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Sony DCR-HC21Sony Handycam DCR HC21 Camcorder - 20 x optical zoom

Mini DV, F/1.8-3.1

The DCR-HC21 from Sony gives you a full-featured, compact MiniDV camcorder at an entry-level price. Highlights include the Advanced HAD CCD imager, which captures stunning detail and clarity, and the Digital Zoom, which focuses on distant subjects providing clear close-up images with less distortion. The Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens offers less glare and increased contrast for vivid, more life-like color and tones. Make your personal videos complete with additional customization features such as... Read more

 

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Comments to date: 7. Page 1 of 1. Average Rating:
ScottReed 8:43pm on Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 
Be careful It might be as wonderful as the first reviewer describes, but be careful that it will fit your handycam. My DCR DVD 410E has a 30mm lens.
SeppukuDeath 2:31pm on Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 
I like the size of it. Also I like the touch screen. How do I get the "Still" pictures off the camera? I like the size of it. Also I like the touch screen. How do I get the "Still" pictures off the camera?
cupper3 1:05pm on Monday, July 5th, 2010 
For the money (I paid approximately $350 about a year ago), this is a pretty good, basic camcorder for the point-and-shoot crowd.
shicks9 5:37pm on Thursday, May 20th, 2010 
The Best IR Light You Can Buy Below 100 Dollars! The Sony HVLIRM Battery IR Light is a great tool to use for a camcorder with a poor night vision.
jerryluis 4:29am on Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 
Its a good camcorder with great image quality and exceptional zoom. It is worth every penny spent on it and captures every moment perfectly. It is a very easy to use camcorder. Almost anyone can use it without any hassels. Infact, there is no need for a manual. It is so simple. Spot Metering, Spot Focus and Easy Handycam features on the DCR-HC21 make it an exceptionaly easy to use camcorder for the non experienced user.
cageofrttf 1:43pm on Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 
What a difference! I could hardly believe it when I attached the lense - the picture opened up spectacularly. What a difference! I could hardly believe it when I attached the lense - the picture opened up spectacularly.
anil 10:09pm on Saturday, April 24th, 2010 
Good light It just does what it says it can do although the quality of sonys products are really nice this product has failed in one aspect the place ...

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Documents

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Transferring Footage from the SONY DSR-PDX10
The DV format video recorded by the Sony PDX10 needs to be transferred off the MiniDV tape to be edited or viewed elsewhere. A computer is used to capture the video, and convert to a more readily playable format. There are a variety of options for transferring movie footage recorded by the PDX10 to a computer and editing. One alternative for Windows users is WinDV http://windv.mourek.cz/. WinDV is a small and easy to use Windows application (98SE/ME/2000/XP) for capturing videos from DV camcorders into AVI-files and for recording AVI-files into DV devices, via FireWire (IEEE 1394) interface (USB not supported). This software can be downloaded for free, but has no support/help. You can find several how-tos on line for using it. If you would like to use Mann Library computers for conversion/editing, the following options exist. The Mac options are generally recommended. Please allow adequate time for capturing and converting video. The capture process requires video to be played/captured in real time, the editing process can be complex, and burning DVDs can require patience. Limited assistance is available for basic overview of the steps described. Please refer closely to this guide and the software help files. If you need help after reviewing these steps, please submit a Mann Library consultation request form well in advance.

Windows (XP and Vista)

