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How do I transfer from camera to laptop?

I have a large selection of mini-DV tapes that I have built up and can only view them by using the camera plugged into the television. I am worried that if my camera broke down I will not be able to view any tapes. How can I transfer them to my laptop so that I can then copy them using my dvd writer? Is it possible and if so what sort of lead do I need?

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Re: How do I transfer from camera to laptop?

You will need a usb2.0 or a firewire (IEE1394) lead to connect to whatever your laptop has be it one or the other and obviously the correct connection to whatever your cam has, then import the movies using windows movie maker.

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