How do I Transfer a DVM60 Tape to CD?

Updated February 21, 2017

A DVM60 is the large format name for miniDV. MiniDV is a small videotape used in a variety of home geared video cameras. In order to edit the contents of the videotape you must import it onto your computer. Once on the computer you are able to do whatever you wish with the content, including back the data up onto a CD.

Plug the FireWire cable into the FireWire connection port on the DVM60-based video camera. Connect the opposite end of the cable into the FireWire connection port on your computer.

Open Windows Movie Maker, then power on the video camera. Select the "Capture" option, then choose the DVM60 video camera (once it appears in a pop-up window).

Click "Record" and the video editor automatically begins to import the video onto the computer. Select "Stop" at any moment to stop the import process. The file appears as a thumbnail on the right side of the screen.

Click-and-drag the thumbnail down to the timeline, then choose "File," "Save Movie As." Choose a location to save the file to, then enter a name and click "OK" to save the file.

Insert the blank CD into the CD burner, then close out the AutoPlay window that loads onto the screen.

Click "Start," "(My) Computer," then double-click the CD icon. Click-and-drag the exported video file into the window that loads onto the screen. Close out the window, then right-click the CD icon. Choose "Properties," "Record," then "OK" and the video file is placed onto the CD.

Things You'll Need

  • DVM60 based video camera
  • FireWire cable
  • Blank CD
  • CD burner
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