How to Download Video From a Sony Handycam to a Computer

Sony manufactures a series of digital camcorders under the brand name Handycam, with various features and benefits. The Handycam contains a hard drive for storing video and audio, which can be downloaded to a computer with a standard USB cable connection. Once transferred to a PC or laptop, the original footage can be deleted from the Handycam to make room on the hard drive.

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Use a USB cable.

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Shut down the computer and turn off the Handycam.

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Connect the USB cable from the port on the back of the Handycam to any free USB port on the computer.

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Turn on both devices and wait for the "New Hardware Detected" message to appear on the computer screen.

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Open the Handycam software by double-clicking the name of the program on the computer.

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Click "Add File" to open a list of MPEG-4 video files stored on the Handycam. Select the desired videos, which will be listed numerically unless previously saved with a name on the Handycam.

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Click "Import from Handycam" to transfer the video files to the computer, where they can be stored, edited or burned to a disc (on computers equipped with a DVD burner).