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Transferring Your Photos

To put My Pictures to work for you, the first step is moving your photos from your digital camera into your Media Center PC. As with connecting your video camera to the Media Center (see the section “Connecting to Your Camcorder,” in Chapter 10, “Capturing and Creating Videos with Media Center”), you'll need to start with an inventory of the types of outputs your camera supports, and then compare that list to the types of inputs your PC supports.

Connecting to Your Digital Camera

The process of transferring photos from a digital camera to a PC used to be a tedious one. Serial cables were usually involved, along with TWAIN (believe it or not, it stands for “Toolkit Without an Interesting Name”) drivers and other abstruse bits of software. However, camera and PC designers have come together in recent years over interfaces such as USB (Universal Serial Bus), which, along with Windows XP's Plug and Play features, can virtually eliminate the headaches that used to accompany the process of establishing a connection between your camera and your computer.


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