How to Transfer Movies From a Samsung Camcorder to a PC

by Christina Shaffer

Whether you're a novice or seasoned PC user, you can use Windows Live Movie Maker to transfer your home movies from your digital camcorder to your computer. Windows Live Movie Maker allows users to easily import, manage, edit and burn video files. After importing your videos, you can create a stunning, personalized movie that incorporates transition effects and music. If you do not have Windows Live Movie Maker installed on your PC, you can download it for free on Microsoft's official website.


Connect your Samsung camcorder to your computer via the FireWire or USB cable. After connecting the camcorder to your PC, turn it on. Windows will recognize the external device automatically. If your PC does not recognize your device, switch your camcorder to playback mode.


Go to "Start," click "All Programs" and open Windows Live Movie Maker.


Click on the "Movie Maker" menu button, which is located directly to the left of the "Home" toolbar tab. Select the "Import from device" option and click "OK" when the programs warns you that photos and videos will be imported into the video editing application. After the "Import Photos and Videos" dialog box appears on the screen, highlight your device and click on the "Import" button.


Check the box next to "Review, organize, and group items to import" if you would like to import selected clips from your film. When you choose this option, you will be asked to select the clips you want to import. Scroll through the thumbnail images, preview each clip and select the video clips you want to save to your PC. If you want to import the entire movie, check the box next to "Import all new items now" and click "Next."


Enter a name for each for each selected video. You can choose a name based on the type of video you filmed, such as a wedding, a school play or a family vacation. After naming each clip, click on the "Import" button. Depending on the amount of footage you are importing to your PC, the process can take several minutes.

About the Author

Christina Shaffer is a freelance writer based in New Jersey and has been writing arts and entertainment articles since 2005. Her articles have appeared in "Philadelphia City Paper." Shaffer received a B.A. in journalism and gender studies at Rutgers University.

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