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Connect your camcorder to a PC

By Jakob Jelling
Snapjunky.com

Although it might sound like an easy thing to do, connecting a camcorder to a PC can be trickier than it looks. In order to properly connect your camcorder to a PC, there are some steps you should follow and make sure to achieve. Once you have learnt the main steps, it will turn into task really easy and fast to complete.

First of all, you should be sure that your PC has a FireWire port, since this is a very important aspect of the connection. A FireWire Port is very useful not only for connecting a camcorder to the PC but also for connecting many other peripheral devices to it as well.

A second step you should check is that the PC has the proper software which would allow you to watch your camcorder's video on it. The main software piece you should have is Microsoft DirectX, which would allow you to view your videos enjoying of a high quality of graphics and sound.

You should also make sure you have the cables necessary for the camcorder-PC connection. Most of the times, camcorders bring their own connection cables, but you should check they are correct and learn how to properly connect them. You should be aware that there are two different types of cables, one type has 6 pins and the other has 4 pins. FireWire connection cables usually are of 4 pins on the camcorder end and 6 pins at the PC end.

Once you are sure you have all the elements mentioned before, you are ready to actually connect your camcorder to the PC. You should just plug the connecting cable to the camcorder and to the PC. Once they are connected, the PC usually would automatically detect the camcorder signal and open a dialogue window.

If you have any problem regarding your FireWire Port functioning, you can check it by selecting the device manager option. If you do not know where to find this option, you should try by looking for it on the Properties section of My Computer, into the Hardware area displayed.

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