How to Connect a Sony Handycam to a Computer

Written by nick miles
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Sony's Handycam camcorders are great video recorders that are available in standard definition, high definition and professional grade setups. Once recorded onto a DV tape, an HDV tape or a hard drive, users have the option of transferring their videos to a computer. This opens the door for video editing, archiving and transferring to a DVD or Blu-ray disc. Whether you recorded a family vacation or an amateur short film, all the tools are at your disposal.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • i.LINK IEEE 1394 firewire cable

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  1. 1

    Plug in the 4 pin (small) end of the i.LINK cable into the correct port on you Handycam.

  2. 2

    Plug in the 6 pin (large) end of the cable into the firewire port on your computer. If you have a laptop, you may need a 4 pin to 4 pin i.LINK cable instead of the 4 pin to 6 pin.

  3. 3

    Turn on your computer.

  4. 4

    Turn on your camera. You may also need to put the camera in playback mode for the computer to recognise it.

Tips and warnings

  • Be sure to get the right size firewire cable for your computer. You can get a 4 pin to 6 pin adaptor and vice versa if you have the wrong size.
  • Do not disconnect the camera while footage is being transferred as it may case a loss of data.

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