driver for DCR-HC42

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by info, Sep 9, 2006.

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    info Guest

    I own a Sony DCR-HC42 camcorder I purchased about a year ago. I didn't
    install any software, since I didn't need it at the time, and I don't
    like to gum up my computer with extra software. I intend to use Adobe
    Premiere and Nero to make my DVDs, so I don't need all the fancy movie
    making stuff that was supposed to come with the camera, I just need a
    USB driver so Premiere can recognize the camera.

    Now that I'm ready to capture the video off my camcorder, I went to
    download the driver so I could capture the video, and there isn't one
    available! When I spoke with Sony support, they said I must purchase
    the Picture Package software CD that was supposed to come with the
    camera for the outrageous cost of $70!

    There's a pretty good chance the CD did come with the camera, but that
    was a year ago, and it is long gone. I never supposed I wouldn't be
    able to download what I needed to use a piece of HARDWARE. I even
    still have the User's Manual and the receipt.

    Anyone know the proper USB driver to get my computer to recognize my
    camera, and somewhere I could download?

    Thanks, Amanda
    info, Sep 9, 2006
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  2. Amanda wrote ...
    Your camcorder likely uses Firewire, not USB to
    download video into your computer. If you have a
    recent computer/operating system (it is always
    helpful to disclose what you are trying to use),
    you should not need any driver. The computer
    should allow Premiere to recognize the camera.
    Richard Crowley, Sep 10, 2006
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    Kip.Robinson Guest

    I own the exact same camera and I am having the exact same problem. I
    found that you can download the USB driver for the DCR-HC40. That
    allowed the camera to work when I put it into "USB Stream" mode. But
    standard USB mode and Firewire are just not working for me. I know it
    is not my Firewire cable or the port on my PC, because I have used a
    friend's Panasonic DV camcorder over my same Firewire cable.

    If anyone knows a solution to this (that doesn't involve ordering a $70
    CD) I would really really like to know!!
    Kip.Robinson, Oct 3, 2006
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