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  • Transfer Video From Panasonic Camcorder to Computer

    You just shot a video on your Panasonic camcorder, and now you want to transfer that footage to your computer. How this is done depends on the type of camcorder and computer being used.

    Older Panasonic camcorders utilize a cable connection called FireWire. This is often found on camcorders that use video tapes for storing footage. The computer needs a FireWire enabled connection card, and a special cable is needed to connect the camcorder to the computer. Some models updated this connection with a USB connection. From here, software is needed to record the data. Some models of camcorders ship with software to be downloaded to the computer that allows the footage to be imported, but many computers ship with some form of software for footage imports.

    Transfer Video From Panasonic Camcorder to Computer

    A modern day Panasonic camcorder often stores footage on a medium known as the SD card. These are formatted to record based on the requirements of the camcorder. To transfer footage from this type of storage device, the SD card usually must be removed from the camera. The card can then be inserted into a builtin SD card reader on the computer or inserted into a USB card reader which can then be connected to a USB port on the computer. An adapter like this also exists for lightning connections to import videos to an iOS device, if need be.

    Importing From an SD Card

    Most computers made today ship with built in software for importing videos. Windows Movie Maker is a basic editor for Windows machines that enables the import of digital data from the SD card. iMovie is the software available for the Mac.

    Additionally, when the SD card is inserted in the computer, it appears within the file navigator and can be accessed like any other folder on the computer. Within the SD card folder is a video folder, either labelled to be a videos folder, or labeled as private. Within this folder is an AVCHD folder, and in this folder are the video files. They will be numbered and ordered chronologically based on when they were created. From here, the files can be copied into folders on the computer, then the SD card can be ejected. It is important to copy the files onto the computer so that the video editing software on the machine can find the files. If these remain on the SD card, the video editing software will not be able to find the files when the SD card is removed.

    Importing from FireWire to Ma

    Most Macs manufactured between 2008 and 2011 included a FireWire port built into the machine. To import footage over FireWire, the tape of the camcorder must be rewinded to the beginning of the footage, then software on the computer is used to record the tape information as it is played on the camera. Older versions of iMovie are able to natively import footage over FireWire. The Adobe suite of video editing software is also able to natively import footage.

     

    Importing from FireWire to PC

    Not every PC ships with a FireWire capture card. These can be purchased separately, then added to a desktop setup. For a laptop, it would need to already ship with a FireWire port to import via a FireWire cable. Assuming the hardware is present, the next step is the software. This follows a similar procedure as the Mac, where the software must be set to capture the footage playing on the camera. The tape of the camera must be set to the beginning of the footage before importing through the software. Windows Movie Maker is the Windows alternative to iMovie (which is a Mac exclusive). The Adobe suite can also be used here and any prepackaged software that came with the camcorder can also be used for importing footage.

    For both Mac and PC, the software gives options for quality settings and locations for the import. This stores the files on the computer to later be imported into the video editing software. The import software can then be closed and the camera safely ejected, either by selecting the eject option on the Windows start bar or dragging the camera/SD card to the trash on Mac.

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