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Rod
How do I connect my Sony Digital Handycam to my PC
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on Dec 31, 2004 at 6:58:19 pm

I'm buying a new PC, and want to be able to conenct my 4 year old Sony Handycam to it as the input for video editing. The Handycam is a DCR-TRV103 model, Digital 8, and has an S-video output as well as a DV out/in port that can accept an i.LINK cable.

What do I need on the new PC to accept input from this camera? Is it an IEEE1394 port or something else? And will a Firewire card handle the Digital 8 input via the i.LINK cable?

Thanks!


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John Q
Re: How do I connect my Sony Digital Handycam to m
on Dec 31, 2004 at 7:59:47 pm

While you can connect your s-video and digitize it separately using a PC video digitizer, your video is already digital in the camcorder, so all you need is a firewire board, like the ADS Pyro. The Pyro works, but I found I got tired of waiting for video to render, so I upgraded to a Matrox RT2000 and later to an RT.X100 to give me realtime effects.

One thing you will need is a separate hard drive on your secondary IDE port to store your video files. Make it large, as DV uses 13 GB per hour of video.


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Kenneth Daves
Re: How do I connect my Sony Digital Handycam to m
on Dec 31, 2004 at 11:42:12 pm

If your i.LINK cable is 4-pin at both ends, then you may need a 4-pin to 6-pin cable to connect to most computers with IEEE-1394 ports. Sony Vaio's are the only ones I know of that have the 4-pin i.LINK (IEEE-1394) ports.

You should be aware that your camcorder came out before Windows XP did and is not listed as being XP compatible by Microsoft.


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John Q
Re: How do I connect my Sony Digital Handycam to m
on Jan 1, 2005 at 4:39:30 am

I used to have a TRV-103, and it worked with Windows 2000 with the Pyro and RT2000 cards and with Windows XP with my RT.X100.


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Kenneth Daves
Re: How do I connect my Sony Digital Handycam to m
on Jan 2, 2005 at 1:38:10 am

Okay, then what is needed is a firewire cable.


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