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How to Use a DV Cable Socket to Transfer From a Video Camera to a DVD Recorder

Updated February 21, 2017

A DV (digital video) cable socket on a video camera allows you to transfer the digital videos recorded on the camera to another device, such as a DVD recorder. This lets you archive and save videos to long-lasting DVDs, so you can delete the digital recordings off the camcorder, creating additional space on the hard drive for new recordings. An IEEE 1394 socket, sometimes known as a firewire, is a common method for connecting a DV cable. Some camcorders use a USB cable, so the DVD recorder must also be equipped with a USB socket to work with these cameras.

Turn off the video camera by toggling the power switch, typically along the top or back edge.

Remove the protective flap over the connection panel on the video camera to reveal the DV socket.

Connect the DV cable from the output socket on the video camera to the corresponding input socket on the rear of your DVD recorder.

Eject the DVD recorder's media tray to load a blank disc and close the tray.

Set the video camera to playback, as opposed to recording. The camera will usually have a mode switch on the top or side.

Press the "Menu" control on the video camera to locate the digital video files you want to transfer to the DVD recorder. Highlight a file to transfer using the up, down, left and right navigation buttons on the camera.

Press the "Record" button on the DVD recorder to get the DVD up to speed. Many DVD recorders require several seconds to initialise before recording begins, so press "Record" before starting the video camera.

Press "Play" on the video camera to start the selected video file, which transmits to the DVD recorder for burning to the blank disc.

Things You'll Need

  • FireWire or USB cable, typically supplied with the video camera
  • Blank, recordable DVDs
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James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.