91 Send Your Movie to a DV Camera

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Before You Begin

81 Preview Your Final Movie

82 About Video Output Hardware

If you have a digital video camera (DV camera), you can send a movie to a tape in the camera. You then can watch the movie on the DV camera or on a television you plug into the DV camera. If you have existing video on the tape before your starting point for the movie, both the previous content and your movie can reside on the tape at the same time.

Be sure to turn on your DV camera before starting this task. Movie Maker will refuse to continue with the Save Movie Wizard if you have not connected a DV camera or have not turned it on before starting the save process to the camera.



Most DV cameras connect to your computer by way of a FireWire cable. As long as your DV camera connects using a FireWire cable, Movie Maker can sense the camera's presence and write the movie to it.

  1. Review Movie and Select File, Save Movie File

    Click the Monitor pane's Play button to watch your movie. Make sure the movie is final and ready to be produced. If the movie is final, select Save Movie File from the File menu. You will be presented with several destinations for your movie.



    Your DV camera must be set to the VCR or VTR setting before Movie Maker can save a movie to the camera's tape (also known as playback mode ).

  2. Select DV Camera

    Click DV Camera at the bottom of the dialog box to send your movie to your digital video camera attached to your computer.

  3. Click Next

    Click Next to move to the camera's cueing dialog box.

  4. Cue DV Camera's Tape

    Fast forward or rewind the tape in your DV camera to the point where you want to place the movie.



    If you have multiple digital video devices connected to your computer, Movie Maker displays a list of them so that you can select the one you want to use for the movie. If you only have one DV camera connected, as will most often be the case, you won't have to select your DV camera.

  5. Click Next

    After your tape is cued to where you want the movie to appear, click the Next button to begin the recording process.

  6. Click Yes and Wait for Write to Tape

    Movie Maker warns you that the tape will be overwritten with your movie. Of course, that's what you want to happen. As long as you're sure you have the proper tape in your DV camera (it won't hurt to check so you don't overwrite a tape you want to keep), click the Yes button to start the process.



    If you routinely display the Task pane (using View, Task Pane ), you can skip right to step 5 by clicking the Task pane option labeled Send to DV camera .

    Movie Maker begins writing your movie to the DV camera's tape. A progress bar appears on your screen showing the status of the write.

  7. Click Finish

    After Movie Maker completes the writing to the tape in your DV camera, click the Finish button to return to Movie Maker.

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Digital Video with Windows XP in a Snap
Digital Video with Windows XP in a Snap
ISBN: 0672325691
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 169
Authors: Greg Perry

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