2.Understanding the Workspace
3.Getting Started
4.Storyboard Operations
5.Working with Projects
7.Capturing Media from Devices
Capturing from a Web Camera
Capturing from a Digital Video Camera
Importing from a Digital Video Camera
Controlling a Digital Video Camera
Capturing Snaps
Changing Capture Device
Changing Capture To Folder
Capturing in AVI Format
Capturing in WMV Format
Capturing without Audio
Changing Video/Audio Settings and Formats
Changing Snaps Output Format
Working with Captured Files
8.Keyboard Shortcuts

Auto Movie Creator 3.26

Capturing from a Digital Video Camera

To capture live video from a Digital Video (DV) camera:

  1. 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. 

  2. Switch on the DV camera. 
  3. Open the capture tool.
  4. 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
  5. Switch the DV camera to Camera mode. 
  6. 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 folder. 
  7. If you do not want to preview while capturing, you can turn off preview by opening the Capture menu and checking Hide Preview During Capture.  Turning off Preview reduces the amount of work your computer needs to do, and can reduce the dropped frame rate.
  8. Confirm the capture file name and folder.  You can change them by clicking on the Folder link under Save Options and then clicking Browse
  9. 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. 
  10. If you want to capture entire tape, select the Capture Entire Tape option.  Otherwise select Manually Stop Capture.
  11. Click the Start Capture button to start capturing.  While capturing, the capture window displays the number of Frames Captured and Captured Duration under Capture Options.
  12. To stop capturing, open the Capture menu and click Stop or click the Stop Capture button. 
  13. The Capture Summary 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 toVideos and Photos Collection 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.


Auto Movie Creator captures from a DV camera and saves the output as high-quality DV AVI format.  This format takes up a lot of disc space.  A 15 minute capture 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 during capture.

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