Importing footage

Depending on the source of your video files, you may need to upload them to your computer before editing.

Most USB flash based devices will allow you to drag and drop the file from the device to your chosen location. If your video is contained on a digital tape device follow the steps below.

Import from DV tape

  • Connect your DV camera to your computer and then set the camera mode to play recorded video (possibly labelled as VTR or VCR on a DV camera).
  • A dialog box should ask if you would like to import video form the device. This will allow you to set up a save location for the file/s.
  • You may import video from your device as a single file either in a native format from your device (such as AVI or DV-AVI), or as an encoded WMV (Windows Media Video) file.  The latter file will be able to import a long video and split by scene.
  • The imported video will be saved to your chosen location, and the file will also appear in Windows Photo Gallery (optional: - included in Windows essentials download).

You can also import files using Windows Movie Maker.  Connect the device to your computer, switch to playback mode then, in Windows Movie Maker, go to the File menu, click Import from Digital Video Camera.

When importing footage to Movie Maker it may take some time to load, index and prepare the files for editing.  A progress bar will appear in the bottom left of the window.


If I plug in my mobile phone or iPhone to my computer what will it look like? Will the interface be the same?

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