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Sony HDR-XR260VE - downloading to a portable hard disc

by yorickk / October 19, 2012 1:19 PM PDT

I have a Sony HDR-XR260VE Handicam with a Hard Drive. I have found an annoying feature in an otherwise excellent product. When downloading from the hard disc in the handicam to an external portable hard disc it appears that this can only be done once. After downloading (it was done at the Sony shop when I purchased the special connector required to connect the handicam to the portable disc) I subsequently reformatted the portable disc to NTFS so I could use it for another purpose. Later I tried to use it again on the handicam. It reformatted to FAT32 ok and also created the necessary folders but downloaded nothing because there were no new videos. I found that I could still download to a PC again but do not want to carry a heavy laptop around with me everywhere! This means that if for some reason the portable hard disc fails or is lost it is not possible to download to a new one.

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Sony HDR-XR260VE - downloading to a portable hard disc
by yorickk / October 20, 2012 1:27 PM PDT

I have to retract my earlier rant about being able to download to an external portable hard drive only once. It is partially true. I took another look at the user manual and realised that the copy function can also be used to copy selected videos to an external hard drive. On connecting the external hard drive to the camera the automatic reformatting still occurs and if a video has already been automatically downloaded the camera then displays a message "No Images". From here select the X and then select the Menu, followed by the Edit/Copy function. After that select the Copy function and follow the prompts. This allows individual videos and photos to be selected and copied to the external hard drive.

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Sony HDR-XR260VE - downloading to a portable hard disc
by yorickk / October 23, 2012 10:04 PM PDT

I have at last found out what is happening.

If the videos are recorded in say HD format but the camera is later changed to SD format the HD videos do not display on the playback screen. It is necessary to change the format back to HD to be able to see and play the HD videos. In the Copy/Edit function after selecting Copy the screens asks which device to copy to. I selected External HDD. The screen then asks what is to be copied ie HD videos, SD Videos etc. Only those videos in the format selected will be displayed thumbnails). The videos are actually in the Stream folder the other folders contain info which launches the Sony PlayMemories software on the PC when the external HDD is connected to the PC. Note also that if the external HDD is still connected when the playback button is selected there will be two copies of the video thumbnail displayed. One is from the external HDD and the other is from the camera HDD. There is no indication which thumbnail is which (other than by playing them - if its the one on the external HDD the light will flicker on the external HDD as it normally does) so it is important to disconnect the external HDD before deleting any of the videos on the camera HDD.

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