Transfer Video from Portable Devices


Transferring video from your mobile device, smartphone, or camera is a fairly straightforward process. However, this process differs slightly depending on your device and/or platform.

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    Apple iPad and iPhone


      1. Connect your iPad or iPhone to your computer using the standard 30 pin or Lightning Connector.
      2. If you are using a Macintosh with OSX, you can transfer your video (and photos) using iPhoto, which is comes with your computer.
      3. Connect your device using the USB cable. Your device will show up on the left hand side in the menu bar.
      4. From here, select your device and import your content into iPhoto by selecting your device and clicking Import.
      5. After importing, your videos will be displayed in a film roll style, and can be played using iPhoto or any other compatible video player (Quicktime, VLC etc).


      1. You can also sync your iPad or iPhone’s content to your Mac using Wireless Sync.
      2. First, make sure you are running the latest version of iTunes. Then, connect your device to the computer.
      3. Select your device on the left hand side and click the Summary tab in iTunes.
      4. In the checkbox below Summary, select Sync with this [iPhone or iPad] over Wi-Fi.
      5. From your iPad or iPhone go to Settings and select General.
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    Android/Blackberry Digital Cameras

    Transferring your videos from Android, Blackberry, or camera is easy, and requires no special software. Simply connect your device to your Mac or Windows PC using your USB cable. It’s important to note that some micro USB cables (the new standard) are data+power, while some are just power. They can be visually identical, so this might be the cause of your issue if your computer isn’t recognizing your device.

    Mac OSX

    1. You can sync your Android, Blackberry, or digital camera with iPhoto. Simply follow the above iPhone/iPad instructions. (Note: you can only sync to iPhoto using a cable, as Wireless Sync is only compatible between Apple devices).
    2. Open the “Finder” (Mac file system) and look for your device in the sidebar under Devices.


    1. Go to “My Computer” or “Computer” (depending on your version of Windows) and look for your device in the sidebar.
    2. Select your device to view its files and contents.
    3. From here you can copy these files anywhere on your computer, or open them using an application such as Windows Movie Maker, Windows Media Player, VLC, Adobe Premier, etc.
    4. Depending on your device, it is also possible that your video files will be located in the Digital Camera Images (DCIM) folder.
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