Gone are the days when videos from your recorder were stored on tapes. Visual and animated media has gone digital and you can now use your computer to access the videos you have taken with your digital video recorder. Most of the time, videos are edited through the computer using user friendly software applications. These tools make it much easier for you to edit videos unlike the ones professionals use for full-length movies. Some quick and easy tips on how to do this task are listed below.
- Secure the wires and cables for connection. This comes along with your purchase of your Digital Video Recorders or DVRs. They usually have two ends. One is for the digital video recorder and one is for the computer port. You should already know the where’s and the what’s of your digital video recorder. You will use this knowledge as you go along.
- The next part is connecting the cord to the computer. Plug one end of the cord to the digital video recorder and the other to the USB port of your computer. USB port means Universal Serial Bus port. It is the same port where you plug in your flash drives, memory card readers, mobile phone cords, and other similar devices. It takes the shape of a rectangle similar to one of the ends of the digital video recorder. The end should be compatible and should fit right into the USB port. If not, there are regulators or adapters available.
- So that the device will be recognized by your computer, install the appropriate drivers on your computer. The driver software is usually supplied with your device. It is unique for each kind or brand of digital video recorder. Your digital video recorder package usually comes with a compact disc installer of the software that you should be using. But nowadays, computers already contain generic device drivers that recognize digital video recorders and any related device regardless of the type or brand.
- Since you will be connecting a device to your computer and sharing files to and fro, you need to protect both your computer and your digital video recorder. This will protect the device and your computer from unwanted viruses. You already know what virus infections can cost you right? These might corrupt your files and disable some functions of the affected device. So, make sure you scan the digital video recorder before accessing some files on it.
- If your scan registers no infections, then your digital video recorder is good to go! Just open the folder containing its contents. You can now watch, edit and upload your videos to your computer.
After accessing your video files, make sure to unplug the connection properly. If your computer tells you that you still cannot remove the cord connection, wait for a few seconds. Your computer must still be finishing up the file transfer. Make sure that all applications that are using the files from your digital video recorder are closed. Properly disconnecting your digital video recorder will help you keep your files safe and intact.