How to Transfer Video to the MacBook Air

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The MacBook Air is one of Apple's numerous laptop models and like any computer, it's capable of playing video. Whether you're watching streaming video or downloaded TV episodes, the MacBook Air can provide the same video playing performance as any notebook or portable device. If you want to transfer video onto your MacBook Air, you simply have to copy any video files from an external storage device.

Things You'll Need

  • USB hard drive
  • USB video capture device's connection cable

Video Files

  • Attach a USB hard drive to a secondary computer and copy any video files you wish to transfer to your MacBook Air. On either an OS X or Windows-based computer, highlight the files you want to transfer and use your mouse to drag them onto the external hard drive.

  • Eject the hard drive and connect it to your MacBook Air. Use the hard drive's USB cable to connect to a USB 2.0 port on the side of the MacBook Air.

  • Wait several seconds for the hard drive to appear within the MacBook Air's Finder. Select the hard drive's entry under "Devices" --- on the left side of the Finder window --- to bring up the hard drive's contents.

  • Select the video files saved on the USB hard drive. Drag them with your mouse from the USB hard drive onto your MacBook's desktop. This will cause a transfer progress bar to appear. Once the bar is finished, your video files will be transferred onto the MacBook Air.

Device-Based Video

  • Connect your third-party device's USB cable to your MacBook Air's USB port. Make sure the USB end of the cable lines up with the computer's port, while its other end matches up with the appropriate area of your video capture device. This step is identical for any video capture device --- these can include cell phones, cameras and video recorders.

  • Set your video capture device to its disk-readable or computer-ready mode. This process allows for your device's SD card or internal memory to be accessed by a computer. The way to change this setting can vary, depending on your device, so refer to your manual for additional information.

  • Select "Finder" on your MacBook's toolbar and wait several seconds for your third-party device to appear. It will be listed under "Devices" on the left side of the Finder window.

  • Click the device's entry to access your videos and other files. The exact file structure of your device can also vary, but browse through your device's saved contents until you find the desired videos.

  • Use your mouse to select and drag these files onto your desktop. When you drag these files from the device's Finder window and release the mouse, this will cue up a progress bar. Once the progress bar is filled, your videos will be transferred from the third-party device onto your MacBook Air.

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