We purchased a new Sony Handycam DCR- sx45 at Wal-Mart for a family vacation after finally finding the best place to purchase online Disney tickets cheap. Like most technology everything is obsolete as soon as new technology emerges. When our computer crashed I had no way to edit or play video and here is how to fix this problem with outdated Sony Handycam software.
Updating Software on a Handycam DCR-sx45 and Other Sony Handycams
We filmed hours of video at Disney so I liked the included PMB (Picture Motion Browser)software that let me edit videos and share videos on my YouTube Channel in a few minutes. PMB lets you trim and take still pictures from video. The Sony Handycam DCR-sx45 also has a camera mode to take pictures.
After connecting the camera to windows 8 I didn’t realize the problem, because it updated the driver and recognized the handycam software. Unfortunately, it didn’t play video on the computer and didn’t support files. I read a lot of forums etc and eventually contacted Sony on live chat. To fix this problem you have to download the “Play memories home installer“.
It was a pretty big file and takes a while to download, but this program is an upgraded version of the PMB and even allows you to convert MP2 files(handycam videos all record in MPEG2 format) to MP4 and HTML formats which is a plus.
Connecting the Handycam DCR-sx45 to a Desktop or Laptop
I purchase many electronics and one problem is software disc, accessories and USB cables/chargers that get misplaced after initial use until you need it again. One great feature on the Sony Handycam DCR-sx45 is a built in USB in the handgrip that allows you to charge and playback/ transfer video. This USB cable is very short so you either have to prop it on something, get a USB extension, or use it with a laptop to successfully plug it in as the handycam has to remain open while connected to play video.
Overall Review of the Sony Handycam DCR-sx45
The Sony Handycam DCR-sx45 and a 32 GB SD card was around $200 which I thought was a great buy since I was in charge of filming. The Sony Handycam is very light, small, nicely designed for comfortable use and can record more video than ever needed, which is why the editor was important to trim the fat as you would say. It has a steady feature (has to be turned on) that improves quality when you are running through parks, touch screen control and the built in USB is smart. It also has a pretty decent zoom (70x).
A couple of negatives are it doesn’t do well in darker settings or at night and the quality of video isn’t great, but not that bad either. Battery life is pretty good and it keeps you informed of the minutes left, but you should keep an extra battery on hand if you plan to record throughout the entire day.
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