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how to save videos from DVD camcorder w/o port to PC

I got a Canon DC 100 DVD camcorder. The camcorder does NOT have a port to connect to laptop's IEEE 1394 port. The only option is to insert the DVD-RW mini disc into the computer's DVD R/RW slot. The problem is that I do not know how to save 'finalized' videos into my computer and transfer to Window's movie maker to edit. i could not find any 'save/download' option when i opened/played the video clip using windows media player and media center. I would truly appreciate your help!!!

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You should try a demo of...

In reply to: how to save videos from DVD camcorder w/o port to PC writes "the fact that the resulting MPEG-2 video and audio is much more difficult to edit."

Go get demos from and see if they'll import your DVD content.

Sorry but Window's movie maker is not something I use or go near since it promptly converts what it can into proprietary content that I can't use.

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Hi Bob~response

In reply to: You should try a demo of...

Thank you very much for your prompt response to my problem. I really appreciate your suggestions. I downloaded the free trial of Ulead movie factory 6.0. Unfortunately, it did not allow my video to import to my computer. It just played my video to watch. Although i still did not successfully import my video, I have learned something new about Ulead, which seemed to be better than windows movie maker.

Best regards,

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Other demo.

In reply to: Hi Bob~response

Now try Sony Vegas's demo. If that won't import ask in the Camcorder Forum how to import this one.

From memory it does matter which "mode" you record in. I thing VR mode is or was incompatible with a lot of software.


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Hi Bob!

In reply to: Other demo.

You're right...VR mode can only be played with VR player, and imported & saved with a very professional program. I called the Canon technical support for reassurance. I wonder which program it is. I also tried to change the mode from 'VR mode' to 'video mode' in the camcorder, it has to delete any 'VR mode' records first to switch. I hate my camcorder.

So, I recorded my project again using my old Sony Cyber-shot camera with 'mpeg movie vx' from 4 years ago. I was abled to import my video recordings to Windows Media Center, then to Windows Movie Maker. The Windows movie maker only saves my work design. However, the movie clips cannot be viewed or played when the camera is turned off/not connected to the computer port. The video can only be played without the connection of camera is when saved as finished video. Thus, I have to import my video again to continue my work until I save my work as finished video.

I am on a deadline so I decided to use Windows movie maker due to its simplicity. But, I would definitely download the free trial of Sony Vegas Platinum. Thanks for the tip!

Have an awesome day,

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