How to Burn DVD's from Your Canon Camera Hard Drive

With some models of video cameras made by Canon, hard drive options are built inside. The internal storage allows the user to capture video and save it inside the video camera. From here, the user can choose to save it onto a DVD for easier distribution for viewing with family, friends or other people. The following is a few simple steps to transferring videos from the Canon camera’s hard drive to other formats, such as DVD.

Step 1: Launch the DVD Burner Program

There is a wide variety of programs which allow you to access the Canon video camera, capture the data and burn the data onto a DVD. These can be downloaded from the Internet or purchased from software companies. Choose one which has the appropriate functions that fits the specifications of both the computer and the video camera. After downloading, launch the program by double clicking on the icon located at the Desktop.

Step 2: Connect the Canon Camera to a Computer via USB Cable

Canon video cameras may offer one or several options for connecting the device to a computer. Older models that use mini DV tapes have a Firewire port. The computer or laptop must also have a Firewire port in order to work. Newer Canon video cameras have a USB port which is used to connect the device to a computer.  A USB cable is often included in the package. This cable is important as the port on the video camera can be of a different shape or size compared to other devices that also have a USB port. Connect the corresponding ends to the camera and the computer. Afterwards, turn on the video camera. This will allow the computer to detect the device being connected.

Step 3: Import the Video

Once the camera has been detected by the computer, the software should offer the option of importing the video. Capturing the video can also be done by manually accessing the Capture feature of the program. Different programs offer distinct features. Some allow the user to import the entire video as a single file or in several parts. Saving as a single file requires less decision making but will entail a much larger file size. Selecting which areas to save entails more time, but saves more space on the local hard drive.

Step 4: Edit the Video

Some programs allow you to edit the video prior to burning onto a DVD. You will be able to add transitions, text, music and other effects to enhance the quality of your videos.

Step 5: Burn the Video onto the DVD

Once the editing process is completed, it is time to transfer the data onto a DVD. Place a DVD disc into the tray. Make sure to select and use a disc which is compatible with the computer’s DVD writer and the DVD player. Click Burn or Export. Select the type of disc being inserted and the export file format. Press Ok or Burn to finalize all settings and wait for the program to finish burning the data onto the DVD.