Tuesday, March 09, 2010
How To Upload Video From A Droid To A PC
This isn't a post for everyone - obviously. In fact, it's not even for my regular audience.
Not only is it not easy to upload recorded video from a Droid phone to one's PC, it's not even easy finding out how to do it!
I must have spent over an hour surfing the web and following ambiguous instructions before breaking through.
First of all, the USB cord is almost hidden. It's actually part of the phone charger that comes with!
So, attach the phone to the USB cable (to the computer).
Then, on your phone, you have to pull down the *notification bar* (gray bar atop Droid screen) and click on *USB connected*. Then click on *Mount*.
That's the first tough part. Subsequent steps - double-click on DCIM folder, Camera folder,... - should be pretty self-explanatory.
I'm not sure the correct way to disconnect. Supposedly you have to *unmount* (does that mean unplug?) before you go back into the notification bar and *Turn off USB storage*.
But here's the other thorny problem - the videos arrive on your PC in *.3gp* files.
Those can't be played on your PC as is - not to my knowledge anyway. They have to be changed into another file type such as: .avi, .mov, mp4,...
I had to download Oxelon Media Converter, which is free. After doing that, all you have to do is run it; pull the .3gp files into the converter and change the file type (box upper right) to whatever you want.
In the course of writing this post I discovered that one can in fact upload a .3gp file directly to YouTube.
And there's just got to be a way to play .3gp files right on one's PC. But I'm not going to spend another hour figuring that out, not now anyway. (Hopefully someone reading this will help me out!)