Transfer A Mini Dv Tape

Use preloaded software to transfer a mini DV tape.

You don’t need to pay for a pricy studio to make movies. With today’s technology, you can make your own movies, music videos or webshows with just a laptop, the video editing program preloaded on your computer (Windows Movie Maker for PCs and iMovie for Macs) and a mini digital video (DV) tape recorder. To make your own multimedia projects, the first thing you need to do is transfer the video you shot on your camera, which is stored on a mini DV tape, to your computer. This process is called capturing. You are capturing the video through the editing program and saving it on your computer.


Using a PC

1. Plug one end of the firewire cord to your mini DV camera’s firewire port and the other end into your computer’s firewire port. Refer to your computer and camera manuals to locate the port if you don’t know where they are.

2. Turn the power of your camera on.

3. Set your camera to playback mode.

4. Select “Capture Video using Windows Movie Maker” when the “Digital Video Device” dialog bus pops up. Press “OK.”

5. Type a name that you want to save your file as when the “Video Capture Wizard” dialog box appears. Then choose a location where you want to save the video.

6. Accept and use the default settings when the “Video Setting” dialog box pops up by selecting “Next.” The default setting is the one that says “Best quality for playback on my computer.”

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7. Select “Capture the entire tape automatically” when the “Capture Method” dialog box appears. You can choose to capture just parts, but it is easier to capture the whole tape and then erase parts you don’t want. Press “Next.”

8. Allow the computer to capture the entire tape. If you get to the end of the recorded parts before the computer captures the whole tape, select “Stop Capture.”

Transfer a Mini DV Tape on a Mac

9. Open iMovie.

10. Go to the “File” menu and select “New Project.” Name your project.

11. Connect your mini DV camera to your computer with a firewire cable. Plug one end of the cord into the camera, and one end into the computer. For help locating the firewire ports on both the camera and computer, refer to your manuals. Turn the camera on.

12. Select the camera icon in the “Capture” window that has opened automatically. Click on the icon to begin transferring the video from your mini DV camera. Name the video that you are capturing in the “Event” dialog box that has popped up. Select “OK.”

13. Press “Stop” to end the capture when you transfered all the video you need. Select “Done.”