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How to import videos and still images recorded on the MiniDV Handycam camcorder to the computer using PMB?

Procedure for importing videos and still images recorded on the MiniDV Handycam camcorder to the computer using PMB.

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IMPORTANT: This solution is applicable only for camcorders equipped with i.LINK jack or "Memory Stick" media slot.

You can import videos recorded on the camcorder by connecting your camcorder to the computer.

You can import still images stored on a "Memory Stick Duo" media by inserting the media into the "Memory Stick" slot of your computer.

Note: The screen design used below may be different depending on the version of your PMB (Picture Motion Browser).


Importing videos on a tape to a computer

You can import videos on a tape to a computer by connecting your camcorder and a computer. 

  1. Connect your camcorder to a power source, then slide the POWER switch repeatedly to select the PLAY/EDIT mode.  
    Use the AC Adaptor as the power source.
    For operating the POWER switch, refer to the Operating Guide supplied with your camcorder. 

  2. Set up your camcorder's menus.  
    The menu settings required depend on the format of the recorded videos and the format you want to use for importing.
    For how to make settings, refer to the Operating Guide supplied with your camcorder.
    The HDV format videos are imported in the HD (high definition) image quality, and the DV format videos are imported in the SD (standard definition) image quality.

    Recorded format

    Format for importing to the computer

    Menu setting

    VCR HDV/DV

    i.LINK CONV

    HDV

    HDV

    HDV

    OFF

    DV

    DV

    HDV

    ON
    HDV -> DV

    DV

    DV

    DV

    OFF

     Note: Windows XP SP2 is required to import HDV format videos.

  3. Insert a recorded cassette into your camcorder . 

  4. Connect the camcorder with a computer using the (non-supplied) i.LINK cable.
    Connect the HDV/DV jack on your camcorder and the i.LINK jack of the computer with the (non-supplied) i.LINK cable.
    For the location of the HDV/DV jack, refer to the Operating Guide supplied with your camcorder.
    The Import from Tape window is displayed.
    Turn on your camcorder, and connect it to the computer using the USB cable.
  5. Start importing the video. 

     
    To import videos automatically
    Confirm that the Import from the beginning of the tape radio button is checked, then click Import.

    To import videos manually
    1. Display the scene you want to start importing from in the monitor window using the Device Control buttons.
    2. Confirm that the Import from the current tape position radio button is checked, then click Import.

  6. To stop the import process, click the Stop Import button.  
    If a blank portion of the tape continues longer than 10 seconds, importing stops automatically.

Note:

  1. Connect an i.LINK cable to the computer first, then to your camcorder. Connecting in the opposite order may cause static electricity to build up, resulting in a malfunction of your camcorder. 

  2. The computer may freeze or may not recognize the signal from your camcorder in the following situations.
      * Connecting your camcorder to a computer that does not support the video signal formats appearing on the LCD screen of your camcorder display (HDV or DV).  
      * Changing the VCR HDV/DV and i.LINK CONV settings on the camcorder's STANDARD SET menu while connected with an i.LINK cable.  
      * Changing the REC FORMAT setting on the camcorder's STANDARD SET menu while connected with an i.LINK cable with the POWER switch set to CAMERA-TAPE. 

  3. The format (HDV or DV) of input/output signal appears on the LCD screen of your camcorder while connected with an i.LINK cable.

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Importing still images from the "Memory Stick" slot of a computer

You can import still images stored on a "Memory Stick Duo" media by inserting the media into the "Memory Stick" slot of your computer. 

  1. Insert a recorded "Memory Stick Duo" into the "Memory Stick" slot of your computer.

  2. Click Start - All Programs - Sony Picture Utility - PMB - Picture Motion Browser
    Picture Motion Browser starts up.

  3. Click Turn on your camcorder, and connect it to the computer using the USB cable..
    Or, select Import Media Files in the File menu.
     
  4. Select Digital Still Camera/Memory Stick (DCF Format), and then click OK.
    The window to used to select the drive/folder for the still images to be imported from/to is displayed.
    Turn on your camcorder, and connect it to the computer using the USB cable.

  5. Click Import
     
     
    Tip: You can import the still images on a "Memory Stick Duo" in the camcorder to your computer by connecting the camcorder and your computer.

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