Capturing an entire tape
- Connect the camcorder to your computer.
- Turn on your camcorder and set it to the playback mode: VTR or VCR. Do not set it to the Camera mode.
- In Windows, if the Digital Video Device message did pop up, click Take No Action, select the Always Perform The Selected Action option, and click OK. (The next time you fire up your camcorder, you should not see this connection query.) In Mac OS, if iPhoto or another application starts up, see Help for that application for information about which application to open when a camera is connected.
- Start Adobe Premiere Pro, click Open Project, navigate to the Lesson 02 folder, and double-click Lesson 2.prproj.
- Choose File > Capture to open the Capture panel.
- Look above the Capture panel preview pane to make sure your camcorder is connected properly.
- Insert a tape into your camcorder. You will be prompted to give the tape a name.
- Type a name for your tape in the text box. Be sure not to give two tapes the same name; Adobe Premiere Pro remembers clip in/out data based on tape names.
- Use the VCR-style device controls in the Capture panel to play, fast-forward, rewind, pause, and stop your tape. If you have never used a computer to control a camcorder, this will seem pretty cool.
- Try some of the other VCR-style buttons:
Figure 11 Capture panel with video capture in progress
Figure 13 Capture panel playback controls: A. Next Scene B. Set In Point C. Set Out Point D. Rewind E. Step Back F. Play G. Step Forward H. Fast Forward I. Pause J. Stop K. Record L. Previous Scene M. Go To In Point N. Go To Out Point O. Jog P. Shuttle Q. Slow Reverse R. Slow Play S. Scene Detect
- Shuttle (the slider toward the bottom) enables you to move slowly or zip quickly—depending on how far you move the slider off center—forward or backward through your tape.
- Single-frame Jog control (below the Shuttle)
- Step Forward and Step Back, one frame at a time
- Slow Reverse and Slow Play
You’ll see (and hear) the video in the Capture panel and on your camcorder. Since there is a slight delay during capture, you’ll hear what sounds like an echo. Feel free to turn down the speaker on either your camcorder or your computer.
Adobe Premiere Pro stores all clips you capture during this lesson in the Lesson 02 folder on your hard drive. You can change the default location by choosing Edit > Preferences > Scratch Disks (Windows) or Premiere Pro > Preferences > Scratch Disks (Mac OS).