Which types of digital video cameras and connections can I use to import video?

You can use a digital video (DV) camera to import video from a videotape (or from a live source) to your computer when using Import Video.

To import high-quality video using Import Video, you can connect your DV camera to your computer in one of two ways. The first method is to use an IEEE 1394 connection. In this case, one end of the IEEE 1394 cable is connected to the DV port on your camera and the other end of the cable is plugged into an IEEE 1394 port on your computer. This connection method is more popular than the second connection type, which uses USB 2.0.

If you have a DV camera that supports streaming over USB (also called a USB Video Class [UVC] camera), you can connect the video camera to your computer by using a USB 2.0 connection. To determine whether your DV camera supports USB streaming over DV, check Windows Device Manager and determine if the camera appears as a "USB Video Device," or check the documentation that came with your DV camera or go to the manufacturer's website.

For information about what type of connection to use and how to connect your DV camera, check the documentation that came with your camera or go to the manufacturer's website.