Camcorders not only capture and record video, but also the most important and precious moments and memories of our life. In order to make the most of the captured video it should be passed to a computer. The easiest way to pass video from camcorder to PC is to use a USB cable o Firewire. Once the video has been transferred to your PC, thanks to the video editing software it will be possible to modify and personalize it as you wish in order to burn it to DVD and watch it on TV with all the family or friends.
How to Connect Camcorder to Computer
Here's what you need to connect the camera to a computer:
> USB or Firewire cable (IEEE 1394 cable)
> AC Adopter Power Supply
How to connect camcorder to computer:
Step 1: Connect the power adapter to the camera and turn on the camera.
Step 2: Connect the USB / Firewire socket of the camcorder to the computer using the supplied USB / Firewire cable.
Step 3: The camera will be automatically detected and will appear as a hard drive on your computer (usually a notification appears on the bottom right of the desktop). If your camcorder is not recognized by your computer, install the drivers using the supplied CD-ROM.
How to Switch Video from Camcorder to PC:
After the camcorder is connected to the computer, you can easily transfer videos from the camcorder to the computer, just like copying a file from one disk to another. You could also install and run the software that came with the camcorder such as Picture Motion Browser for Sony Cameras e PixelaMixer for Canon camcorders. These software allow you to import and edit video from your camcorder.
Transfer Videos from Camcorder to PC with a Card Reader:
If you set up the camcorder to record videos on a memory card, such as Memory Stick or SD Card, a card reader (card reader) to pass videos from the memory to your computer. There are many brands of card readers that are compatible with both Memory Stick and SD card, and they usually have a USB socket so that you can easily transfer the video files recorded by the camcorder to your computer.
Tips for transferring video from your camcorder
1. Transferring video from a camcorder to a PC can take up a lot of hard drive space. If you have an external drive it is convenient to transfer videos to it to save space on your computer. Or it might be worthwhile to transfer and burn video from your camcorder to DVD
2. It is advisable to close other running programs before transferring videos to your computer.
3. Consult the camera manufacturer's manual to understand the type of connection required to transfer video from it.
4. The camcorder could directly record videos to DVD for Blu-ray or DVD player playback. To transfer recorded videos to DVD, the Video Converter program could help you convert camcorder videos to DVD.
Video formats recorded by camcorders vary a lot according to different manufacturers such as Sony, Canon, Panasonic. Standard definition (SD) videos usually have the extension AVI, MOV, MPG, MP4, MOD, etc., while the high definition (HD) ones are in TOD, MTS, M2TS and so on. A lot of video editing software on the market could help you edit the transfer on your computer, and if you don't want to use complex and professional programs like Sony Vegas and Adobe Premiere then we suggest you give it a try. FILMORA Video Editor.
In general, you can't turn SD video into HD. But you can convert HD video to SD for smaller size and greater compatibility with any device or player. In case you want to publish the video online, it is recommended to convert the videos to FLV or MP4, formats also suitable for YouTube and Facebook.
If your purpose is to watch videos on TV then you will need to burn video to DVD using a DVD burning software.
I HAVE SONY DCR-HC14E CAMERA
to download video to computer - laptop with hdmi input (I don't have IEEE1394 input)
how can I do ?
I have a DCR-PC120E PAL video camera, what is the cable to connect the video camera to the PC and how to proceed. thanks
My video camera is still one of those with the small cassette (no Cards). I have an S-Video cable that I can connect to a Cinch / HDMI device and from there with an HDMI cable to the PC. But the PC does not "see" the camera ... Who can help me?
The cd in use with my camera contains drivers that are not compatible with the win10 operating system. How can I do? I don't find any on the net.
Excuse me, could you explain in simple words, what to do if the pc does not recognize the camera?
Thanks so much
Usually when you connect the camcorder to the computer via USB cable, a notification appears on the computer allowing you to install the drivers and then recognize the connected device. If it does not appear then you have to look for the cd (usually supplied with the camera) to use to install the drivers on your computer.