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It's Not So Easy to Transfer DV onto Windows Anymore

It use to be really easy to transfer DV from my DV camcorders onto Windows XP. I would simply plug the DV camcorder into my laptop using the Firewire ports. Turn on the camcorder, Windows XP automatically detects the camcorder, run Windows Movie Maker, and start downloading the DV.

Now that I've installed Windows 7 Ultimate, I found that Windows Movie Maker is not even installed. I searched for it from the Start menu and it directed me to the Windows Live Essentials 2011 package, which includes the Windows Live Movie Maker 2011. It took me 15 minutes to install the Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 portion of the package, which also includes the Windows Live Photo Gallery.

After everything is installed, I ran Windows Live Movie Maker 2011, ready to transfer my DV. But instead of getting the familiar Windows Movie Maker window, I get the following error dialog box:

"Sorry, Movie Maker can't start. Make sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements before trying to start Movie Maker again, and then try to update the driver for your video card if Movie Maker still doesn't start."

There is a link in the error dialog that answers, "What are system requirements for Movie Maker?". Part of this requirements says I need a "2.4 GHz (single processor or higher (a dual-core processor or higher is recommended when editing HD video)". I'm trying to run it on my HP Pavilion Entertainment Notebook PC, which has a 1.6 GHz single core processor.

And all I want to do is to transfer DV. I'm not even talking about processing videos yet. I sure wish Windows Live Essential 2011 would check the system requirements before I spend 15 minutes installing it. Now the only recourse I have is to spend more time uninstalling it and figure out a different solution.

Chieh Cheng
Sun, 24 Oct 2010 19:54:30 +0000

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