Capture An External Usb Video

Import video from your camera onto a computer.

Most video cameras manufactured now have some sort of a USB cable connection. This allows you to directly capture the video from your video camera into the computer. The exact process is going to vary depending on whether the camera saves the video to an internal storage drive or to a video tape. However, regardless of how the video is saved, both methods are capable of uploading to the computer.


Camera with Hard Drive/Flash Drive Storage

1. Connect the USB data cable into the the video camera, then plug the opposite end of the cable into a USB port on the computer.

2. Power on the video camera. The computer states it has detected a new, removable device.

3. Click “Start,” “(My) Computer” and double-click the removable device icon. A window appears with all of the files saved on the video camera.

4. Click-and-drag the video files stored on the video camera’s hard drive onto the computer. You may copy these files to any location on the computer.

Video Camera with Tape

5. Plug the USB data cable into the USB port on the external video camera, then plug the opposite end of the cable into a USB port on the computer.

6. Power on the video camera and launch “Windows Movie Maker.”

7. Select the “Capture” option, then choose the connected USB video camera as the capture source. Click “Record” in the video editor and the video automatically begins to play and record onto the computer. Click “Stop” whenever you want to stop the recording process. Once the recording processed is stopped or finished, the video file appears on the right side of the program window as a thumbnail.

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8. Click-and-drag the thumbnail down to the timeline at the bottom of the page. Select “File” then at the top of the program window, choose “Save Movie As.” Title the video and select a location to save the movie. Click “OK” and the USB video saves to the computer.