How to Transfer Digital Camera to DVD

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How to Transfer Digital Camera to DVD
Movies will take up a lot more space on the disc than photos. (a dvd-r disc image by wayne ruston from

Digital cameras are available for taking both movies and still photos. Saving and burning either of these media will help preserve them. The software you need for importing and then burning the files depends on whether you are transferring movies or still photos. Digital video cameras and their software programs are already designed to help you burn movies to DVD. A photo software program might only work directly with CDs, however, requiring an extra program.

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    Connect the digital camera to the computer using either its USB or FireWire cable.

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    Open the movie editing software on your computer if this does not automatically open when you connect the camera. Windows Movie Maker often comes standard on most Microsoft systems while iMovie is available on Apple; both are also downloadable.

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    Import the video from the camera to the software using its Import command, located either in the program's File menu or on a task bar. Select your camera from the available drives, select the movie file(s) and click the Import button.

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    Insert the DVD into your disc drive.

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    Drag the movie file from the application's storyboard or event into the program's collection or project pane. You may need to give the project a name upon doing this.

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    Click on the "Burn to Disc" or similar command in the program to burn the movie to the DVD.

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    Connect the camera to the computer and open your photo software application, like iPhoto, DVD Photo Slideshow or Google Picasa.

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    Import the photos from the camera to the application using the Import command.

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    Export your selected photos to a DVD burning application using the command in the Share menu, then open the DVD application. This is only needed if the photo program won't burn onto a DVD (only a CD).

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    Click on the "Burn to DVD" command either using the button displayed within the application or in the Share menu.

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