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How to Transfer a Home Movie Video With DVD Software

by Michael Mercadante
  • Overview

    If you have a digital video camera, it's easy to send video to your hard drive, edit it using your favorite video editing software, add titles, create DVDs or share your videos online with family and friends.
    A digital video camera
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  • Step 1

    Connect your digital video camera to your computer using the supplied cable. This is usually either a USB or FireWire (IE-1394) connection.
  • Step 2

    Launch your video editing software, and choose the option to capture video from a connected device.
  • Step 3

    Turn on your digital video camera. Your computer should recognize the new peripheral device and install the proper driver. Within a moment or two, you should see a preview screen within your video editing software.
  • Step 4

    Cue your video using the controls provided within the capture area of your video editing software, and press the record button when you are ready.
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  • Video editing software Digital video camera Connection cable
  • Video editing software
  • Digital video camera
  • Connection cable
  • Configure the output settings and location prior to beginning your video capture. Video capture takes up a lot of room on your hard drive, so make sure you have plenty of available memory before beginning your transfer.
  • Configure the output settings and location prior to beginning your video capture.
  • Video capture takes up a lot of room on your hard drive, so make sure you have plenty of available memory before beginning your transfer.
  • This process will only work if you have a digital video camera. For analog video cameras, you will need to use a video capture card. Unless your computer has a lot of available RAM memory, close any additional software before beginning a video capture to reduce possible errors, such as dropped frames.
  • This process will only work if you have a digital video camera. For analog video cameras, you will need to use a video capture card.
  • Unless your computer has a lot of available RAM memory, close any additional software before beginning a video capture to reduce possible errors, such as dropped frames.

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