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Old Sony DCR-HC38 camcorder

Last response: in Windows 7
December 25, 2012 4:17:13 PM


Is there a way for an old Sony DCR-HC38 camcorder be connected to windows 7?

a b $ Windows 7
December 25, 2012 4:21:19 PM

Hi :) 

Try it and see...

All the best Brett :) 
a b $ Windows 7
December 25, 2012 4:24:35 PM

should be possible

though you will need capture software

and possibly a capture card if it doesnt show up as a removable drive
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December 25, 2012 4:29:15 PM

Hi Brett :) 

Window 7 doesn't respond when I use the USB port. I even tried my old iLink which Win7 also doesn't support, pls. correct me if I'm wrong, but to no avail. Is there a driver of some sort that can help me with this?

December 25, 2012 4:35:49 PM

What capture software would you suggest I try for this?
a b $ Windows 7
December 25, 2012 4:38:30 PM

do you want to use it as a capture device?

or do you need to get video off it thats already on it?
December 25, 2012 4:44:43 PM

It's the latter.
a b $ Windows 7
December 25, 2012 4:46:56 PM

how does it store the video?

built in memory?


memory card?

December 25, 2012 4:50:38 PM

Sadly, the Sony DCR-HC38 stores the video in a mini-DV tape.
December 25, 2012 4:57:16 PM

Oh, I see, my camcorder is too old that there's no driver for Win7. I wish there's another way.

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a b $ Windows 7
December 25, 2012 5:01:23 PM

no--windows 7 will have a generic driver for it

but not the usb streaming driver to copy the tape to the pc

and sony wont provide that for some reason

if you can connect it by firewire then download the 2 xp softwares on the support page

and install them in compatibility mode for windows xp

then you should be able to copy the tape

if that wont work then you need a capture card or usb capture

and capture software
December 25, 2012 5:09:45 PM

Okay, I think I still have the Firewire cable and port from my old XP. Should I bother to install and try that or it will just be a waste of time? I mean, is there a different card for Win 7?

Edit: Okay, I haven't read your last reply when I sent this.
a b $ Windows 7
December 25, 2012 5:15:37 PM

if you can connect it by firewire

then windows movie maker can probably import it for you

does your pc/laptop have a built in firewire port?

if you have an old pci firewire card it might work in windows 7 or it might not

if its stuff you really need then there are shops that will do it for you

but they are quite expensive

if some one on this forum was near to you with the proper equipment they might do it as a favour

the stuff i use for my cctv cameras would be capable of doing it
December 25, 2012 5:25:51 PM

No, my desktop doesn't have a firewire port.
I better try to install my old pci firewire card, since I have one, and hope it works.
I'll try to follow your instructions here.
You gave me a lot of info.
Thank you so much for your time.
December 25, 2012 5:27:08 PM

Best answer selected by georgeblues.
a b $ Windows 7
December 25, 2012 5:29:04 PM

you are welcome

and merry xmas :) 
December 25, 2012 5:35:36 PM

The same goes to you, and all the Christians in the forum. :)