Summary: I recently got out old 8mm home videos that had been recorded using a Sony CCD-TR6 camcorder. The videos hadn't been played in 15+ years. When I tried to play them, the video looked surprisingly good but the audio was garbled and couldn't be made out. I tried different cables, cleaning tapes, and cleaning the connectors with no luck. I happened to see this model was supposed to be able to play older 8mm/Hi8 tapes so I figured I'd give it a try.
Summary: Folks, This camera is old technology. If you just need the tape feature, Great!. The USB driver is not compatible with Windows Vista or 7 OS. Sony has no updated dirvers to install to correct this. You cannot download movies to you PC. The USB Streaming feature does not work with the new OS. You will either have to add a Firewire, which will add to your cost. Or just connect to a DVD recorder to transfer. Also, the Memory Stick is not made any more and outdated.
Summary: I bought this product specifically for saving old 8mm family tapes. Went to some video restoring places, and they charge $35usd and up for transferring these tapes with no editing. I had a lot of them so I decided to do it myself. Before I bought it, I did my research reading a bunch of reviews in several pages for this and other sony handycam camcorders, DCRTRV460 seemed to be the right one. I had a lot of doubts (compatible with windows 7 ??
Good Camera but you need lots of extras to actually use it
Amazon Customer "vjochim", Amazon
6 August 2007
Summary: I bought mine in late 2005, but didn't use it when I was overseas because the supplied software was TERRIBLE and I never could get it to work. I ended up using the video capture on my separate Digital camera. So, a year later, I fired it up this week and spent an entire day trying to play a video I recorded yesterday on my PC...
Summary: Great images for 14 months. Then I got a dialog box that said the video heads were dirty and I need to run a cleaning tape - which I bought and ran per instructions. Didn't clear up. Went to Sony online help, was told to run it again. Didn't clear up. Tried a few more times, didn't clear up. Told it needs repair - $211. Guess maybe I should drop it in the water like the last guy whose TRV460 is indestructable.
Summary: I've owned this vidio camera since July '04. When camera works it is a fine machine. BUT, just after warrantee expired tapes would not eject--repair bill $230. Now in 1/06 playback is horribly distorted--head cleaning tapes do not work so video head needs replacing--repair bill $211.00 I will start searching for a replacement unit (NOT SONY) that is not so prone to breakedown within 18 months of purchase.