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Cant get my sony handycam dcr-pc55e tape on my pc .

I have a sony dcr-pc55e and i am having a problem trying to get the dv tape of my home movies on to my pc i was told to use a firewire card and cable to get the movie on my pc with the best quality results . The thing is that it does go to my pc for a short while and then it says that the camcorder has been disconnected but it has not , i have tried a number of times and it happens every time but never at the same point of the tape , i have also tried different programes and they all do the same thing . I am using a 4 pin to 6 pin firewire cable . also the quality that it has saved is not all that great anyway . Please can anyone help me i am pulling my hair out !!! ( PS I HAVE PHONED UP SONY BUT THEY ARE NO HELP , THEY HAVE GIVEN ME LOTS OF PHONE NUMBERS TO CALL BUT NOBODY CAN HELP ME .)

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  • Anonymous Jul 03, 2007

    Thanks for your help but i am using a ac adaptor when i transfer the tape to the pc , but i will try it again with it changed from 5 min to never . sony have just told me that the problem could be that i am using a 4 pin to 6 pin cable . i dont know if that's right but i will buy a new firewire card with 4 pin port , and a 4 pin to 4 pin cable like they said and have another go . i will try and let you know thanks again james

  • Anonymous Jul 14, 2007

    sorry i am new to this , i thought that was ok to say thanks for trying , i did not want to put that it was solved as it was not solved and i still wanted help , but thanks anyway i have changed itto almost there , sorry again jimmer

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Hi, I was wondering if you are using the AC Adaptor while downloading video? When you are not operating the camera, it will shut off automatically after approximately 5 minutes. This is to save the battery. It can be changed in the Standard Set menu: The item is called A.Shut Off. This can be changed to Never. Otherwise, I would use the AC cable if you aren't already.

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    That's the problem with this website. People NEVER give you enough information and then they give you a poor rating because you didn't read their mind.

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