Windows Movie Maker may incorrectly detect the mode of a digital video camera on a Windows Vista-based computer

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When you run Microsoft Windows Movie Maker on a Microsoft Windows Vista-based computer, Windows Movie Maker may incorrectly detect the mode of a digital video camera. This behavior can interfere with publishing to tape or video capture.

Typically, digital video cameras have three or four modes of operation. These modes frequently include the following modes:
  • Camera
  • Off
  • VCR
  • Memory
The details of these modes vary by manufacturer. However, most cameras provide the same functionality. When you change modes, Windows automatically detects the mode of the device.


This issue may occur because you quickly change the device mode from Camera to VCR or from VCR to Camera. Windows may not recieve the correct notification from the device if the changes occur too quickly.


To resolve this issue, wait for Windows to detect that the mode has changed every time that you change modes. Pause after you switch the device from one mode to another. Then, wait for Windows to detect that the mode changed before you move to the next mode.

The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.


Article ID: 923949 - Last Review: November 13, 2006 - Revision: 2.3
  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Enterprise
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
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