The Sony Handycam HDR-SR5 is a high-definition video camcorder that captures the audio and video signals onto a built-in hard drive. This prevents you from being required to purchase new tapes and mini DVDs when you want to capture video content. If you are looking to back up or edit the recorded video, you have one of two cable options for hooking up the device to a computer: a FireWire connection, which is faster than other cables but not available on all computer systems, and a USB connection, which is the next best thing.
Find the FireWire cable connection on your computer. This port is roughly a 1/2 inch wide and a 1/4 inch tall; one side is curved and there is a "Y" icon printed next to it. If you do have this cable connection, use the FireWire cable (sold separately from the camera). If not, you must use the USB connection.
Plug either the USB or FireWire cable into its specific connection port on the Sony Handycam HDR-SR5 (both are marked and located next to each other on the rear of the video camera).
Insert the other end of the cable into either the USB or FireWire port on the computer. Power on the Sony Handycam HDR-SR5 and in a moment the computer states it has detected the video camera.
Double-click the video camera icon on the desktop, if using a Mac. This opens a window with all the captured video files. If using a PC, click "Start," "(My) Computer," then double-click the video camera icon to load the window with all the files saved on the camera.