Lately I was asked to help a friend transfer videos and photos from his digital equipment to his computer and it reminded me that while this is second nature to me, for many, it’s a challenging process so I thought I’d take a moment to explain how to do this.
First of all, look at your equipment. Chances are high that you’re recording your video and your photographs digitally, meaning it’s being held on a memory stick. Flip your video recorder and your digital camera around until you find the location that holds your memory stick. The door will most likely slide back to reveal the memory stick. Push down and immediately release the pressure to eject the memory stick from the camera.
Now, take a look at your computer. If it’s reasonably new, say less than two years old, you probably have a port in which the memory stick goes. A port is just a fancy way of saying an opening in your computer. Look for a skinny port that is the same size as your memory stick. Don’t feel goofy, just gently try to put your memory stick into whatever openings you find without forcing the stick in. Make sure the gold metal strips are facing downward when you do this.
Install the memory stick into your computer and wait. You may get lucky enough that the data pops up automatically. If not, go to your start button on the bottom left of your computer and open that menu…you’re looking for the same menu you use to shut down your computer, that’s the menu you’re looking for.
Look to see if you have a photo program like Windows Photo Gallery. Double click on that to open it up. You should get a pop up window that asks if you want to import data from the memory stick to your computer. Click import.
The program will begin to read the memory stick and it’ll tell you how many images are on the memory stick. It’ll also probably stall at the first image and ask you for a tag…the tag just means do you want to name the photograph. If you do this, it’ll ask you to name each photograph and while that may seem like a good idea, if you have as many images on your memory stick as I typically have on mine, it’s going to take you forever to do that. If you skip it, it’ll just import the images and open them all up in a new window.
Once that is done, you can safely remove your memory stick from the computer and replace it into your camera or your recorder. The images are now on both your computer and your memory stick. If you want to delete the images from your memory stick, I recommend you use the recording device to do that, either your digital camcorder or your camera. Go to your menu and choose delete…then choose delete all to clean your memory stick.
Now, back to your computer. Start at the front of the first picture and hold down the left mouse click. Move your mouse to the end of the last picture, still holding down the mouse click. This will give you a blue image all around your pictures. Put your mouse anywhere in that blue field and right click to get a pop up menu. Choose copy from that menu.
Go back to your start menu, choose “pictures”. Create a folder with today’s date and open that folder. Once inside, right click your mouse and choose paste. Soon you’ll see all of those photos that were encompassed in the blue field copied into the folder with today’s date.
Another option is to take your memory stick to any photo department of any retailer and they can help you transfer the photos from the memory stick to printed format or to a CD that you can take home and play on your computer.
Hope this helps,
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