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new camcorder (moved by networkguy)

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Editing Forum' started by foad123, Aug 28, 2004.

  1. foad123

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    i have just bought a new camcorder, sony DCR-HC18E.i was wondering how do you download the data on the tape onto the computer because it doesnt say how to do it clearly in the manual.
     
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    also it is possible to use the camcorder as a webcam and how?
     
  3. matiano

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    In relation to getting the data onto the comp, you require a firewire board and lead. This doesnt come as standard on most PCs but can be picked up from any PC store at not too severe an expense. If it one of the Sonys that claims it has USB streaming whilst this is true to an extent the quality is hideous and often there is no sound, firewire is the only way. Once you have got that set up its nice and easy to transfer the data as the PC should pick it up when you plug it in!
     
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    Yep! as stated the only way to get DV footage onto the PC at full quality is via a firewire connection (aka ieee1394, DV port, iLink). It is just a matter of buying (if not already on your PC) a PCI card with the firewire ports and plugging this into the MoBo. The card will be supplied with the correct cable (4 pin to 6 pin firewire cable) to connect the cam to PC and as long as you are running Windows 98SE or later it will all be picked up by Windows without the need to install any drivers etc.
    It is then just a matter of useing some editing software to capture and edit the footage. If you have Win XP then you already have a very good editing package that comes free with XP called Movie Maker. Make sure you have the free upgrade to MM2 from the MS web site. Full instructions on useing this can be found at www.papajohn.org

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    as for webcam use - if the cam does support this, and most of the new Sony cams do, then the software will be supplied on the CD that should have come with the cam. Just connect by USB to the PC and run the software.

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