How to Transfer a Mini DV Cassette to a DVD

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How to Transfer a Mini DV Cassette to a DVD
Turn mini DVs into DVDs to play them for friends and family. (a dvd-r disc image by wayne ruston from

A mini DV is a small cassette used to capture digital recordings on some video cameras. The cassettes capture a high quality image that both amateurs and professionals can use for their work. Mini DV's differ from most digital recordings because they record on a tape instead of a memory card. A DV cassette can't be played over a VHS machine. However, the tape is transferable to DVD which makes it easy to share with others.

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Things you need

  • FireWire cable
  • Video capture software
  • DVD burner
  • Blank DVD

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  1. 1

    Open a video capturing program such as iMovie or Final Cut. This software allows the user to import the information from the mini DV onto the computer.

  2. 2

    Insert the cassette in the camera. Rewind the cassette to the beginning of the material that you wish to transfer.

  3. 3

    Connect the camera and the computer with a firewire cable.

  4. 4

    Start a new project in the video capture program. Select "Capture" and choose the video camera from the list of devices presented. Press start to begin the recording process.

  5. 5

    Press play on the digital video camera. Run the video to the end of the recorded material and then stop the video camera. Stop the recording on the digital capturing software as well. Save the file to a memorable location.

  6. 6

    Insert a writable DVD into the DVD burner on the computer. Find the file saved in Step 5. Click on it and drag it into the DVD burning drive. Select "Burn." Note that a normal DVD holds 4.7 gigabytes. If the captured file is larger than this, more than one disk is needed for recording. Wait for the DVD to write the entire file. Some DVD burners eject the disk automatically when finished and others leave an on-screen message.

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