How to Copy From the Sony Handycam 92E

Written by darrin meyer
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The Sony DCR-DVD92E Handycam is a video camera that uses DVD as a recording medium, which classifies it as a digital camcorder. However, it lacks the digital iLINK output found in similar cameras to send the video and audio signal to a computer or other devices. Still, it does provide ways to connect the camera to a computer, DVD recorder or VCR to transfer and copy its content to another medium, either by using the A/V output, or with the use of the recorded disc itself.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Camcorder-to-composite RCA audio/video cable (supplied)
  • Video editing software (i.e. Windows Movie Maker, Nero or Roxio)
  • Composite RCA-to-USB adaptor (optional)
  • Recordable DVD or VHS tape

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    To a Recorder

  1. 1

    Connect the camcorder-to-composite RCA cable from the A/V output on the lower front side of the camera to a composite input on the front or rear of a VCR or DVD recorder, matching the yellow, red and white connectors to the proper colour-coded inputs.

  2. 2

    Use the VCR or DVD recorder's remote control to tune the device to the selected input (i.e. L1 or L2). Open the disc cover on the camcorder and load the disc you intend to copy into the camera. Close the disc cover and slide the power switch down to set the camera to playback mode.

  3. 3

    Locate the particular file(s) on the DVD you want copied, if more than one title exists on the disc. Insert a recordable VHS tape or DVD into the intended recording device, and set any particular recording settings that may apply.

  4. 4

    Press "Play" on the camcorder and "Record" on the recording device copying the video. Press "Stop" on both devices when you reach the desired end point.

    To a Computer

  1. 1

    Connect the camcorder-to-composite cable from the A/V output on the camera to your computer, if your computer's video capture card features a composite input. If it does not, purchase a composite-to-USB adaptor and use it to attach the cable to an open USB port. Or, eject the DVD from the camcorder and insert it in your computer's CD/DVD-ROM drive, after finalising it first (unless using a DVD+RW format disc).

  2. 2

    Open the video editing/DVD burning software program of your choice, such as Windows Movie Maker, Nero or Roxio. Select the proper command to import the video, either from the camcorder or the DVD.

  3. 3

    Locate the particular file(s) on the DVD you want copied, either on the camcorder's LCD display, if importing from the camera, or from the disc menu, if using the DVD. Press "Play" on the camcorder and "Begin Recording" or the similar command for that program to begin importing the video. If using the DVD, follow the on-screen commands for the software program to begin ripping the DVD.

Tips and warnings

  • As the DCR-DVD92E uses mini (8cm) DVDs for recording, transferring video to a standard-sized (12cm) DVD can allow you to play the content in a greater number of DVD players.
  • Consult your owner's manual for further connection and operating instructions for the DCR-DVD92E.

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