View Full Version : downloading digital tape to computer

12-14-2004, 01:06 PM
i have just bought a sony handycam dcr-hc14e
i have just attempted to download film from the digital tape onto my laptop via a standard usb. the results were poor (missing frames, no volume).

should i be downloading via my dv out or via a fire wire for better results.

when i download from my sony cybershot (memory card) i have none of these problems.

i am confused as to the whys and the solution.

any help much appreciated

thanks in advance

12-14-2004, 01:41 PM
This probably isn't the correct forum for your question, because it is devoted to still digital photography, but I'll give it a try. I have a Canon Mini DV camera, and it specifically says to use a Firewire port for downloading to the PC. It works very well for me. Give Firewire a try, and see how it works.

12-14-2004, 01:45 PM
Thanks that helps.

12-14-2004, 05:50 PM
USB for Stills

Firewire for Video

it's interesting to hear (more like read) what happens to a video when attempting to download via USB. I didn't even know it was possible. I wonder why the manufacturers dicided to force the use of Firewire for video instead of giving the option to use both Firewire and USB. i know USB might be too slow for many users, but hey, lots of people are still using Dial-up right?