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How to Transfer Video From Sony Handycam Onto PC

Updated February 21, 2017

By using a video camera, you can capture life's important events in all its movement, colour and sound. Sony's entry into this recording arena is with the Handycam series, which started with tape storage before progressing to hard disk and Mini DV formats. One hallmark of this device is the ability to quickly transfer recordings from camera to a computer using the PC operating system and without the need of an external capture program.

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  1. Turn off the camcorder before connecting it to the PC using the included USB.

  2. Turn on the camcorder and open the flip-out screen. The USB Select screen appears. Tap Computer on the screen.

  3. Double-click the My Computer icon on your PC desktop. The My Computer window opens to reveal the camcorder as a new storage device. If the camcorder is not appearing as an icon, try turning it on and off and selecting Computer on the flip-out screen once more.

  4. Double-click the Camcorder icon to open it. A list of stored videos appears. Click to select the video that you want to transfer.

  5. Press the Ctrl and C keys to copy the video.

  6. Use My Computer on your PC to browse to the folder in which you want to store the copy. (If needed, create a new folder.) Double-click the folder to open it.

  7. Press the Ctrl and V keys to paste the copied video into the folder. If needed, right-click the video and choose Rename to give the video a more meaningful name.

  8. Tip

    Older Handycam versions may lack the copy-and-paste feature. Instead, you need a capture program such as Windows Movie Maker to transfer the video. After connecting the camcorder to the PC, choose the Capture menu from the program, then, from the Handycam, play the video you want to capture. The video is transferred frame-by-frame to the software. You can then stop the capture from the software and save the resulting file to your hard disk. Other Handycam models may use a FireWire than USB port. You'll need to connect this to a corresponding and FireWire port on your PC using an appropriate cable. Though FireWire proponents may boast of that format's superior quality and speed, in reality, the difference with USB is negligible. A true advantage of the FireWire port is that it allows control of camcorder functions from the PC capture program.

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About the Author

Aurelio Locsin has been writing professionally since 1982. He published his first book in 1996 and is a frequent contributor to many online publications, specializing in consumer, business and technical topics. Locsin holds a Bachelor of Arts in scientific and technical communications from the University of Washington.

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