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.

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Article ID: 923949 - Last Review: 01/16/2015 09:24:54 - Revision: 1.0

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