How to Transfer a Video From a Flash Card to a DVD

by Alexis Lawrence

In the past, videotape was the only medium used to store video captured on camcorders. Digital camcorders, however, generally record onto a hard drive built right in to the device or use external digital storage mediums, such as flash cards, also called memory cards. Digital cameras that can record video also usually store the information on memory cards. If you have a memory card with a video that you would like to keep, you can transfer the video to DVD.

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Connect the flash card, or memory card to your computer. Some computers, like Sony systems, have built-in memory card readers. To connect a memory card to these computers, just insert the memory card into the slot with the metal contacts facing down and toward the port. If your computer does not have a memory card reader, you can leave the memory card in the camera and connect the camera to the computer using the interface cord provided with the camera, or you can plug an external memory card reader into a USB port on the computer and insert the memory card into the reader.

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Open the flash card as a drive on the computer. When the computer recognizes the memory card, it automatically brings up a window of options. Choose "Open folder to view files" to open the contents of the card in a window.

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Transfer the video from the memory card onto the computer. First, find the video file you want to burn to DVD by double-clicking any video file in the memory card window to view the video in the computer's default media player. When you find the file you want, click on it, hold down the mouse button, drag the file icon to the desktop of the computer and release the mouse button to add it to the computer desktop.

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Launch a DVD-burning application, such as Windows DVD Maker on a Windows computer or iDVD on an Apple computer. Add the video file that you transferred to your computer to the burning application. To add the file, click the "Add Items" or "Add Video" button, find the video file in the window that comes up and double-click it.

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Place a DVD-R into the computer's DVD drive. Click the "Burn" or "Write" button in the DVD-burning application to write the file that you transferred from the memory card to the DVD.

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About the Author

Alexis Lawrence is a freelance writer, filmmaker and photographer with extensive experience in digital video, book publishing and graphic design. An avid traveler, Lawrence has visited at least 10 cities on each inhabitable continent. She has attended several universities and holds a Bachelor of Science in English.

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