How to Connect a Sony Handycam to a Computer

By Nick Miles

Sony’s Handycam camcorders are great video recorders that are available in standard definition, high definition and professional grade setups. Once recorded onto a DV tape, an HDV tape or a hard drive, users have the option of transferring their videos to a computer. This opens the door for video editing, archiving and transferring to a DVD or Blu-Ray disc. Whether you recorded a family vacation or an amateur short film, all the tools are at your disposal.

Things You'll Need

  • i.LINK IEEE 1394 firewire cable

Step 1

Plug in the 4 pin (small) end of the i.LINK cable into the correct port on you Handycam.

Step 2

Plug in the 6 pin (large) end of the cable into the firewire port on your computer. If you have a laptop, you may need a 4 pin to 4 pin i.LINK cable instead of the 4 pin to 6 pin.

Step 3

Turn on your computer.

Step 4

Turn on your camera. You may also need to put the camera in playback mode for the computer to recognize it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure to get the right size firewire cable for your computer. You can get a 4 pin to 6 pin adapter and vice versa if you have the wrong size.
  • Do not disconnect the camera while footage is being transferred as it may case a loss of data.

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