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How To Transfer Video From Canon Camcorder To Computer

You've just recorded some footage on your new Canon camcorder. Maybe it's a vlog, or a cinematic masterpiece, or even just some footage of nature, but the end result is that you want to transfer what you've recorded to the computer. You might not know how to do that at first, though, which is what we'll cover here, in this step by step guide.

What You'll Need

There are a few extra piece of technology you'll need, to transfer video, from your camcorder to a computer. Aside from the camera itself and your trusty personal computer, you'll need to invest in either a USB cable or fireware cable (IEEE 1394), as well as the AC adapter that comes with your camcorder. Once you've acquired these parts, the hardest part of the process will already be completed.

Connecting to a Computer

First, connect the AC adapter into your camcorder on one end and a nearby wall outlet on the other and turn it on.

Next, plug in the USB or fireware cable to both your video camcorder and computer ports. Once you do this, your computer should automatically recognize the camera as a hard disk drive. If this doesn't happen, you'll likely need to install the proper drivers with a CD-ROM that came with your camera (if you've lost the disk, you might be able to locate the files online from the manufacturer's website).

Transfer Video From Canon Camcorder To Computer

Transferring Videos

After you've successfully gotten your computer to recognize your camcorder, you should be able to transfer files to and from your computer with ease. Simply open the drive coinciding with your device and cut or copy the video files you wish to transfer, pasting them to a different folder on your computer's hard drive.

If your goal is to edit your videos like a professional, Canon even has a dedicated program packaged with their video camcorders that will automatically import video files from a linked camcorder known as PixelaMixer.

Alternate Transfer Methods

Depending on the model of Canon camcorder you have and how you've set it up, you may have a camera that records video and stores files on a memory stick or SD card. If this is the case, the method for video transfer will be slightly different, requiring a different piece of hardware.

To transfer your videos from these storage devices, you'll need a dedicated card reader. Certain computers, especially laptops, may come with these as part of their hardware, but if your machine lacks an integrated card reader, there are separate devices available for purchase. These card reader attachments are often USB compatible, making transfer as easy, if not more so, than the previous method.


Following these tips should allow you to easily transfer any video files you want from your Canon video camcorder to your computer with no trouble whether you're planning to edit your footage, watch it on your PC, or burn it to a disk for later viewing.

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