This is a question I get pretty often from people who have just purchased a digital camcorder and are interested in editing their video but don't know where to start.
I know youre a busy person but I really need your help. I live in a small town in iligan city, Philippines so u can imagine the kind of available resources you can find here which I would say is very limited. My problem is this, last year I bought a JVC camcorder. I had fun with it took videos of my precious daughter and family events and so on. Then I realized that I can edit my videos on my pc which I have bought just recently. The problem is my cam doesnt have a DV cord. I mean it has the capability to upload videos to my pc but the problem is I dont have a DV in fact the JVC cam I bought doesnt even include a program software for video editing. So I cant edit my pictures I have about 20 tapes and I cant do anything for them, I cant edit it, copy it. Nothing. I really need your help I tried to find the accessories here in our cities and even in larger cities in the Philippines but I cant find what Im looking for I cant even contact JVC itself. maybe with your experience you can help me. Just point me to the right direction. Id really appreciate your help.
Most camcorders don't include video editing software or a DV cord. For video, what you're looking for is a "firewire" cable. You need to make sure your computer has a connection for firewire. If it does, then you can purchase a firewire cable online from most electronics retailers and have it shipped to you in the philippines. or click here to compare price from a variety of different retailers. You'll need to make sure you get the right size for your computer and camcorder inputs.
If your pictures are saved to a small memory card then you will also probably need a USB cable to upload your pictures. You can also purchase a card reader for whatever type of card your camcorder takes which works like a disk drive for the memory card and will allow you to upload your pictures to your computer.
There are a lot of video editing software options available. Check out Top Video Editing Programs for some of the best on the market. If you want to try your hand at video editing before you purchase a program you may also want to check out this list of Free Video Editing Programs.