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

Importing from a Digital Video Camera

To transfer already recorded4 video/audio footage from a Digital Video (DV) camera to your computer (importing):

  1. Make sure that you have configured the DV camera correctly and have connected the DV camera to the FireWire port of your computer.  Also ensure that the other applications are not using the same 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 VCR mode and seek it to the point at which you want to start capturing.  Pause the DV camera at the required position.  You can control the DV camera from within the capture tool. 
  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 Capture Video and Snaps to 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 Capturing.  By default this option is un-checked.  Turning off Preview reduces the load on your computer's resources 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 the Browse button. 
  9. If you want to stop the capturing process before the end of the tape, select Manually Stop Capture.  Otherwise select the Capture Entire Tape option. 
  10. Start the DV camera's playback. 
  11. Click the Start Capture button to start capturing.  While capturing, the capture tool displays the number of frames captured and duration captured under Capture Options
  12. To stop capturing, go to the Capture menu and click Stop or click the Stop Capture button.

If you want to capture live video from a DV camera directly to your computer see: Capturing from a Digital Video Camera.


Auto Movie Creator saves video from a DV camera in 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.  The Capture tool therefore displays updated information about the drive's available disc space and used disc space.

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