Question about Sony Handycam DCR-HC42E Mini DV Digital Camcorder
I connected the Sony DCR-HC42E unit to dell vostro laptop, installed with Windows Vista Home Premium, through i-link cable after installing PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Ver.5.6.02. When the link "Import from Tape (Handycam)" in PMB ic clicked, getting message "Cannot find the Handycam (Tape) Check the i.LINK connection to the Handycam." Checked correct installation of driver for IEEE-1394 port on laptop. Need help for correcting the problem.
SOURCE: i.link cable for sony handycam
i-link it Sony's name for Firewire or IEEE1394. Any PC retailer and many online retailers sell the PCI cards (if you are using a desktop) or an adapter card if you are using a laptop. Before I give further details, it would be worth knowing if you are using a laptop or a desktop PC. Also, what country are you in - that would help identify potential suppliers.
The card and the adapters can be bought for around £10 - £20, and can be fitted easily. I don't know how much a computer store would charge - would guess around £30 - £40.
Firewire is also used for external hard drives, i-pods etc so it's probably worth having the ports at your disposal anyway.
Get back to me with further info, and I can point you more accurately in the right direction
Posted on Dec 02, 2008
SOURCE: i link in DCR-HC 54 models
try to go here and download the driver or just look for your model and download on that link. install it to your pc.
try also here
Posted on Aug 24, 2008
SOURCE: cant transfer videos to pc
If you want to use the USB cable to connect the Camera 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 Computer.
Refer this Link for the instruction to transfer the video to the Computer using i.LINK cable.
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.
(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.
If you do not have the supplied Software disk then I suggest that you use the i.LINK cable to transfer the video.
If you are using an i.LINK cable then:
The Camcorder will flash the DV IN message as soon as the i.LINK/Firewire cable is connected to the Camcorder.
If you are getting the DV IN message then it indicates that the Camcorder recognize the connection.
If you are not getting the DV IN message as soon as the i.LINK cable is connected with the Camcorder then the issue may be with either the Camcorder or with the i.LINK cable.
Try resetting the Camcorder or try with different i.LINK cable. Locate the RESET button behind the LCD screen of the Camcorder. (You will be able to locate the RESET button by opening the LCD Screen. The Camcorder should be switched ON when you reset the unit. Press the RESET button using a sharp-pointed object).
NOTE: Resetting the Camcorder will reset the settings of the Camcorder to the factory settings including date and time. It will not delete any data saved in the Camcorder.
If the issue still persists after resetting the Camcorder and with different i.LINK cable then your Camcorder requires service to resolve the issue.
Posted on Sep 18, 2009
Mostly with these cameras you do not need driver (unless you use a USB cable) but like me you have firewire okay? so you should unplug your camera, turn your PC off for a min or two, plug camera in THEN yes THEN put your PC on, and the Win 7 will see your camera and loads setting it needs auto ok.
Posted on May 29, 2010
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