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Connecting your Camcorder to your computer

Before you start transferring films or images, make sure your camcorder is running on mains power. If that’s not possible, make sure the battery is fully charged.

It’s helpful to read the manufacturer’s instructions too. They’ll be available either as a leaflet in the box, on a disc, or by downloading them from the manufacturer’s website.

Let’s get started:

  1. Install the software that came with your new camera. Do this before you connect it to the computer. This software contains programs to capture your films, edit and play them back.
  2. Don’t switch your camera on yet. Wait until it’s connected to your computer.
  3. Different camcorders use different cables to connect. Yours might look like this: 

    USB and mini USB cables

  4. socket on camcorders for cables to go into also varies. Yours might look like this: 

    mini USB

  5. Put the computer end of the cable into your laptop or desktop first. Remember, make sure your camera is switched off. Then connect the camera to the cable. Now you can switch the camera on.
  6. Use the software supplied with the camera to edit your film. You could also have a look at the Comet Basic Editing Tips guide.
  7. Different camcorders use different technology to store film and images. They include cards and discs like this: 

    SD card

Descriptions

SD/SDHC cards/memory stick cards can be read directly by your computer if you have a card reader.

Mini DVDs can be read directly by most DVD players. If you’ve got one of these, you need to transfer the film to your computer to edit it.

This kind of storage is built in. It can’t normally be upgraded or removed.

Flash and MiniDVD can be read directly by your computer if you’ve got a card reader or a DVD-ROM drive. If you’ve got these, you don’t need to plug the whole camcorder in to transfer film to your computer (though it will work if you do).


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