Information on How to Capture Video on PC


Having the knowledge on capturing videos using your PC has many great applications. There is software you can use with your PC to capture videos, Movie Maker and iMovie are examples this article is going to base on. The term video capture refers to the process of transferal analog videos from video capturing devices like a Video Home System or a Camcorder. The new copy of the video that has been formatted can now be edited and copied to DVDs, viewed from the computer or even uploaded to the internet. Several recent analog recording devices allow for DV pass-through technology. This means it permits you to capture videos without having first to install special hardware components for video capture.


This article is going to teach you how to capture videos from a Digital Video camera using a FireWire cable. The applications that will be used are Movie Maker for Windows and iMovie for Apple. The article is also going to teach you how to use Digital Video pass technology in a Digital Video camera to capture videos from analog devices (for example the VCR).

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How to Capture a Video Using Movie Maker

– Start by connecting the DV device to your PC. Find the FireWire port on your camera and plug the FireWire cable. Connect the other end of the cable to any free USB port on your PC.

– Set your camera to the VCR or VST mode. When your device is connected, a dialog box automatically opens, on this dialog box, click on import video.

– Give your video file a name by typing it’s name then choose the memory location on your hard drive to store it.

– Select a format for the video from the list of options and then click on next.

– Capture your video file. To get the video on your computer, click on ‘import entire video to my computer’ then click on next. The menu is going to display some progress report, and a notification is going to prompt you once the conversion is complete. By now, you will be having a digital copy of your analog video saved in the memory location you selected in the third step.

Using Movie Maker to Convert Analog Video to Digital.

– Start by changing the settings of your DV camera to pass-through. This is to enable the analog-digital conversion feature.

– Use either an S-Video or a composite video cable to connect your analog device to the DV camera.

– Import the analog video to your PC. Your DV camera is not going to do the analog to digital conversion. You, therefore, will need to import the video to your computer using the record feature present in Windows movie maker. To do this, set your Digital Video camcorder to VCR/VST mode, and then in the Autoplay dialog box that shows up, click on import video. Name your video in the name field and then choose the right format for the video. Select the memory location to store your video, and then click on next.

– After the importing process is complete, you are going to have a digital copy of the analog video, and it will be located in the memory location you had selected.

Using iMovie and DV Camera to Convert an Analog Video to Digital.

– Begin by importing the analog video into the iMovie application: To achieve this, set your DV camera to VCR/VST mode, then using a FireWire cable, connect it to the computer. An import window opens automatically.

Convert the video file: Check on the switch on the left-hand side of the import window is on Automatic, then click on import. Choose a memory location to save your project by selecting the ‘Save to’ on the popup menu. Give your project a name on the Create new field then click on OK. The process of analog-digital conversion is complete.

The processes above on capturing videos to your PC are based on the default Windows and Apple video capture software. There is other video capture software out there that you can use to serve the same purpose. The Windows 7 operating system does not come with the Movie Maker, although it can be freely downloaded from Microsoft.



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