Download Clips & Make a Movie From a Digital Camera
There are many different video capture and editing programs to choose from, including software like Adobe Premiere, Corel Video Studio, and iMovie. All Windows PC computers come with Windows Movie Maker–the default video importing and editing program for Windows users–supporting all stages of the editing process, including downloading clips, placing them in a timeline, trimming your clips and exporting your finished movie. Before you begin, you will need to see what kind of output your digital camera has (e.g. FireWire or USB) so you can use the connector cable to hook your camera up to your computer.
Choosing Your Editing Software
1. Pick a program that suits your computer’s operating system. For example, Windows Movie Maker runs on a PC, while a program like Final Cut Pro or iMovie is specifically for Macs. Adobe Premiere is available in both Windows and Mac versions.
2. Ask yourself: “How much will I be using this software?”
If you are going to be downloading clips and making movies often, you may want to purchase an editing program like Corel Video Studio or Adobe Premiere, since they are more intensive and have more editing options. If you are performing these operations infrequently, you may want to use a default PC program like Windows Movie Maker.
3. Will you be adding special effects to your movies? This is another factor to consider, as generic editing programs generally do not offer as many effects or transition options.
Review each editing program and decide which is best for you.
4. Here are the specific steps using Windows Movie Maker–the default video editing software on Windows PCs. If you’re using a different video application, or operating on a Mac OS, your tasks will be the same, but the names of the menu options you choose may vary.
Consult your software’s user manual for specific advice.
5. Plug one end of your USB or FireWire cable into your camera, and the other into the appropriate port on your computer.
Turn your camera on to the “Playback” setting.
6. Select the “Capture Video Using Windows Movie Maker” when prompted by Windows Explorer. Click “OK.”
Enter a name for your video in the “Video Capture Wizard” menu and click “Next.”
7. Choose the “Best Quality…” video setting in the next screen and click “Next.”
8. Decide whether you want Movie Maker to capture the entire tape automatically, or capture parts of the tape manually. (You will need to press start and stop for each clip if you decide to do this manually).
9. Click “Next” to begin capturing your digital footage. Press “Stop Capture” when you want your clip to end. Your clip(s) will be stored in the “My Videos” folder on your hard drive.
Editing and Exporting
10. Launch Windows Movie Maker or your other video editing software. Click on the “Capture Video” icon in the left panel of the screen and select “Import Video.”
11. Navigate to the “My Videos” folder on your computer. Select the clip you want to import.
Click the “Create Clips for Video Files” box at the bottom of the screen and press “Import.” Repeat for each desired clip. Your clips will be stored in the “Collection” panel in the middle of the main screen.
12. Drag and drop the desired clips from the “Collection” to the “Storyboard” (video timeline) at the bottom of the screen.
13. Trim your clips by selecting a clip and pressing “Play” to open the “Preview Monitor.” Direct your cursor to the point at which you want to cut the clip and click the “Split Clip” button. (This will create two clips).
Delete unwanted clips by right-clicking them and selecting “Delete.”
14. Repeat the process of trimming your clips as needed. Place your clips in the desired order.
15. Click the “Finish Movie” icon in the left-hand panel of the screen. Select “Save to My Computer.”
Name your movie and choose a save location. Click “Next.”
16. Select the “Best Quality…” option for playback on your computer and click “Next.”
Click the “Finish” button on the next screen and wait for your video to save to your computer. You will find your video in the location you chose to save it in.