Article ID : 00126598 / Last Modified : 03/29/2019

How to transfer video to a computer using Audio/Video (A/V) cables

    In order to transfer video, the computer must have standard Audio/Video (A/V) input jacks and compatible video capture software to complete this procedure, as illustrated in the picture below.

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    If your PC does not have standard Audio/Video (A/V) input jacks, you can transfer videos using a video capture cable:

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    1. Audio/Video output jack
    2. A/V connecting cable (supplied)
    3. Video capture cable (commercially available)


    Follow the procedures below to make the transfer.

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

      • If your camcorder has standard A/V 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.

    NOTE: 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.