensive, how using this you can hook up to the camera's Video & Audio OUT, and connect to the INPUT of the USB Video input device. and using the software that comes with the USB dongle you can record the incoming Video/Audio stream, as Digital Video, and save to the HDD, and that can be burned or whatever, later on.
Remember to install the same CODECS on the PC, that the camera uses, and "Saves" in. This will be in your manual.

Sony Handycam... | Answered on Jun 15, 2010

Hi there,

Firstly you need the remote control that came with your camera (RMT-814).

Switch on your camera to VCR mode. Then on the remote, press the Data Code button (and of course, point the remote towards your camera). This should display the date and time in the bottom left of the screen.

It should display the appropriate date and time for each bit of recorded video.

Hope this helps!


Sony Handycam... | Answered on Jan 10, 2010

Have you try cleaning the tape path? If not, run a cleaning tape and see if it helps.

Sony Handycam... | Answered on Dec 27, 2009

How about windows movie maker? It is free and it's part of the windows xp.

Sony Handycam... | Answered on Dec 08, 2009

So, what did you use firewire or USB? If you want to use SUB you will have to install proper driver, by the way, I wouldn't even try USB, quality is horrible. Best way to capture video is firewire (IEEE1394). You will not need to install any drivers for firewire connection if your PC equipped with firewire card.

Sony Handycam... | Answered on Dec 01, 2009

Turn off computer. Turn ON computer and immediately hold down Apple+option+p+r. after 4 chimes let go. You are going to be using the Firewire cable. once the camera is on and plugged into computer go to : apple> about this mac> more info click on Firewire. on the right hand side you should see your camera. Now if you don't its either the Firewire port on camera or the cable it self. to further isolate. Get your older computer. leave off. plug the firewire cable into both computers. Now the older computer that is turned off. TURN ON and immediately hold down the " T " on keyboard. ON the polder mac, your screen with have like a "Y" icon.. its a Firewire icon. Now look on the other computers desktop, do you see a yellow or blue hard drive on desktop. IF you do.. ITS your camera because we just tested your cable and both ports and they are working. Now try the USB cable and see if its detected by computer by going back to Apple system profiler and see if the computer is detecting it

Sony Handycam... | Answered on Aug 16, 2009

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