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How do I import videos on a tape to a computer using Play Memories Home?

How to import videos on a tape to a computer

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  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.
    How to operate the POWER switch may differ depending on the model. Refer to the instruction manual that was supplied with your camcorder for product specific information.

  2. Set up your camcorder's menus.
    NOTE: This step only applies for camcorders with High Definition image quality.

    The menu settings required depend on the format of the recorded videos and the format you want to use for importing.
    How to set the correct settings may differ depending on the model. Refer to the instruction manual that was supplied with your camcorder for product specific information.

    NOTE: When importing videos is the HDV format, the videos are imported in High Definition image quality. When importing videos is the DV format, the videos are imported in Standard Definition image quality. 

    Recorded format

    Import format

    Menu Setting

    VCR
    HDV/DV

    i.Link conv

    HDV

    HDV

    HDV

    OFF

    DV

    HDV

    ON
    HDV => DV

    DV

    DV

    DV

    OFF


  3. Insert a recorded cassette into your camcorder.

  4. Connect the camcorder with a computer using the i.LINK cable.

    Connect the HDV/DV jack or DV jack on your camcorder and the i.LINK jack of the computer with the i.LINK cable.
    NOTE: The location of the HDV/DV output jack might differ depending on the model. Refer to the instruction manual that was supplied with your camcorder for product specific information.

    The [Import from Tape] window is displayed.

  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

  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.

    NOTES:
     
     
    • 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.
    • 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 ormats 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.
      • Switching the POWER switch of your camcorder while connected with an i.LINK cable.