How to Play Camcorder Discs in a Computer DVD Player

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How to Play Camcorder Discs in a Computer DVD Player
Watch recorded DVDs on your computer. (computer image by Ewe Degiampietro from

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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • MiniDVD

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

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

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