How to import video with Window Movie Maker, transfer video

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How to import video with Window Movie Maker, transfer video

Postby Claire » Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:33 am

Looking for free easy software to use to transfer your videos to your Computer? You can use Windows Movie Maker and follow the guide below.

How to transfer your camcorder videos onto your computer with free Windows Movie Maker software:

Windows XP (see below for Vista)
Windows Movie maker is most probably already installed on you computer, if is not it is because the updates have turned off. See Microsoft for information on how to download Windows Movie Maker

1) Camera detection If you camcorder is not detected by your computer after hooking up the cable to your computer and after having turned on your camcorder selecting the setting Play, you may need to install the driver provided with your camcorder. If you lost the disk you will most likely be able to find the driver on the manufacturers website. If you have the choice between USB or Firewire cable, take Firewire connection as it doesn't require drivers.


2) Select/Open Windows Movie Maker Once your camera is detected may see the following pop up window proposing various choices, select: Capture Video, using Windows Movie Maker.
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If you are not presented with this window you can go to Start | All Programs | Windows Movie Maker. Once Windows Movie Maker opens select in the upper left corner Capture from video device
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3) Select destination Enter a name for the video you will import and select a place on your computer for your video file to be saved to. Click on Next.
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4) Video Setings Select the format the importing format for your video file. Leaving in Best quality will save the video in WMV format, a widely supported format which can later be used in other applications.
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5) Capture Method Select whether to import the whole file or only a portion of the video file. Click on next.
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6) Capture progress The importing progress has started. When finished you can close Windows Movie Maker and go directly to where you have saved this video file. You can play the file with Windows Media Player or with other software such as VLC.
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If you want to burn these files to DVD to watch them on your TV, in case your DVD player does not accept WMV files you can use ConvertXtoDVD to convert and burn your WMV files to DVD format so that any DVD player can read your videos.



Windows Vista
1) Camera detection If you camcorder is not detected by your computer after hooking up the cable to your computer and after having turned on your camcorder selecting the setting Play, you may need to install the driver provided with your camcorder. If you lost the disk you will most likely be able to find the driver on the manufacturers website. If you have the choice between USB or Firewire cable, take Firewire connection as it doesn't require drivers.


2) Select/Open Windows Movie Maker Once your camera is detected may see the following pop up window proposing various choices, select: Import Video, using Windows Import Video.
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If you are not presented with this window you can go to Start | All Programs | Windows Movie Maker. Once Windows Movie Maker opens select in the upper left corner From digital video camera
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3) Select destination Enter a name for the video you will import and select a place on your computer for your video file to be saved to. Select the output format. It is recommended to set this to Audio Video Interleaved (single file). This will create and AVI file, a format that is widely supported and that can be later used in other applications.
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4) Import Video Select whether to import the whole file or only a portion of the video file. Click on next.
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5) Capture progress The importing progress has started. When finished you can close Windows Movie Maker and go directly to where you have saved this video file. You can play the file with Windows Media Player or with other software such as VLC.
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If you want to burn these files to DVD to watch them on your TV, in case your DVD player does not accept AVI files you can use ConvertXtoDVD to convert and burn your AVI files to DVD format so that any DVD player can read your videos.
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