Capture/Edit Video Export to DVD

Macintosh

Capture/Edit Video Create/Design DVD Automatic Capture/Movie Creation (with title, transitions, soundtrack) Burn Direct to DVD from Camera Create Magic iDVD (with selected themes, content and soundtrack) Capturing Video Using the SONY GV-HD700 Cassette Deck (no camera needed)
Windows Movie Maker (WMM)
This software comes installed with Windows XP and Vista, and provides basic tools for capturing video, simple editing, and conversion. If you have a computer with a Firewire port (sometimes referred to as iLink or IEEE 1394), you can capture video in AVI format, which retains the full quality/resolution originally recorded. If you use a USB cable, you only have the option of capturing in Windows Media format (wmv), a smaller compressed format suitable for playback on computers but with more limited editability or re-use. The WMM help offers detailed information on using the software.
Capturing Video (may vary depending on your configuration):
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Make sure camera is fully powered (AC cord firmly attached or fresh charged battery) Turn camera on and set to VCR mode Insert Tape Connect camera (DV port) and computer (Firewire preferably, or USB) Allow computer to recognize new hardware Start Windows Movie Maker (if not offered option after connecting, start from Programs menu) Select Sony DV Device for capture, click Next
8. Name your video, and location to save. Remember to use a drive that has generous amounts of space, as each minute of video can consume 178 MB of disk space. When working on video editing projects at Mann Library it is wise to have an external hard drive to copy and move your files to and from. Click Next. 9. Select Video Setting, click Next. 10. Designate Capture Method (entire tape automatically or just parts), click Next. If you selected Capture Parts, you can fast forward or rewind (hold button down) to cue, then click Start and Stop Capture to capture clips desired. When done click Finish. 11. Save Project You should now see the captured video in your Collections window. This file can be used/shared as is (avi format), edited or exported. Read the WMM help for more info.

Export Movie to DVD (playable on most standard DVD players)
Full instructions are available at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/moviemaker/create/savetodvd.mspx. Remember if you captured in wmv format at lower size/resolution, the picture quality will not be very high on a television screen. Heres a summary: 1. In the Movie Tasks pane, under Finish Movie, click Save to my computer. 2. Provide Name and Location, click Next. 3. Movie Setting page, click Show more choices > Other settings > DV-AVI, Next. 4. You can now use DVD burning software and writer to create a DVD playable in a standard DVD player. Mann Library has Roxio Easy CD and DVD Creator available on its classroom PCs. Some older DVD players can have problems playing custom DVDs. DVD-R or DVD+R format discs are compatible with most players.

iMovie

As part of the iLife software package installed on Apple computers, iMovie provides basic tools for capturing video, simple editing, and conversion. A computer with a Firewire port (sometimes referred to as iLink or IEEE 1394) is required to capture video directly to iMovie. If you only have USB as an option, you can transfer video to the hard drive then drag and drop to import into iMovie. Detailed instructions can be found in the iMovie help. Apple has iMovie tutorials online as well at http://www.apple.com/ilife/tutorials/#imovie.
Basic Steps for Capturing Video
If you want to do editing before exporting to movie 1. Start iMovie. Click the iMovie icon on the dock, or from the Finder menu (click anywhere on the desktop to deselect other application menus and activate Finder), select Go>Applications, then double click the iMovie icon. 2. Click Create a New Project (Note: When iMovie is launched, it may open the last movie that was being edited. Before you begin, make sure you arent working on a previous project. You can start a new one from File>New) 3. Name and select a location for your new project. Remember to use a drive that has generous amounts of space, as each minute of video can consume 178 MB of disk space. When working on video editing projects at Mann Library it is wise to have an external hard drive to copy and move your files to and from. 4. Click Create. After a short wait, the empty project is created. 5. Make sure camera is fully powered (AC cord firmly attached or fresh charged battery) 6. Turn camera on and set to VCR mode 7. Insert Tape (rewind if necessary)

