I have a sony camcorder ( DCR- HC 40 E ) and have been trying to creat a VCD from the recorded Mini DV tape on my computer by following the instructions in the manual. Although i am able to view the images on my computer ,I am not able copy them onto a CD .The LCD screen displays `Burn VCD error` and the area for `EXEC` is not active . Can anyone help ?
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I had purchased the laptop with Window Vista Home Premium OS. I am unable to connect my Mini DV Sony DCR HC 40 E through firewire. the laptop doesn't recognise mini DV. Please suggest proper driver & solution
I'm not sure why the camcorder is giving you an error message... but you should know that this "Burn VCD" thing is a pretty nasty hack from Sony.
This will only work in conjunction with the Sony "Picture Package" software.. you have to have that running and properly set up for the video transfer via USB to work. And if it does work, the quality will be horrible -- 1/4 the resolution of you DV images, and arguably worst than VHS tape.
For a real video transfer from any mini-DV camcorder, you need a Firewire connection (Sony calls this i.Link), and a video capture utility (Windows Movie Maker will work, that's included with most versions of Windows these days). A good video package will allow you to convert the DV footage into DVD, which maintains the quality of the DV camcorder's native format.
convert my video images to "PICTURE PACKAGE software" this is for still photos.
If you want video you need a firewire cable and a fire card for your PC.
WinDV is free program that will help as will the info in the link. John