Cannot copy large video files from Canon Powershot s515 to computer...
I find that if i take video that is larger than something that lasts 3 minutes, it will not copy from the memory card to my computer...it starts the copy process and takes forever but the session times out without actually transfering any of the video...does anyone have any advice, or know if there is somewhere i can take it to have them safely take the video off the camera for me and save it to disk or something?
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If your photos and videos are stored on the memory card, then removethe memory card from the camera and insert it into an USB memory card reader.Connect this USB memory card reader and memory card into the USB port of yourworking computer. Your computer will see this as an USB Mass Storage Device oran external storage device; you can then open the folder on the memory card andcopy the photos to your computer.Memory card reader is a handy device and is inexpensive. Youcan copy photos from other cameras and you can also download photos off yourmemory card to someone else's computer without the need of installing anyprograms.
Get a card reader. The one pictured below is $13 at Walmart. Create a folder on your desktop. Insert your card into the card reader and the other end into a USB port on your computer. Drag and drop the video file into the folder you created.
Using a card reader is not a solution. It's a work-around. IT dos not solve the fact that many canon cameras have this problem with large files.
It is useless that you cannot copy it without using a card reader. Everybody should be able to transfer their files from camera to any computer anywhere, without having to bring anything but the usb cable.
You will nearly always run into problems trying to download very large file (such as that 10 minute video) using the download cord that came with your camera. But please see this article, as it describes the use of an inexpensive card reader as a much easier, faster, and less error prone way to download your photos, and especially videos. In fact there are several important reasons discussed in the article for using a card reader vice downloading from the camera. USB Card readers are also very inexpensive these day, with cost virtually not an issue.
The time is a function of how much space is available for storage on your Compact Flash card. As you're inferring that your maximum video size is one minute, am guessing that you have a 128MB CF card. To be able to save larger videos, consider purchasing a larger CF card. You can purchase relatively inexpensive 2GB CF cards these days from eBay (direct from Hong Kong) that would be acceptable for use in your camera. You should be able to get close to 20 minutes with this size card. However, you might also consider using a card reader to download the file to your computer, as downloading from your camera will eat batteries at this filesize.
Think it is a file issue where the file you have copied to disk is not compatible with what your player can handle. Trick is to convert the file into one that your player can read. Plenty of freeware around for that - just Google it.
Believe your computer's hard drive may be formatted to FAT32, thus may have problems with large multi-GB files. Unfortunately hard-drive partitioning is not my specialty, but it may be possible to partition a NTFS section on your hard drive to allow downloading of your video? Or maybe find a friend's computer who has a NTFS formatted hard drive?
in my computer you will find a extra drive letter when you hook up your camera to your computer. once you see the drive letter you can open the drive letter. then open then their should be 2 or more folders search throught the floders for the file you are wanting. once you have found the file right click on it tell it to copy then click on your desktop then right click then paste.