Transfering Camcorder Video to DVD Using a USB Connection

Cristopher Centers

After editing, your camcorders video can be transferred to a DVD with just a few clicks of your mouse. Once transferred, you can make copies to give as gifts. This is a great way to share memories from a special event such as a wedding or graduation ceremony. Create Your […]


After editing, your camcorders video can be transferred to a
DVD with just a few clicks of your mouse. Once transferred, you can
make copies to give as gifts. This is a great way to share memories
from a special event such as a wedding or graduation ceremony.

Create Your DVD Video

Transferring your video to DVD permanently stores your video. It
also frees up hard drive space on your digital camcorder, as you can
delete the footage once the transfer is complete to the DVD.

By following the steps below, you can easily transfer your
camcorder’s video to DVD. To accomplish this, you will need the
following:

  • Digital camcorder
  • USB cable
  • Blank recordable DVDs
  • Computer with DVD burner

Step 1: Connect the USB Cable

Use the USB cable that came with your digital camcorder to connect
it to the USB port on your computer. Make sure that your camcorder is
turned off during connection and when you disconnect it after burning
your DVD.

Step 2: Retrieve Your Footage

Activate your camera. Your computer will display the message “New
Hardware Detected” on the screen. A box will come up where you can
select your camcorder from a list. This will bring up another box,
where you will select your video footage or the camcorder by double
clicking on the appropriate icon.

Step 3: Save a Copy

Once you have made your selection, you can save a copy to your
computer in one of two ways. If you have selected your camcorder from
the list, you will use the video software program to save a copy. You
will click on the “File” tab and then click “Open”. Select the video
file and click on “Download” to download the file.

If you have selected the video footage from the list, you will click
on “File” and then “Save As”. Choose a name for the video and click
“Ok” to save a copy.

Step 4: Load a Blank DVD

Take a blank recordable DVD and place it in your computer’s media
tray. Close the tray. You will hear some whirring noises for a few
moments as your computer acknowledges the DVD.

Step 5: Open DVD Burner Program

Your computer may open a box automatically to ask what you want to
do with the DVD you inserted. Select “Burn” from the list. If your
computer does not automatically open a box, open your DVD burner
program manually.

Step 6: Select the Video File

From the DVD burner menu, select the video file you wish to burn.
Depending on the burn program, you can either right click on the video
and select “Burn” or click on, drag and drop the video file into the
Burn list in the software.

If you used the right click method, this will automatically begin
the burn process. If you used the other method, you will click on
“Start Burn” to burn your DVD.

Step 7: Finalization

After the burn process is complete, your DVD will be finalized. Make
sure that you wait until your DVD has been finalized before removing it
from your computer. This will ensure that your DVD is properly encoded
for playing on other equipment, such as a DVD player.

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