Connecting a video camera to a computer simply requires using a FireWire, which turns the computer into a control module for the camera. Find the compatible cables to hook up a camcorder to a computer with tips from a digital device specialist in this free video on connecting hardware.
Hey it's Rokosz, your digital lifestyle expert here and I'm going to show you how to connect your camcorder to your computer. It's a pretty simple straightforward process. The first thing you want to do is evaluate what type of output capability your camcorder has. In this case, I know that it has a FireWire out and the FireWire looks just like this, it looks almost like a little mini USB connector except it's got a little bit of a dimple in the side of it and that allows it. Now with a FireWire connection like that, it sends down audio, video in to, up to and including high definition and control functions meaning once it's hooked up to the computer, the computer can act as a control module meaning when you play the camera plays. When you fast forward or shuttle through, it makes the camcorder and the tape do the same thing, it's very cool. And then you want to make sure that your computer has a FireWire input. Now usually it will have a large or full scale FireWire input like this, FireWire 400, there's also an 800, but most are coming out as a 400 with one of this minis. And we simply hook it or put it directly into the side of the unit. With a FireWirk cable here with both ends and now we're simply going to put the smaller FireQire directly in and now we have a FireWire connection between our camcorder and our computer. Now you want to make sure you've got the proper program to accept that into what we call log and capture and take or import the video. It's been my experience too that you should go ahead and make this connection if it all possible before you start your computer up for the day, if that's not a reality then go ahead and do make sure you do it before you launch your video editing program. It's been my experience that most video editing programs want to look for the external device on it's boot up or start up process. So just a little hint from me to you. Those two connections with the right cable, you're ready to take your home movies and put them into your computer. Hope that works out for you, I'm Rokosz, your digital lifestyle expert saying stream you later.
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