How to Upload a Video to a Computer

By: Contributors

If you've done away with your VCR then it's time to transfer your home movies to your computer. Uploading your VHS home movies to your computer is easy -- it just takes a few pieces of equipment to make the transfer seamless. In one afternoon, you can shift your entire home-movie library to your computer's hard drive. Read the steps listed below and learn about how to upload a video to your computer.


What you need:

  • Computer with IEEE 1394 port (also called Firewall or i.Link)
  • Video camcorder or VCR
  • A digital video camera with DV pass through
  • An IEEE 1394 cable
  • A composite video connection cable

Here's what you do:

  1. Enable the DV pass through setting on your digital video camera. This will take the analog video from your camcorder or VCR and turn it into digital files that your computer can store.
  2. Connect your VCR or video camcorder to your digital video camera with a composite video cable. Insert the three-pronged cables into the RCA output (often marked Line Out) on your camcorder or VCR. The red, white and yellow plugs will match the colors on the jacks.
  3. Insert the other end of the composite video cable into the audio/video input on your digital video camera. Ensure that both the camcorder/VCR and digital video camera are turned on.
  4. Connect your digital video camera to your computer through the IEEE 1394 port. Plug the IEEE 1394 cable into the port on your digital video camera marked DV In-Out.
  5. Insert the other end of the IEEE 1394 cable into the IEEE 1394 port on your computer [source: Microsoft]. Now that all your connections are made, you're ready to start capturing the video onto your computer.
  6. Press play on your camcorder/VCR. Start your video capture software and follow the instructions to properly and seamlessly transfer your videos to your hard drive [source: Johnson].