How to Connect a Canon 3CCD Camcorder to a Computer

Updated February 21, 2017

Unlike many cameras, the Canon 3 CCD camcorders don't connect to the computer with a USB cable. The Canon connects using a DV cable. DV cables are also referred to as FireWire, ICCD 1394 or iLink cables. DV cables come in four- or six-pin versions as well. The pin version required depends on the pin number for the DV port on your computer. The Canon also requires that capture software be installed on the computer to capture the incoming video and audio.

Turn the power dial to "On" on the Canon camcorder. Also, power the computer on.

Press the "Menu" button on the Canon. Using the Canon's LCD as a display screen, turn the "Select" dial to the "Signal Setup" menu. Choose the "Playback Std" sub-menu. Select either "DV" (digital video) or "HDV" (high-definition video). If you are downloading high-definition video to the computer, make sure the "HD Down-Conv" setting in the Playback Std menu is set to "Off." Press "Menu" again to save settings.

Open the video capture software. You can use Canon's console software, which is sold separately and can be purchased from a Canon dealer (see Resources), or another editing and capture software such as Final Cut Pro or AVID (see Resources).

Insert the DV cable into the DV port on the rear of the camera.

Insert the other end of the DV cable into the DV port on the computer.

Press the "Play" button on the Canon 3 CCD camcorder. On the computer, press the record icon in the capture software interface to capture and record the incoming video to the computer. Press the "Stop" button to end the recording.

Things You'll Need

  • QuickTime software
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