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Topic # 65604 4-Aug-2010 11:26
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Just bought my first camcorder. Before this I have always found digital cameras to do a acceptable job.

As I have never owned a camcorder before, I have a few n00b questions...

Firstly, digital cameras I have had record videos in .MOV or .AVI format, which can be easily copied and played on the computer. What format do handycams record in, and will I be able to see/copy/play a file/s when putting the DVD in the PC?

Secondly, the manual gives 2 options for recording format, "VIDEO" and "VR".

It says in VR any video can be deleted, wheras in VIDEO only the last recorded can be deleted. VR video only works with VR supporting devices, whereas VIDEO works with most players.

If all I intend to do is remove the DVD and put it in my PC to copy and watch videos, will both formats work? From the cam can any video be watched at any point on disc? Whats the better one to go with?

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  Reply # 362851 4-Aug-2010 11:33
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You'll need the actual Sony DVD HandyCam client software to copy from the device via USB over to PC.

We got one, and had to use that method as you can't just simply copy from the mini-DVD to the PC. :-(

I think the HandyCam market is being squashed by FlipHD and the smaller HDcam for short snippet of video clip. Even the some DSLR are quite capable handling HD filming.




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  Reply # 362856 4-Aug-2010 11:37
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chiefie: You'll need the actual Sony DVD HandyCam client software to copy from the device via USB over to PC.

We got one, and had to use that method as you can't just simply copy from the mini-DVD to the PC. :-(


Oh thats not cool. I do not have any software, or a USB cable.

I just assumed it would be easy like a Sony Mavica mini CD digital camera - just take CD out and put into PC and there are the photos and videos easy to copy.


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  Reply # 362905 4-Aug-2010 12:53
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No sorry, not that easy :-/ VIDEO mode can let you play on any DVD player without closing. VR mode I think is "editable" - don't quote me on that. So confusing, which is also why we've stopped "playing" with ours for few years now...

Important thing is, one of the mode doesn't close the media, which will not be readable on the DVD drive.

The USB is mini-USB connection, and I think you can source the driver/software from Sony - have you tried register the device at SonyStyle NZ website to gain access to documentation and downloads?

I don't know where our software DVD is stored at the moment, but at some point later, if I remember and can find it, I'll post a PM to see if you want it.

Otherwise, search online for the specific model you have and see what tools and software it needs.

Good luck.




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  Reply # 368133 16-Aug-2010 11:03
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An update on this. I bought a pile of discs. I decided I would try DVD-RW VR first, DVD-RW VIDEO second, and DVD+RW third.

DVD-RW VR was great, I could delete any cruddy scene later on from the handycam and it would free up space, and that scene could be anywhere on the DVD. I found it very useful for recording various RC videos where about 70% of clips were "wasted space".

The DVD-RW VR disc would play unfinalised in my PC by simply removing it and placing it in PC, VLC and Acer Arcade would play it, Win Media Player would see it but not play it. Same finalised. When I looked at the files, there was 1 folder with 3 files, 1 very large called a VRO. In Acer Arcade I could skip through the scenes. In VLC I could not get the picture to show, not a problem with the disc format, but a setup problem with VLC as it does this with normal DVDs as I have forgotten what setting I need to change to get it to work.

The DVD-RW VIDEO disc, not so good. I can only delete the last scene taken, and its a slower process to do. Cannot just randomly delete scenes anywhere on the DVD. Also inserting the unfinalised DVD into PC shows as a empty disc, so I can't see anything or get it to play. This weekend I will finish the disc off and see what changes once it is finalised. But VR looks like its winning.

If the USB cable these things take is "standard", then I will have one here from a USB floppy drive. I downloaded a program from Sony which looks at a plugged in device and downloads the Sony software for it, BUT it seems the software is ~500MB, so I cannot download it on my 2GB monthly plan as I would run out.

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  Reply # 368137 16-Aug-2010 11:09
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Which city are you at? Have you got the URL of this download? May be someone nearby to your location would be happy to help to download it for you?




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