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Sony DCR-HC36

by pjb00stin / October 26, 2008 2:32 PM PDT


i have had this handycam camcorder for about a year.I really like the compact size and all,but when i upload videos onto my computer,video quality isnt good at all.I am not a computer type of guy,so i simply plug the Camcorder into the usb port and upload them.I was reading a review that theres a way to make them clear.can anyone teach me a step-by-step?thank you very much


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Perhaps the problem is....
by Papa Echo / October 26, 2008 7:47 PM PDT
In reply to: Sony DCR-HC36

..that your are USB to connect the camcorder to view the footage on a computer. For a miniDV type camcorder, you need a iLINK(for connection ro a SONY VIAO computer) or Firewire - to connect the camcorder to your computer(which must have a Firwire port). You also need video editing software to "capture" the video footage frommthe miniDV tape in the camcorder - the video editing software will crete a video file in the format mpeg2, from which a video DVD can be authored for viewing on a DVD player. Otherwise, the mepg2 file can also be viewed on the computer using VLC player, WMP, Real Player, Media Player Classic.
However, a file of the .avi format may likely be created instead, and you can use Windows Mwdia Player or Real Player to play it... Find out more about "video editing" by googling.... (e.g. from the .avi file, which is very large, a "movie" can be created in the mpeg2 from, from which a video DVD authored....)

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thank you very much...
by pjb00stin / October 27, 2008 12:10 AM PDT

..for your response.I'm not a computer technical guy,so i dont understand what firewire is?can you send me a link please?will i need a new wire that connects from my camera to firewire?and what video editing sofware is best to convert from the tape to a computer format?

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"can anyone teach me a step-by-step?"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 27, 2008 12:50 AM PDT
In reply to: Sony DCR-HC36

We write in our forum sticky to use firewire. Sadly this small space does not work well as a classroom. Also your post is too light on details so I can't tell if you can use a firewire card and cable from or and get going for under a few bucks.

Please try and ask it "How to transfer minidv to my PC?"

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