How to Transfer Videos From a Sony Digital 8 Handycam to a PC

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How to Transfer Videos From a Sony Digital 8 Handycam to a PC
Camcorders preserve your memories and let you share them. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Video cameras can capture some of the most precious moments in life. However, transferring these moments from the camera into a peripheral such as your computer can be as important as taking the videos themselves. Without being able to transfer to the computer, you have no way of editing the videos or transferring them onto DVDs or other media to share with family members, friends or even on websites such as YouTube.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • USB cable
  • Windows-based PC

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  1. 1

    Plug the Sony Digital 8 Handycam into your computer's USB port while the camera is turned off.

  2. 2

    Open the flip-out screen and turn on the camera. Select "Computer" on the screen when the "USB Select" screen appears.

  3. 3

    Create a folder on your computer you wish to transfer the video or videos to. Right click on any empty place on your desktop. Select "Create new folder." Open the folder for later.

  4. 4

    Open your "Start" menu and click on "Computer." Click on your video camera on the "Devices with Removable Storage" list.

  5. 5

    Double click on the camcorder folder to open the device on your computer.

  6. 6

    Highlight the video or videos you wish to move to your computer. Move one video at a time, or hold the "Control" key down while clicking the first video. Keep it down and click on each additional video you wish to move.

  7. 7

    Drag and drop the videos from the device's folder into the folder you created in Step 3.

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