to Hookup a Camcorder to TV, VCR, DVD
| Analog or
digital; TV, VCR or DVD
recorder; even a computer, can all be connected to your camcorder.
you shoot your
video, you want to be able to play it back to a TV.
camcorder to your TV is easy once you learn the cables and
Video Cables Connection Guide
CAMCORDERS - Hook Up
are digital models, but if you have an analog
VHS-C or 8mm camcorder, your connection options are limited to RCA
audio/video cables from camcorder to TV or VCR, or in the case of
VHS-C, you could also use the adapter cassette in a VCR.
For hookup to
a computer you'll need an interface card in your computer with
composite audio/video inputs (yellow, white, red) or an S-Video input
if your camcorder has S-Video. You can connect a DVD recorder to your
VCR to copy your audio/video to a DVD or you can hookup the camcorder
directly to a DVD recorder using RCA composite cables to the DVD
Recorder RCA composite input jacks.
Transfer video tapes from analog camcorder to VCR. Record to VHS tapes.
The same connections apply to a DVD recorder to create a DVD from
camcorder tapes. Select proper input on the TV (channel 3 or 4) or Line
Also, you can capture camcorder video and audio to your computer using
a video capture card with RCA inputs and associated software. Then,
using software on the computer, you can burn a DVD if your computer has
a DVD burner.
Computer Video Capture Card with RCA
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CAMCORDERS - Hook Up
Canon Hard Disk Drive (HDD) High Definition camcorder
With digital camcorders such as the Mini-DV, Mini-DVD, HDD, and memory
card models, you have more options to hookup your camcorder. Often
digital camcorder manufacturers use a proprietary connector to hookup
camcorder to TV. The audio/video ports sometimes are combined into a
In addition, the digital camcorders offer ports to connect
computers or DVD recorders. These include the Firewire or i.Link
IEEE-1394 digital video connection and the USB 2.0 Universal Serial Bus
connection. High Definition camcorders offer even more with component
video hookup and HDMI ports.
Camcorder connection to TV can use composite, component or HDMI hookup.
For High Def TV, use component video or HDMI. For a computer, use USB
Camcorder ports from left - USB, Firewire, Audio/Video (RCA composite).
The composite video (yellow) and the two audio channels (white and red)
use a single 1/8 inch plug to the camcorder while the other end of the
cable uses the standard RCA connectors.
Digital camcorder hookup to TV using Audio/Video cable typically
supplied with camcorder.
Proprietary connection combines cable hookup using
at camcorder end.
As we enter the High-Definition era, we are seeing HD camcorders with
the HDMI port. High-Definition video at 720 or 1080 lines of horizontal
resolution can be played back on a HDTV using the HDMI port on both the
camcorder and the HDTV.
Camcorder with HDMI Out and i.Link connection.
Digital Camcorders often have the Mini-HDMI port. The cable you need is
typically not included with the camcorder. The cable has a standard
HDMI connector on the end for the HDTV and a Mini-HDMI connector on the
HDMI cable with standard HDMI on top
and Mini-HDMI on bottom
Diagram shows camcorder connection to HDTV using the HDMI / Mini-HDMI
Camcorder to TV hookup using HDMI.
The HDMI interface combines audio and video into a multi-pin connection
and carries the video and audio information in a digital form. Many
HDTV display panels offer HDMI input.
HDMI port on HDTV.
High Definition requires different cables than standard resolution
video seen in the past with VHS, 8mm etc. You need to use a 3 RCA
connector cable called component video or a HDMI cable in order to get
High-Definition. The component video cable has a green, red, and blue 3
connector configuration and looks very much like the yellow composite
video connector. However, component video is capable of carrying the
high definition video where the yellow composite video cable cannot.
a digital camcorder to a DVD recorder using Firewire
Firewire or i.Link (Sony) is the connection to use to hookup a digital
camcorder to a DVD recorder. You can copy MiniDV tapes to recordable
DVD with a 4-pin camcorder connection.
i.Link/Firewire cable (4-pin to 4-pin)
Diagram shows camcorder to DVD recorder connection using Firewire.
Connect a TV to the DVD recorder so you can monitor the transfer from
You can also use a Firewire connection to hookup a digital camcorder to
a PC or Mac computer.
The computer end will have a 6-pin Firewire hookup or a 4-pin. You need
the correct cable for your computer. You can edit your video on the
computer and then burn a DVD with the completed work. You can take out
unwanted scenes, rearrange sequences, add audio and more.
hook up to Computer using USB 2.0
Many modern digital camcorders use the USB 2.0 connection to hookup
camcorder to computer. Transfering audio/video recordings to a
computer's hard disk is as easy as plugging the small end of the USB
cable into the camcorder's USB port and the larger end of the USB cable
into the computer's USB port. Then using software on the computer, you
can transfer, edit, copy and send your recordings or make still images.
Today's operating systems often will recognize the camcorder connection
and activate a selection of options for you to copy
recordings to the
computer. Then you can burn a DVD or upload to the internet.
Sony camcorders and others usually ship with the software needed to
transfer your footage to a computer. Check the manufacturers website
the software if you need it. See the following link for information on
transfer of camcorder video to computer if Windows operating system is
newer than camcorder video capture software. You may need a software
camcorder to PC - video capture under Windows.
Computer operating systems compatibility:
Windows PC can have compatibility issues with software used by
camcorders. Your digital camcorder ships with software which is usually
only compatible with the current, at that time, Windows PC software. As
Windows progresses over time from Windows 95 to Windows XP to Windows
Vista to Windows 7, your camcorder software to connect camcorder to
computer may have become outdated. This could be a reason to keep that
old PC. Otherwise your camcorder could become incompatible with the new
For example, a camcorder sold when Windows XP was current may not work
for a computer running Windows Vista. There may be a work-around.
Getting a driver (software) which works for the older Windows OS
installed in the newer Windows version may allow the camcorder software
to work under the newer Windows operating system. See the following
link for more information.
your VHS tapes to DVD using your laptop
and capture software
you have a laptop
computer, it probably has a DVD burner.
This means you can create DVDs from your videos using capture software
and a small video converter which plugs into your laptop's USB port.
You can use different software to capture your video and there are
several capture devices available which hookup to the USB port on a
laptop. If your laptop shows DVD-RW or says recordable on the drive, it
is most likely a DVD burner drive and can record on blank DVDs. See the
Honestech VHS to DVD 5.0 product from Amazon.com
Supports Windows 7 / Vista /
video on the VHS to DVD
VHS to DVD 5.0 Deluxe
Save your home videos and photos onto Blu-ray Disc media without a PC.
From video tapes to digital images, the VBD-MA1 preserves your memories
quickly and easily. Record high-definition AVCHD video from your camera
or camcorder. Built-in slots accept multiple memory cards. Preview
videos and photos on the 2.7-inch LCD screen.
VBDMA1 DVDirect MA1 Multi-Function Blu-ray Disc/DVD Recorder
movies and photos to Blu-ray Disc or DVD without a PC
HD video from
camcorder, VCR and DVR
for use as
an external Blu-ray Disc writer
slideshow or for storage
up to 19 hours
video per disc
2-channel and 5.1-channel surround sound
Bluray/DVD recorder VBD-MA1
New for 2012 select Canon VIXIA camcorders (HF R32 and HF R30) have
built-in Wi-Fi which allows you to transfer your video to a computer on
the same network such as your home
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