How to Use a Sony DCR HC96 Handycam Video Camera

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How to Use a Sony DCR HC96 Handycam Video Camera
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The Sony DCR-HC96 is a miniDV based digital video camera capable of recording standard definition video and audio. The video camera isn't terribly different form other standard video cameras, however if you are new to Sony video cameras, there are a few tips and techniques you need to take into consideration when first beginning to use the Sony DCR-HC96 camcorder.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  • MiniDV tape

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  1. 1

    Press the "Power" button on the back of the Sony DCR-HC96 video camera. Although the image appears on the small eye piece located at the rear of the camera, a larger screen is available by pulling out the LCD view finder on the left side of the camera.

  2. 2

    Press "Eject" and the miniDV tape deck pops out from the right side of the camera. Insert the miniDV tape, face down, into the tape deck, then push the tape deck back into place.

  3. 3

    Press "Record" on the back of the video camera and the Sony DCR-HC96 begins to record. Press the "Record" again to stop recording. Zoom in or out of the footage with the zoom control on the top of the video camera.

  4. 4

    Switch the video camera mode to "Playback" on the back of the camera and press "Play" on the view finder. The content of your video will play back on the LCD view finder. You also have fast forward and rewind controls available.

  5. 5

    Connect the USB data cable to the USB port on the camera when you are ready to import the video to a computer. Plug the USB data cable into a USB port on the computer and load the video editing software. Power on the video camera to "Playback," rewind the tape to the beginning and choose the "Capture" mode in the video editor. You are now set to begin importing the footage.

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