How to Transfer a MiniDV to a PC

Advanced technology has made it simple to transfer mini DV footage to a PC. Many inexpensive, user-friendly editing software programs are available for this task. A minimal amount of equipment is needed and limited installation is required to begin the transferring process.

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Install a video editing program such as Windows Movie Maker, Avid, Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premier. Software can be purchased in stores, downloaded online or uploaded from a burned DVD copy.

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Turn on your camcorder. Plug one end of the IEEE 1394 (FireWire cable) into your camcorder and the other end into your computer. At this time, you can rewind the Mini DV tape in the camcorder.

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Open your editing program by left-clicking the icon on the desktop or locating the program in the Start menu.

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Go to the toolbar and select the option titled Capture. You must specify the drive where you would like to save your footage. Select the Video and Audio tab. This ensures that you are capturing both the image and sound of the video.

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Left-click the tab marked Capture. Some editing programs display a red button, which is the same as the Capture tab. The footage from your Mini DV displays in a small box on the computer monitor.

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Left-click the Capture tab once you have captured the footage. Save the project by selecting the small disk icon on the toolbar. You may also save the project by selecting File and Save As on the toolbar. The footage is now transferred to your PC.

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Move or copy and paste the transferred video footage to your My Videos folder.