Import video onto your computer via USB data cable.
After video is captured onto a video camera, you must import the content onto a computer, if you want to edit the footage. Depending on the video camera you are usin,g there are two cable connections available to send the data from the video camera to the computer: FireWire and USB. Although FireWire provides a faster data transfer rate, not all computers have this connection. If this is the case a USB file transfer is going to suffice.
Video Camera with Hard Drive
1. Plug the USB data cable into the USB port on the digital video camera.
2. Connect the opposite end of the cable into a USB port on the computer system. Power on the video camera and set it to “View” mode.
3. Click the “Start” button, then “(My) Computer” and double-click the digital video camera icon. A window appears with all the captured files on hand.
4. Click and drag the video files from the open window onto the desktop. The footage now imports onto the computer through the USB data cable.
Camera with Video Tape
5. Plug the USB data cable into the USB port on the video camera, then attach the other end of the cable into a USB port on the computer system.
6. Set the video camera to “View,” then launch Windows Movie Maker. Momentarily, the video editing program loads onto the screen.
7. Click the “Capture” option, then “Record” and the video from the camera imports onto the computer.
8. Select “Stop” and the video file finishes importing onto the computer system.