8. Connect camera (DV port) to computer using Firewire cable. Camera Connected message should show on screen. If it isnt make sure the mode switch is set to camera mode:
9. Click Import button to start capturing the whole tape from current point, OR 10. Use Capture Controls below the screen to preview and cue the tape a few seconds before you want to begin capturing. Press play, then Import button or space bar to begin capturing. iMovie will create separate clips each time the capture process is interrupted. 11. You can now edit your movie within iMovie before exporting (see iMovie help for info).
Exporting/Sharing Your Movie
iMovie has many options for exporting movies in a variety of formats. Look in the Sharing your finished movie section of the iMovie help for details. Exporting to a DVD playable in a standard DVD player, from iMovie 1. Choose Share > iDVD 2. Click Share to open iDVD 3. Select theme and configure as needed When you are finished editing the iDVD project, and ready to burn to DVD: 4. Check free space on your hard drive - make sure you have twice as much as your project uses before burning (check Project > Project Info) 5. Click the Burn DVD icon, or select File>Burn DVD 6. Insert blank recordable DVD (DVD-R generally recommended)
Automatically exporting a movie from camera with Magic iMovie (with title, scene transitions, music soundtrack) 1. Make sure camera is fully powered (AC cord firmly attached or fresh charged battery) 2. Turn camera on and set to VCR mode 3. Connect camera to computer using Firewire cable. 4. Start iMovie. Click the iMovie icon on the dock, or from the Finder menu (click anywhere on the desktop to deselect other application menus and activate Finder), select Go>Applications, then double click the iMovie icon. 5. Click the Make a Magic iMovie icon (Note: When iMovie is launched, it may open the last movie that was being edited. Before you begin, make sure you arent working on a previous project. You can start a new one from File>Make a Magic iMovie) 6. Name your movie and select a location to save to. Remember to use a drive that has generous amounts of space, as each minute of video can consume 178 MB of disk space. When working on video editing projects at Mann Library it is wise to have an external hard drive to copy and move your files to and from. 7. Select DV video format. 8. Click the Create button 9. Select settings you wish to use for creating movie (title, rewind, transitions, soundtrack). If you wish to have the movie file automatically sent to iDVD for burning to DVD afterward, check that option as well. 10. Click Create button. The camera will automatically start, with video captured in real time. A title, transitions, and soundtrack will be added as designated. If you selected the export to iDVD option, your movie will be loaded into iDVD where you can set up titles, menus and other options. Check iDVD help for details

Burning video footage directly from a camera or file to DVD
iDVD, part of the iLife software package on Mac computers, allows you to burn footage directly from either a file or DV camcorder to DVD using OneStep DVD. No titles, transitions or other special effects are added, just the raw footage recorded. The DVD should be playable in most regular DVD players (DVD-R generally recommended). When burning from a camera, you need to allow sufficient time for both the real time video capture and DVD burn process. This may take several hours depending on the length of your recording. Apple has iDVD tutorials online at http://www.apple.com/ilife/tutorials/#idvd. To transfer directly from camera to DVD: 1. Make sure camera is fully powered (AC cord firmly attached or fresh charged battery) 2. Turn camera on and set to VCR mode 3. Insert Tape 4. Connect camera to computer using Firewire cable. 5. If iDVD is not already open, click the iDVD icon on the dock, or from the Finder menu (click anywhere on the desktop to deselect other application menus and activate Finder), select Go>Applications, then double click the iDVD icon. 6. Select File>OneStep DVD (Note: When iDVD is launched, it may open the last project that was being edited. Before you begin, make sure you arent working on a previous project. You can start a new one from File>OneStep DVD) 7. Insert blank DVD disc in drive when prompted. 8. The tape should automatically rewind. If you wish to start recording at current tape location, press play button on camcorder LCD screen as soon as it starts to rewind. 9. Video capture will begin. This process will take as long as the remaining recorded footage takes to play. You can stop/abort the process at any point. 10. After that, the DVD burn process will be completed.

Making a Magic iDVD

You can use iDVD to quickly create a DVD with minimal effort. Choose the theme and content you want, then iDVD will put it all together and burn it to a DVD disc (DVD-R generally recommended for maximum playability). To create a Magic iDVD: 1. Open iDVD and click "Create a Magic iDVD" button. (If a recent project opens, choose File > "New Magic iDVD".) 2. Type a name for the DVD in the DVD Title box. 3. Select a theme in the row of theme thumbnails. 4. Click the Media button and click Audio, Images, or Movies to see movies, photos, and audio files from iMovie, iPhoto, iTunes, and GarageBand. 5. Drag (add) the ones you want into the spaces provided in the Magic iDVD window. You can also drag files from anywhere on your hard disk or connected servers. 6. To add a soundtrack to a slideshow, drag an audio file from the Media pane and drop it on top of the slideshow. 7. Click the Preview button to view your DVD. Use the remote control to click buttons and play movies. When you're finished previewing, click Exit on the remote control. 8. Make any adjustments to your content and theme selection. 9. When you're ready, click Create Project.

