Article ID : 00010718 / Last Modified : 03/30/2021Print

How to import videos from a DVD camcorder to a computer using the Apple® iMovie® '08 software.

    IMPORTANT: This procedure requires a USB connection. The DCR-DVD92, DCR-DVD105, and DCR-DVD205 do not support USB connectivity. Video recorded with these models can be copied from the DVD using the DVD-ROM drive of a computer .

    1. Turn on the computer.
    2. Plug the power adapter of the camcorder into an electrical outlet.
    3. Connect the power adapter to the camcorder.
    4. Turn on the camcorder.
    5. Insert the 8cm DVD disc into the camcorder.
    6. Connect the supplied USB cable to both the USB jack on the camcorder and the computer.
    7. On the camcorder, select the USB CONNECT option displayed on the camcorder LCD.

      NOTE: A DVD icon like the one below appears on the computer screen.

    8. On the computer, start the Apple iMovie '08 software.

      NOTE: After the software starts, the name of the device where the video is stored displays in the software window.

    9. Use one of the methods below to import videos.
      • To import all the videos:
        1. At the lower-left corner, click Automatic.
        2. At the lower-right corner, click the Import All button.
      • To import only some videos:
        1. At the lower-left corner, click Manual.
        2. Under the image icons displayed, click to check the boxes of the videos you want to import.
        3. At the lower-right corner, click Import Checked.
    10. Select the location to save the videos.
    11. In the Create New Event section, type a name for the videos.
    12. Click the OK button.

      NOTE: The videos now start being copied to the computer. An Import complete dialog box will display when the import is finished.

    13. In the Import complete dialog box, click the OK button.


    • For information about editing video, refer to the iMovie Help option. Image
    • Drag the DVD icon to the Trash icon or turn off the computer before disconnecting the USB cable.
    • If the iMovie software cannot import videos, check the Apple Web site for any current iMovie software updates.