How to connect a camcorder to a computer?
Virtually every Russian family has a video camera, someone has an old MiniDV and HDV format that uses videotape as a carrier, someone has new digital video cameras that write information to a flash card or hard disk. But before all sooner or later the question arises of how to connect a video camera to a computer to save information.
Connecting MiniDV and HDV cameras
To connect the film video cameras, use the DV cable that comes in the kit. One end of the cable connects to the DV out connector on the camcorder, the other connects to the computer's system through the IEEE1394 connector, also called FireWire or i.Link. Then you need to turn on the camcorder, and the computer will automatically detect the new connected device. If there is no such connector on your PC, then you will have to buy a PCI card with an IEEE1394 interface and connect it to the computer motherboard.
Connecting Digital Camcorders
The main way to connect a digital video camera to a PC is a USB cable, which is surely included as standard. To do this, we connect the usb-cord to the corresponding connectors of the computer and the video camera, turn on the camera and wait until the system detects it.
For most camcorders to work properly, you need to install the drivers that are on the included CD into your computer. To install them, insert the disk into the computer drive and wait for it to load. In the menu that opens, select the item "Install driver". You may additionally need to specify the model of the camera or the type of operating system of your computer. When the installation of the drivers is complete, you need to restart the computer.
If suddenly it happened that the drivers were not included, and the system requires their installation, you can download them from the official website of the manufacturer. To do this, launch a web browser, enter the name of the camera manufacturer in the search, go to the site, select and download drivers for the camera model you need. Then you need to install the driver and restart the computer.We hope that in this short article, we have explained in an easy and understandable way how to connect a video camera to a computer.