Capturing from a Digital Video Camera
To capture live video from a Digital Video (DV) camera:
Connect the DV camera to a FireWire or USB port on your computer, and be sure you have configured the DV camera correctly. Also, make sure that other applications are not using the capture device.
- Switch on the DV camera.
- Make sure that you select the DV Camera as the device you want to capture from. If the selected device is different then change the capture device.
- Switch the DV camera to Camera mode.
- Select the folder where you want to save the captured file. The capture tool sequences file names by appending a number if the file with the same name already exists in the selected Capture To folder.
- If you do not want to preview footage while capturing, you can turn off preview by pointing to the Capture menu and checking the Hide Preview During Capture option.
- Confirm the capture file name and folder. If required you can choose to change them now by clicking on the Folder link under Save Options and then clicking the Browse button.
- Capture Options displays the Format in which the video will be captured. It also shows the Captured Duration (in hh:mm:ss) and the number of Frames Captured while capturing is in progress.
- If you want to capture entire tape, select the Capture Entire Tape option. Otherwise select Manually Stop Capture.
- Click the Start Capture button to start capturing. While capturing, the capture window displays the number of Frames Captured and Captured Duration under Save Options.
- To stop capturing, point to the Capture menu and click Stop or click the Stop Capture button.
- The Capture Summary dialog opens. It shows you details like Captured File Name, Captured File Duration, Captured File Format and Audio Captured (either Yes or No depending on whether it was captured or not). It asks you What would you like to do with the captured file? You have buttons to Preview, Save or Discard. The Add captured file to Collections Window option is checked by default.
If you want to import already captured footage from the DV camera to your computer then refer to the section Importing from a Digital Video Camera.
Video Edit Magic captures from a DV camera and saves the output as high-quality DV AVI format. This format takes up a lot of disc space. Depending on the output size, a typical 15 minute can take over 150 MB of disc space. Refer to Estimated Disc Space available on followed by the name of the disc and space available in MB under Save Options to know about the space available while the capture is going on.