How to Play Camcorder Discs in a Computer DVD Player

Updated February 21, 2017

Some digital video cameras record the data onto a miniDVD. Each recording is saved as an individual video file on the miniDVD. Once the miniDVD is full, it is ejected from the video camera and you insert a new disc. However, because the video content is saved as an individual video file on a DVD, it is possible to watch the content with a built-in DVD drive on your computer.

Power on the computer and open the DVD tray of your DVD drive. You cannot use a miniDVD with a laptop that has a slot for the DVD drive instead of a tray (such as what is on all Macbook laptops). This is because the miniDVD is smaller than a standard-sized disc and does not insert properly into the drive.

Close the DVD tray and the computer detects the inserted disc. However, more than likely no software loads on screen.

Click "Start," "Computer" and double-click the DVD icon. A window loads with all the video files stored on the miniDVD.

Double-click one of the video files and the default media player loads on screen (such as Windows Media Player or QuickTime).

Select "Play" and the content of the miniDVD plays on screen. Repeat this process with every file on the miniDVD you want to watch.

Things You'll Need

  • MiniDVD
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Greyson Ferguson is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in film and television. He currently resides in Lansing, Michigan where he works on independent film projects and writes for numerous publications. Ferguson primarily focuses on computer and electronic articles. Greyson produces, focusing on only upbeat news stories with daily updates.