Whether your requirement is to capture previously recorded video clips or record images directly from your camera, Windows Movie Maker is equipped to do both.
To capture recorded video, first connect your digital video (DV) or mini-DV camera to your PC with either an IEEE 1394 (FireWire) cable, a USB cable (where compatible) or RGB cables to a video capture card and then on your camera press play to playback the recorded video.
In Windows Movie Maker, in the left-hand Movie Tasks pane, select Capture Video → Capture from video device. You will then need to select your DV camera from the available devices– simply follow the prompts to then name and save the captured file, and wait for Windows Movie Maker to complete the capture.
Capturing live video is done in the same way, however rather than playing back a previously recorded clip, simply point your camera at what you want to record, and then begin the capture on Windows Movie Maker.
You can also import video clips from camera memory modules with a suitable USB connection or card reader. Again via Capture Video, select Import Video, and browse to the clips you require.