Play director with Microsoft Movie Maker.
With Windows Movie Maker’s Camera Wizard feature, you can download your digital home videos onto your PC and then edit them into your very own blockbuster. How you download your video clips depends on whether you have an i.Link cable or use a USB or analog connection. An i.Link cable is a bit faster and easier since you don’t have to manually capture the clips you want, but a USB connection will work fine as well.
Download Video Using i.Link Cable
1. Connect your video camera to your computer.
2. Turn the camera on and switch it to playback mode.
3. Choose “Capture Video using Windows Movie Maker” from the pop-up window that appears. Click “OK.”
4. Wait for Windows Movie Maker to run the Video Capture Wizard. When the Video Capture window appears, type the desired name of your video into the field beneath “Enter a file name for your captured video.” Click “Next.”
5. Click “Next” on the Video Setting page to accept recommended settings.
6. Click “Next” on the Capture Method page to capture the entire tape automatically. This is easier than manually capturing portions of the tape, and you can always delete unwanted clips later.
7. Allow Video Capture Wizard to rewind your tape and capture it. You’ll see video playing in the preview window. If your video ends before the tape runs out of room, you can click “Stop Capture” and then click “Yes” to prevent the Video Capture Wizard from automatically scanning the entire video.
Download Video Using USB or Analog
8. Connect your video camera to your computer.
9. Click the “Start” button at the bottom left corner of your computer screen. Go to “All Programs” and then open “Windows Movie Maker.”
10. Choose “Capture Video” from the “Movie Tasks” pane. Select “Capture from video device.”
11. Wait for Movie Maker to start the Video Capture Wizard. When the Video Capture Device page appears, choose your camera from the “Available devices” box. Click “Next.”
12. On the “Capture Video File” page, type a name for your video into the field beneath “Enter a file name for your captured video.” Click “Next.”
13. Click “Next” on the “Video Setting” page to accept recommended settings.
14. Use your video camera to rewind or fast-forward your tape to approximately five seconds before the beginning of the scene you want download.
15. Press the camera’s play button and “Start Capture” simultaneously. Don’t worry if you start capturing too soon. You’ll be able trim the clip later.
16. Click “Stop Capture” and the end of the scene. Again, it’s no problem if you don’t time it exactly right because you can edit the clip later on.
17.Repeat steps 8 and 9 until you’ve captured each of the video clips you want from your tape.