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Tips on how to import videos that taped in Sony HandyCam DCR-HC40

For some reasons I lost my handycam’s accessories and even the software, and I asked around for help on import videos recorded on Sony DCR HC40, and I did googling/yahooing for the helps and even http://esupport.sony.com, not much luck. After chatting with one of my friends and he sugguests me to buy a USB from Frys’. Finally I bought a USB Digital Audio/Video Cable, however, there are still many steps left for me to figure out on how to get my videos out from the camcorder. After some hours of search, here is how I get it work with Windows Movie Maker on Windows XP:

  1. Buy a USB Digital Audio/Video Cable, I got Accell UltraCam from Frys’, you probably can even order it from online stores. Note it has a USB Mini-B connection on one end and PC/USB USB-A connection on another. Here is the picture of the cable:
  2. Download USB driver from http://esupport.sony.com. Here are steps on how to get and install the driver:
    1. Go to http://esupport.sony.com
    2. Type in your Sony Camcorder’s model number (DCR HC40) in the section of “Go directly to your Model Home” in the middle of the page, and click “Continue”
    3. On the model home page, locate “Driver & Software Updates” which should be located at the lower right side of the page, and click the link
    4. So now you are on the page of “Driver & Software Updates“, scroll all the way to the bottom of the page, and click “Everything” tab, select your operating system from the dropdown, mine is “Microsoft Windows XP”, the content under the dropdown list should be changed to contain Device Driver
    5. Click the download image corresponding to the Device Driver row to download the driver, and save the file to a location that you can easily find
    6. After finishing downloading the driver, double click the downloaded file to open it and extract it to a directory
    7. Go to the directory that you just extracted the fine to, and double click “setup.exe” and this will install the driver to your system. After installing it, you need to restart your computer so that the installation will take effect. So now you are half way to the finish line
  3. Set up your camcorder for USB streaming:
    1. Power on your camcorder, and switch to Play/Edit mode
    2. Press “P-Menu” or whatever camcorder menu you see on the LCD screen to bring up the menus
    3. Select “Play/Edit” or “Edit/Play” and press/touch it to show the sub-menus
    4. Scroll down/up untill you see “USB Ply/Edt” and select it
    5. From the list of submenus select “USB Stream“, this will enable USB stream
  4. Start Windows Movie Maker, if you don’t have it you must install it somehow
  5. Select “Capture Videos” from “Movie Tasks” located at the left side of the window. If you don’t see it you can also open it from File/Capture Video or even press Ctrl-R
  6. Click “Capture Video from device“, now click “Start Capture” button. To stop capturing, click “Stop Capture” button
  7. Now start playing your video from your camcorder,

That’s it, enjoy importing your lovely videos


June 12, 2008 - Posted by | Camera | , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. There is a fairly good “Answer” from yahoo answer probably for other models, you can take a look at http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080218092309AAQ7dO7

    Comment by ikool | June 13, 2008 | Reply

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  3. thank you.

    Comment by jack manchester | June 29, 2008 | Reply

  4. Wow! i got it, thanks alot, my only problem is poor Quality.

    Comment by clayton | October 24, 2008 | Reply

  5. Thank you so much! This was so helpful! I searched everywhere and couldn’t find the answers and then I found yours:) Very helpful!

    Comment by S.J. | December 14, 2008 | Reply

  6. Thankyou so much.. it made my life easy with Sony HandyCam

    Comment by Siddesh | April 3, 2009 | Reply

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