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DANGER! PICTURE PACKAGE!,
This review is from: Sony DCR-HC36 MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder with 20x Optical Zoom (Electronics)The camera works great but ...Neither Sony nor Pixela, the makers of the Picture Package software that comes with some Sony camcorders with mini-disks tells you that the software IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH WINDOWS XP, SERVICE PACK 2! It will crash your computer or not work properly. DO NOT install the Picture Package software if you have run Windows XP. If you have a DVD player on your computer, you can download the photos from the mini-disk without this dangerous software. Shame on Sony and Pixela for selling the software to Windows XP users or including it with the camera without a warning.
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Initial post: Oct 19, 2006 7:46:28 PM PDT
Roberto Lopes says:
Thanks for the tip buddy!! :)
Posted on Dec 4, 2006 5:59:51 AM PST
Dave Dickes says:
This reviewer talks about a "mini-disk" but the HC36 uses mini dv tape, is this reviewer talking about the HC36 or another model? There is a Pixela software CD in the box but it says it is compatible with Windows XP, now I'm confused.
Posted on Aug 24, 2011 12:55:08 PM PDT
Gary Lee Hutchings says:
Just get the Sony USB driver and use your own video editing software. I never ran into that problem because the Pixela package has always been poor software and I have never used it.. This all becomes about what output cable you use and what software you use to pull the data off the camera. If you use the fireWire cable, beautiful quality. Use fire wire if you can!!! The camera side is 4 pin firewire, the little firewire ports like on laptops generally are 4 pin as well(Check your manual). So in that case you would need a 4 to 4 pin firewire cable. I have an Audigy 2 sound card with the big funny looking Firewire cable so I use the 4 to 6 pin firewire cable. The RCA output cable is great and even has an S-video connector but you would have to have a capture card with those kinds of inputs. The USB cable is the method that I have used for years, stupid me. Lowest quality, have to find and use the Sony USB driver and the only program I can get that system to work with is Pinnacle 10. I am still using it with the FireWire cable with Pinnacle 10 because I am getting the best quality ever and have had no need to see if my Sony Vegas 10 works with it. For best results with the DCR-HC36, use the FireWire cable and your own video editing software. FireWire is a universal protocol so it should not care about the computer Operating System when controlling this camera through video editing software. I have owned this camera since 2007, its even been dropped at one of our concerts. Still works beautify, worth every penny. No that sad part, I have 30+ tapes to re-rip the video because I have owned the camera for 4 years, but just got the firewire cable 2 weeks ago.. My videos are 10 times the quality. Dont use the USB interface unless you do not care about quality. Firewire cards can be bought
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