Import live video from a DV camera

You can import live video from a digital video (DV) camera to your computer by using Import Video. When you import live video from a DV camera to your computer, the live video is encoded into a video file and saved to your computer's hard disk. After you import the live video, you can edit the resulting video file by using video editing software, such as Windows Movie Maker.

  1. Make sure your DV camera is connected properly to an IEEE 1394 port or a USB 2.0 connection, and then set the camera mode to record live video (often labeled as Camera on a DV camera).

  2. In the Autoplay dialog box that displays when you turn on the DV camera, click Import Video.

  3. In the Name box, type a name for the video file that you will create, import, and then save to your computer.

  4. Choose a location to save your file from the Import to list, or click Browse to choose another location.

  5. In the Format list, choose one of the following video file formats for the new video file, and then click Next:

    • If you want to create a single file using the filetype that your digital video device uses by default, such as an AVI or DV-AVI file, choose Audio Video Interleaved (single file).

    • If you want to create a single Windows Media Video (WMV) file containing all of the information on the video tape, choose Windows Media Video File (single file).

    • If you want to create a WMV file for every scene on the videotape, choose Windows Media Video (one file per scene).

  6. Click Start Video Import.

  7. Do one of the following:

    • When you have finished importing the live video that you want to import, click Stop Video Import.

    • If you have selected the Stop importing after check box, wait for the specified amount of time for the live video to be imported.

  8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 to import more live video to the specified video file.

  9. Click Finish.

    The imported video is saved as one or more video files on your computer and appears in Windows Photo Gallery.

Note

  • You can also open Import Video using Windows Movie Maker. With the DV camera connected to your computer and turned on in camera mode, in Windows Movie Maker, on the File menu, click Import from Digital Video Camera.

  • You can also open Import Video using Windows Photo Gallery. With the DV camera connected to your computer and turned on in camera mode, in Windows Photo Gallery, click File, click Import from Camera or Scanner, click your DV camera in the list of devices, and then click Import.