How to Transfer Camcorder Videos to Computer?

Monica Pavtube

Sep 06, 2014 07:42 am / Posted by Monica Pavtube

There are many different types of camcorder on the market for recording media, prior to further operations like sharing, editing, uploading, and DVD burning, you will first need to transfer the camcorder videos to computer. However, you need to understand how to connect your camcorder to computer before transferring camcorder videos to computer.

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Connect camcorder to computer

What you’ll to connect your camcorder to computer

USB cable or Firewire cable (IEEE 1394 cable)
Supplied AC Adopter

How to connect camcorder to computer

Step 1: Connect the AC Adopter to your camcorder’s in-jack and the wall outlet (wall socket), and turn on the camcorder.

Step 2: Connect the USB/Firewire jack of your camcorder to the computer using the supplied USB/Firewire cable.

Step 3: Now your camcorder will be automatically detected and will mounted as a hard disk drive on computer (usually a Hint pop-up in the bottom right corner). If your camcorder doesn’t recognized by computer, install the driver using the supplied CD-ROM.

Transfer camcorder video to computer

After successfully connected your camcorder to computer, you can then easily transfer videos from camcorder to computer just like copying files from one disk to another. You can also use the provided software like Picture Motion Browser by Sony Camcorder or PixelaMixer by Canon camcorder to import video from camcorders to computer.

Transfer camcorder videos using Card Reader:

If you camcorder records video on Flash Memory such as Memory Stick or SD Card, you will need a Card reader to transfer video from flash memory to your computer. There are many card readers that are compatible with both Memory Stick and SD card, and usually have a USB jack, so you can easy transfer recorded video to computer after connecting the USB jack to USB port on your computer.

Tips when transferring camcorder videos to computer
1. The videos transferred from your camcorder to PC may take up a lot of hard drive space. If you have an external flash drive, or it’s convenient to burn camcorder video to DVD, you could transfer videos to external devices to save hard drive space.
2. It will require much processing power while transferring video from camcorder to computer. Therefore, you’d better close other running programs before transfer videos to your computer.
3. Refer to the manufacturer manual for your camcorder to see what type of connection you will need to transfer camcorder video.
4. Some DVD camcorder could directly record videos to DVD for playing with Blu-ray player or regular DVD player. To transfer recorded DVD videos on camcorder to computer, Pavtube DVDAid can help you to make a copy of DVD video from camcorder to computer.

Post Production

When the camcorder video transferring process is completed, you can do some post professional video editing work by either importing those video to professional video editing application such as iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Davinci Resolve, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas, etc. Or just for some simple video editing work such as video trimming, cropping, file merging, splitting, watermarking, applying special effects or inserting subtitles, etc with our simple to use and try before you buy application Pavtube Video Converter for Windows/Mac.

If you desire to transfer the camcorder video to smartphone, tablets or other portable devices for viewing on the move, it is very essential to compress your large camcorder video to small size video with our best video compression software for smooth playback effect.