How to transfer video or still images using a MICROMV™ camcorder

Select the appropriate method to transfer video or still images using a MICROMV™ camcorder:

How to transfer video or still images using a MICROMV™ camcorder with Audio/Video (A/V) cables

IMPORTANT

The computer must have standard Audio/Video (A/V) RCA input jacks and compatible video capture software to complete this procedure.
Because there are many different video capture applications on the market and we cannot reasonably know which video capture software you are using, Sony is unable to provide specific instructions or support for software we do not manufacture.
However, many video capture applications have detailed help files, including specific instructions about capturing and importing video from a camcorder to a computer.
The help files should be available in the Help menu of the video capture software or in a separate file on the software disc. If you cannot find instructions in the help file or on the disc included with your software, consult the software manufacturer for more detailed support information.

  1. Connect an A/V cable to the A/V output jack of the camcorder.

    NOTES:
    If your camcorder has standard A/V RCA output jacks, use standard A/V cables for the connection.
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    If your camcorder has a mini A/V output jack, use an A/V cable with a mini connection on one end.
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  2. Connect the other end of the A/V cable to the A/V input jack on the computer.
  3. Turn on the camcorder to the VCR, VTR or PLAYBACK mode.
  4. Cue the video in the camcorder to the beginning of the video footage to be transferred.
  5. Turn on the computer.
  6. Start the video capture software.
  7. Begin playing the video in the camcorder.
  8. Begin importing the video with the video capture software.

How to transfer video or still images using a MICROMV™ camcorder with an i.Link cable

IMPORTANT
To transfer video or still images from a MICROMV™ camcorder to a computer using an i.LINK® cable, the MovieShaker™ software is required (bundled with your MICROMV™ camcorder. Standard Digital Video (DV) software is not compatible. If you do not have the MovieShaker™ 3.1 software, please contact Sony. Otherwise, you can use Audio/Video (A/V) cables instead.

  1. Connect the camcorder to the computer using an i.LINK® cable.
  2. Turn on camcorder by moving the POWER switch to the VCR or VTR position.
  3. Start the MovieShaker™ software on the computer.
  4. To complete the video transfer process, select the appropriate link below to the MovieShaker 3.1 operating instructions

To capture multiple images (Batch Capture)  

Notes:

  • Capturing stops if the MICROMV™ camcorder is disconnected from your computer, its power turned off, or the videotape ejected from the MICROMV™ camcorder.
  • The "Batch Capture" function is disabled unless the MICROMV™ camcorder is in VCR mode.

  1. Insert a MICROMV™ tape containing video footage into the MICROMV™ device.
  2. Click the Capture tab. The Capture tab is highlighted, and the Monitor panel switches to the Capture tray.
    The Tool panel displays the Index tray where the information of the images (e.g., date and time recorded) on the MICROMV™ device appears.
  3. Click the Scan button. The dialogue box indicating scanning progress appears. When scanning is finished, the completion message is displayed.
  4. Click OK. The dialogue box closes. The thumbnail images are imported from the MICROMV™ device and displayed on the Index tray.

  5. Notes:

    • The Scan button cannot be clicked after all thumbnail images have been imported.
    • If the length of images recorded on a videotape is extremely short, thumbnail images may not be imported even when you click the Scan button.
    • If the information of the images recorded on a videotap differ from the information of the images displayed on the Index tray, turn off the camera and turn it on again.
  6. Select the thumbnail image to be captured, and then click the Batch Capture button.

    Hint:

    • To select more than one thumbnail image simultaneously, click on the desired thumbnail image while pressing the Ctrl key on your keyboard. To select a sequential block of thumbnail images, click on the first thumbnail image, and then click on the last thumbnail image while pressing the Shift key.

    Notes:

    • When you capture images by clicking the Batch Capture button, images are not displayed on the monitor while capturing.
  7. Click OK. The confirmation dialogue box closes, and the dialogue box indicating capturing progress appears. When capturing is finished, the dialogue box indication importing progress appears. When importing all images is finished, the captured files are placed on the Clip tray.

To capture an image while playing it back


You can capture an image manually from a MICROMV™ device and specify desired parts while playing it back on the Movie Shaker monitor. The captured file is imported into the Clip tray.

Notes: Capturing stops if the MICROMV™ device is disconnected from your computer, its power turned off, or the videotape ejected from the MICROMV™ device.

  1. Insert a MICROMV™ tape containing video footage into the MICROMV™ device.
  2. Click the Capture tab. The Capture tab is highlighted, and the Monitor panel switches to the Capture tray.
    The Tool panel displays the Index tray where the information of the images (e.g., date and time recorded) on the MICROMV™ device appears.
  3. Stop playing the video tape just before the point you want to start capturing
  4. Notes: If the MICROMV™ device is in Camera mode, steps 3 and 4 are not necessary.

  5. Click the Play button. The image recorded in the videotape is playedback on the monitor.
  6. When the start point to be captured is displayed, click the Capture button to start capture.
  7. When the end point to be captured is displayed, click the Stop Capture button.
    When capturing is finished, the dialogue box indication importing progress appears.
    When importing all images is finished, the captured files are placed on the Clip tray.
    To capture other images back to back, repeat step 3 to 6.

    Notes: You cannot capture images while they are displayed on the Full screen monitor.

To capture all images that have an index and arrange them on the Product Tray (dubbing)


You can automatically capture all images that have an index contained on the videotape. The captured files are imported into the Clip tray, and then are arranged on the Product tray as scenes (Dubbing).

Notes:
Capturing stops if the MICROMV™ device is disconnected from your computer, its power turned off, or the videotape ejected from the MICROMV™ device.
The Dubbing function is disabled unless the MICROMV™ device is in VCR mode
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  1. Insert a MICROMV™ tape containing video footage into the MICROMV™ device.
  2. Click the Capture tab. The Capture tab is highlighted, and the Monitor panel switches to the Capture tray.
    The Tool panel displays the Index tray where the information of the images (e.g., date and time recorded) on the MICROMV™ device appears.
  3. Click the Dubbing button. The Dubbing – Batch Capturing dialogue box appears.
  4. Click OK. The Dubbing-Batch Capturing dialogue box appears. You can cancel capturing by clicking the Stop button while capturing.
    When capturing is finished, the dialogue box indicating importing progress appears.
    When importing all images is finished, the captured files are placed on the Clip tray and they are automatically arranged on the Product tray as scenes.
    Click Export if you want to export the scenes arranged on the Product tray

Last Updated 23 Feb 2009