Transfering Camcorder Video to DVD Using a USB Connection

After editing, your camcorders video can be transferred to a DVD with just a few clicks of your mouse. Once transferred, you can make copies to give as gifts. This is a great way to share memories from a special event such as a wedding or graduation ceremony.

Create Your DVD Video

Transferring your video to DVD permanently stores your video. It also frees up hard drive space on your digital camcorder, as you can delete the footage once the transfer is complete to the DVD.

By following the steps below, you can easily transfer your camcorder's video to DVD. To accomplish this, you will need the following:

  • Digital camcorder
  • USB cable
  • Blank recordable DVDs
  • Computer with DVD burner

Step 1: Connect the USB Cable

Use the USB cable that came with your digital camcorder to connect it to the USB port on your computer. Make sure that your camcorder is turned off during connection and when you disconnect it after burning your DVD.

Step 2: Retrieve Your Footage

Activate your camera. Your computer will display the message "New Hardware Detected" on the screen. A box will come up where you can select your camcorder from a list. This will bring up another box, where you will select your video footage or the camcorder by double clicking on the appropriate icon.

Step 3: Save a Copy

Once you have made your selection, you can save a copy to your computer in one of two ways. If you have selected your camcorder from the list, you will use the video software program to save a copy. You will click on the "File" tab and then click "Open". Select the video file and click on "Download" to download the file.

If you have selected the video footage from the list, you will click on "File" and then "Save As". Choose a name for the video and click "Ok" to save a copy.

Step 4: Load a Blank DVD

Take a blank recordable DVD and place it in your computer's media tray. Close the tray. You will hear some whirring noises for a few moments as your computer acknowledges the DVD.

Step 5: Open DVD Burner Program

Your computer may open a box automatically to ask what you want to do with the DVD you inserted. Select "Burn" from the list. If your computer does not automatically open a box, open your DVD burner program manually.

Step 6: Select the Video File

From the DVD burner menu, select the video file you wish to burn. Depending on the burn program, you can either right click on the video and select "Burn" or click on, drag and drop the video file into the Burn list in the software.

If you used the right click method, this will automatically begin the burn process. If you used the other method, you will click on "Start Burn" to burn your DVD.

Step 7: Finalization

After the burn process is complete, your DVD will be finalized. Make sure that you wait until your DVD has been finalized before removing it from your computer. This will ensure that your DVD is properly encoded for playing on other equipment, such as a DVD player.

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