“I have a Sony Handy cam HDR-HC7 HDV 1080i camcorder. And I have the USB to camcorder cable all hooked up. and the import from handy cam software. but I can’t get it to show that there is any video on the camera to upload. And yes there is a tape with footage on it.”
When you shot some video clips with your Sony camcorder, you always need to playback on your computer, either PC or Mac, or upload to your PC or Mac for editing. But most occasions you will find that you can’t directly upload the videos from your Sony camcorder to your computer directly although you have connected your camcorder with your computer.
Most types of Sony camcorders record videos in AVCHD format like Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V, HX7V or HX9V, and some shoot video in MP4 format such as Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5, Sony Bloggie 3D which are not supported by PC or Mac directly.
For PC, it is suggested that the video files that you want to upload is AVI, WMV or MPG format, there formats are the commonly formats supported by Windows Movie Maker and Windows Media Player two of which can help you edit and convert your video files.
For Mac, you’d better make sure that your video formats are in MOV or MPEG4 formats which can be used in iMovie, QuickTime or iTunes for you to free playback or edit your video files on Mac.
From the above statements, we can easily see that Sony camcorder video files are not natively supported by either PC or Mac, if you want to upload your Sony camcorder video to PC or Mac for playback, editing or for other purposes, you need to convert your video files to the right formats that can be supported by PC or Mac.
If you are a PC user, you can convert your Sony camcorder video files to AVI, WMV, MPG format that can be uploaded to PC directly using Video to Sony Camcorder Converter, however, if you are using a Mac computer, Mac Video to Sony Camcorder Converter can also do what you want to convert your Sony camcorder video to Mac friendly file formats.
Besides converting Sony camcorder video to PC compatible or Mac readable files, Video to Sony Camcorder Converter or Mac Video to Sony Camcorder Converter can also help you edit your Sony camcorder video files with the built-in video editing functions like video clip, video crop, video effect etc to make your own customized video.