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    • raddy59
    • By raddy59 19th Oct 19, 3:28 PM
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    Old camera with Mini DV - download problems?
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    • 19th Oct 19, 3:28 PM
    Old camera with Mini DV - download problems? 19th Oct 19 at 3:28 PM
    I have an old Sony Handycam (DCR-HC22E)
    There are some old Mini DV tapes in the box I had forgotten about, of my boy when he was young (I can view them on the camera)
    I want to download them to my PC, but the latest Sony software doesn't do the job (I never ever used it to be honest) using the USB link cable.
    Is there an easy way or a bit of kit I can get to retrieve the vids, they are priceless...
    Last edited by raddy59; 19-10-2019 at 3:55 PM.
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    • Neil Jones
    • By Neil Jones 19th Oct 19, 3:52 PM
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    • 19th Oct 19, 3:52 PM
    Windows Movie Maker (if you have it) will apparently do it:
    https://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/support/camcorders-tape-camcorders/dcr-hc22e/articles/00108201
    • raddy59
    • By raddy59 19th Oct 19, 4:18 PM
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    • 19th Oct 19, 4:18 PM
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    • 19th Oct 19, 4:18 PM
    Thanks Neil - but my windows 10 PC doesn't have firewire unfortunately
    • Inner Zone
    • By Inner Zone 19th Oct 19, 4:35 PM
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    • 19th Oct 19, 4:35 PM
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    • 19th Oct 19, 4:35 PM
    Thanks Neil - but my windows 10 PC doesn't have firewire unfortunately
    Originally posted by raddy59

    "In case computer is not originally equipped with an IEEE 1394 port, several solutions are available on the market to add a port to the computer in the form of add-on PCI cards (in case of desktop computer) or PCMCIA cards (for portable PCs equipped with PCMCIA extension slot)"
    • raddy59
    • By raddy59 19th Oct 19, 4:41 PM
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    • 19th Oct 19, 4:41 PM
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    • 19th Oct 19, 4:41 PM
    IZ - it'll probably be a one off just to digitize 3 tapes. Maybe I'll take it to a 3rd prty to do the job. I had thought of getting a AV/Out to USB cable? It sounds too simple
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 19th Oct 19, 4:57 PM
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    • 19th Oct 19, 4:57 PM
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    • 19th Oct 19, 4:57 PM
    IZ - it'll probably be a one off just to digitize 3 tapes. Maybe I'll take it to a 3rd prty to do the job. I had thought of getting a AV/Out to USB cable? It sounds too simple
    Originally posted by raddy59
    Costs under £10 for a PCIe card; https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1394A-Firewire-Card-Adapter-PCI-e-1X-IEEE-4-Port-3-1-With-6-Pin-To-4-Pin-IEEE/401905176033

    How much do you think you will be charged by a third party for transcription?
    • raddy59
    • By raddy59 19th Oct 19, 5:01 PM
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    • 19th Oct 19, 5:01 PM
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    • 19th Oct 19, 5:01 PM
    Looks like I'll have to take the back off my pc - Yoiks! I'm really not comfortable with that
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 19th Oct 19, 6:08 PM
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    • 19th Oct 19, 6:08 PM
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    • 19th Oct 19, 6:08 PM
    Looks like I'll have to take the back off my pc - Yoiks! I'm really not comfortable with that
    Originally posted by raddy59
    Full model details? It's usually the side or the top.. Never seen the back come off a PC.
    • Neil49
    • By Neil49 19th Oct 19, 7:04 PM
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    • 19th Oct 19, 7:04 PM
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    • 19th Oct 19, 7:04 PM
    I'm pretty sure that you could find a company locally who could do the job for you professionally.

    It may cost a bit more than purchasing the appropriate card to fit into your pc but as it's a one off job it could be worth it.
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 19th Oct 19, 8:24 PM
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    I'm pretty sure that you could find a company locally who could do the job for you professionally.

    It may cost a bit more than purchasing the appropriate card to fit into your pc but as it's a one off job it could be worth it.
    Originally posted by Neil49
    Why could it be worth it?? What would you consider "a bit more"? What is a bit more than £10?
    Don't you mean "a lot more"?
    'Professionally' in which way?
    It all sounds a bit vague.
    Perhaps you could post a link to a company that has the service, so we can look into what they might charge
    • raddy59
    • By raddy59 20th Oct 19, 7:26 AM
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    Everywhere - its actually a laptop HP Envy....
    • chrisw
    • By chrisw 20th Oct 19, 8:27 AM
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    Why could it be worth it?? What would you consider "a bit more"? What is a bit more than £10?
    Don't you mean "a lot more"?
    Originally posted by EveryWhere
    My local computer place charges £5 per tape so 3 tapes would be £15.

    Granted, that's 50% more than £10 but I couldn't be bothered to sit there watching the tape go round and round for that price.
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 20th Oct 19, 2:14 PM
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    My local computer place charges £5 per tape so 3 tapes would be £15.

    Granted, that's 50% more than £10 but I couldn't be bothered to sit there watching the tape go round and round for that price.
    Originally posted by chrisw
    £5 per tape is a good price. That is not the kind of price that I would expect. Of course, you would need to trust them with your media.
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    Have a look for a USB video grabber. You can play the DVDís camera into it using the yellow and white phone cables. The device will then load them as digital files on your PC.
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 20th Oct 19, 5:25 PM
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    Have a look for a USB video grabber. You can play the DVDís camera into it using the yellow and white phone cables. The device will then load them as digital files on your PC.
    Originally posted by Jonjoe2019
    No........
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