How to Download a Video From a Sony Handycam

by Steve McDonnell

The easiest and quickest way to edit your Sony Handycam videos is to first download them to your computer. Your Handycam comes with a USB cable that you can use to connect the device to your computer. This allows you to copy the video files from the Handycam to your hard drive using the Windows Explorer file system browser. Once the files are on your computer, you can use video-editing software such as Windows Movie Maker to edit your videos, or simply view the videos on your computer screen.

Turn off your Handycam. Plug in the power supply and connect it to the Handycam. Turn on the Handycam.

Connect the USB cable that comes with the Handycam to your computer. Follow the prompts to install device drivers for the Handycam, if necessary.

Touch "Home" and "Others" on the Handycam screen, or wait until the USB Select screen appears, then touch "USB Connect."

Click "Start" and "Computer" on your computer. Locate the Handycam's name in the section labeled "Drives with Removable Storage," then double-click it to display the video files on the device.

Locate the video file you want to download to your computer, click it once to highlight it, right-click and choose "Copy" from the context menu.

Navigate to the place on your computer where you want to store the Handycam video using the same Windows Explorer window. Click inside the destination folder, then right-click and choose "Paste" from the context menu to copy the video to your computer.

Click the "Windows Notification" icon to display the list of notification icons, then click the "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" icon and choose "Eject Handycam" or a similar option. Disconnect the Handycam from the computer.


  • If Windows can't find the drivers for your Handycam, insert the Picture Package CD that comes with the Handycam and follow the prompts to tell Windows to load the driver files from the CD.

Items you will need

  • Handycam USB cable
  • Sony Picture Package CD (optional)

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