How Do I Download a Video to My PC From a JVC Camcorder?

Updated February 21, 2017

JVC digital camcorders connect to a personal computer or laptop with a USB cable to offload video files to the computer where the footage can be edited, saved and burnt to a DVD if desired. The software that comes with the camcorder must be installed on the PC so it can communicate with the camera. Once transferred to PC, the original video can be deleted from the camera to free up memory on the internal hard drive.

Insert the USB plug on each end of the cable into the port on the back of the JVC camcorder and any free port on the PC.

Power on the computer and wait for the "New hardware Detected" message to display.

Double-click the name of the JVC camera software on the computer if the program does not launch automatically when the PC recognises the camcorder is attached.

Click the "File" tab, select "Open" and highlight the video files on the JVC camcorder to download to the computer. Press and hold the "Control" key to highlight more than one file.

Click "Download Files" to copy the video files onto the computer's hard drive.


Use the right-hand mouse button to click on a downloaded video file, then choose "Rename" to pick a more recognisable name for the stored video. The JVC camcorder assigns number names to each new recording, for example, MOV1, MOV2 and MOV3.


Once the video is deleted from the JVC camcorder, it cannot be retrieved.

Things You'll Need

  • USB cable, which typically comes with the JVC camcorder
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James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.