How to connect firewire to sony dcr-trv103?

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I just purchased a used Sony DCR-TRV 103 DigiCam to hopefully digitize my old analog 8mm and hi8 tapes and store them on DVD? I undertand that somehow a fire wire can be connected to the Sony and video can be uploaded direct to my computer. I see where to connect the firewird on my computer but not on the Sony camera. Also, once connected, do I need some software installed to accomplish my upload. Many thanks in advance.

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Mike, welcome to Tom's Hardware Forums!

Somewhere towards the front underside of the camcorder you will see a tiny rubber plug. This rubber plug is the protective shield for the firewire port. It is not very obvious, and you have to look carefully.
 

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Thank you so much. Found it! Now that I have it connected, now what? Do I need software or a driver installed to complete the upload? What type of file should I be expecting to be created, AVI?

Mike
 

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Great!

Now you will need a program to 'Import' the files from the camcorder to the computer hard disk.

There are some free programs for doing this, and you will need it for editing anyway. I use ULead DVD Movie Factory.

I also use Windows Movie Maker. This is not pre-packaged in Win7, but it is a free download from Microsoft.

Be prepared to spend some time learning and doing all this. It is not like downloading photos and saving them on the hard disk. Video is a little more involved and takes a little bit of reading and tryout.

Have fun!
 

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Thanks so much again. The light bulb in my head just turned on as I am somewhat familiar with Windows Movie Maker but have not had as much success with it on my XP machine (with the firewire port) as on my notebook with Windows 7 and no firewire port. I have been able to use the import function on short video clips from my point and shoot digital camera.

Mike
 

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Same principle! Video files are so time consuming! Even with an i7 CPU!

Win Movie maker is not pre-packaged with Win7, but it is a free download from Microsoft.

Good luck to you.
 

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Bless you! Will save your post and let you know how things go. It may take me a while to get to this right now, but now I feel confident that I can accomplish my goal of digitizing my old analog tapes and store them on some other media that does not degrade. So grateful that I have found this forum and you!
 
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