Sony Handycam HC21 problems

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Jen9254, Oct 30, 2005.

  1. Jen9254

    Jen9254 Guest

    I swear-- I'll never buy another Sony product. Everything I've ever
    gotten has been a nightmare-- but I'm stuck with it now....

    I have a Handycam HC21 that I've taken a few videos of my daughter
    with. Contrary to what many other posts have said, I am able to get the
    vdeos onto my computer through the USB cable. I'm not looking to make
    a high quality video-- just archive my daughter growing up (embarassing
    home videos for my future teenager!). But I'm not able to get still
    pictures from the camera; Sony says I need to buy a iLink cable for
    that. When I first set the Picture Perfect software up, I remember
    having a function to capture still pictures from the video-- but now I
    can't find it. Of course, Sony has been less than helpful, and the
    Picture Package website doewsn't help explain how to do it either. Can
    you help?

    Thanks
    A Mom who just wants a cute picture from the Halloween parade!
     
    Jen9254, Oct 30, 2005
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  2. I don't know the HC21, but on my Sony TRV22 (about a year earlier) I was
    able to take "snaps" when replaying the video by pressing the picture-taking
    button at the appropriate time. The snaps were recorded to the Memory
    Stick, and if necessary downloaded to my PC via a (slow) USB cable. (If
    you've mislaid the instructions, you can download manuals from Sony's
    website.)
     
    Malcolm Stewart, Oct 30, 2005
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  3. Jen9254

    Pete D Guest

    For starters the HC21 is the bottom of the pile and does not have a memory
    card, second to get high quality you need to use Firewire to transfer the
    data not USB, USB is only for low quality. RTFM. If you want stills get the
    HC32 or a digital camera.

    Anyway, my #2 son took a HC21 to Thailand and mahaged to get it full of
    seawater, bye bye HC21.
     
    Pete D, Oct 31, 2005
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  4. Jen9254

    kmy Guest

    : I swear-- I'll never buy another Sony product. Everything I've ever
    : gotten has been a nightmare-- but I'm stuck with it now....

    : I have a Handycam HC21 that I've taken a few videos of my daughter
    : with. Contrary to what many other posts have said, I am able to get the
    : vdeos onto my computer through the USB cable. I'm not looking to make
    : a high quality video-- just archive my daughter growing up (embarassing
    : home videos for my future teenager!). But I'm not able to get still
    : pictures from the camera; Sony says I need to buy a iLink cable for
    : that. When I first set the Picture Perfect software up, I remember
    : having a function to capture still pictures from the video-- but now I
    : can't find it. Of course, Sony has been less than helpful, and the
    : Picture Package website doewsn't help explain how to do it either. Can
    : you help?

    : Thanks
    : A Mom who just wants a cute picture from the Halloween parade!

    Not to disappoint you, but the still pictures won't be that good. I have
    the HC20, which is the previous model, as a video camera its great but as
    a still camera it sucked.
     
    kmy, Oct 31, 2005
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