Capturing Video Using the SONY GV-HD700 Cassette Deck
In the AV Production Room (Room 261), Mann Library has a SONY GV-HD700 Digital HD Video Cassette Deck. It is attached to the left side Mac Pro Creation Station, and can be used to capture, or convert video from miniDV tapes to digital files. The room may be checked out for 4 hour loan at the 1st floor circulation desk. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. If necessary, open cassette deck by sliding the latch right Slide the Eject button right (on lower left of control panel) Slide tape in, top up, tape side facing in Close tray Turn deck on, by holding down the green dot in the center of the power button (upper right of panel), then sliding switch right.
Using iMovie: 1. Start application 2. Import from: HDV-VCR window should open if deck on. If not, select Import from Camera from File menu 3. To import entire tape, a. slide switch in Import window to Automatic, then click Import b. name clip, click OK 4. To import selected segments, a. slide switch to Manual, b. cue tape using controls on deck or Import window, c. click Import d. name clip By default, files imported using iMovie 08 are converted to.mov QuickTime movie format, and saved in the Users> VES> Movies > iMovie Events > Name_of_event (Event Date by default) folder for AV Production room Macs. You can access or copy the files from there when done, or edit/convert with iMovie. If you wish to export your project in iMovie to a different format, use the Share menu and select Export Movie or Export Using QuickTime.

 

Technical specifications

Full description

The DCR-HC21 from Sony gives you a full-featured, compact MiniDV camcorder at an entry-level price. Highlights include the Advanced HAD CCD imager, which captures stunning detail and clarity, and the Digital Zoom, which focuses on distant subjects providing clear close-up images with less distortion. The Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens offers less glare and increased contrast for vivid, more life-like color and tones. Make your personal videos complete with additional customization features such as Picture and Fader effects for creative and professional looking enhancements. Photo Mode allows you to capture and store hundreds of individual still images, and Picture Package software helps you easily organize and edit still images and video.

General
Product TypeCamcorder
Width2.2 in
Depth4.4 in
Height3.5 in
Weight0.9 lbs
Main Features
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution340 Kpix
Media TypeMini DV
Color SupportColor
Optical Sensor TypeAdvanced HAD CCD
Optical Sensor Size1/6"
Min Illumination0 lux
Digital Zoom800 x
Shooting ProgramsSpotlight, sunset & moon, landscape, portrait mode, beach & ski, sports mode
Special EffectsSolarization, Sepia, Mosaic, Pastel, Monotone, Negative Art
Digital Scene TransitionWhite fader, monotone fader, stripe fader, mosaic fader, black fader
Image StabilizerOptical (Super Steady Shot)
Max Shutter Speed1/4000 sec
Min Shutter Speed1/60 sec
Exposure ModesProgram, automatic
White BalanceCustom, automatic, presets
White Balance PresetsIndoor, outdoor
Remote ControlRemote control - infrared
Lens System
TypeZoom lens - 2.3 mm - 46 mm - f/1.8-3.1
Focal Length2.3 mm - 46 mm
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera44 - 880mm
Focus AdjustmentAutomatic, manual
Auto FocusTTL contrast detection
Lens ApertureF/1.8-3.1
Optical Zoom20 x
Zoom AdjustmentMotorized drive
Filter Size25 mm
Lens ManufacturerCarl Zeiss
Additional Features
DV inputYes
Low Lux / Night ModeYes
Digital Still Camera FunctionYes
Title GeneratorYes
Search ModesEnd search
Time CodeYes
Additional FeaturesTouch-screen control, accessories hot shoe
Viewfinder
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Viewfinder Color SupportBlack & white
Viewfinder Resolution123,000 pixels
Display
TypeLCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5" - color
Display Form FactorRotating
Display Format123,000 pixels
Microphone
TypeMicrophone - built-in
Connections
Connector Type1 x composite video/audio output 1 x USB 1 x Control-L (LANC) 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK) 1 x DC power input
Software
SoftwareDrivers & Utilities, Sony Picture Package
Miscellaneous
Included AccessoriesCamcorder shoulder strap, lens cap
Cables IncludedA/V cable USB cable
Power
Power DevicePower adapter - external
Battery
Supported BatterySony NP-FP30
Supported Battery Details1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )
Universal Product Identifiers
BrandSony
Part NumberDCR-HC21
GTIN00027242669819

 

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