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Capturing DV Video

There are several capture options and other settings that you could mess with, but let's capture some video using Studio's default settings and return to the key capture options later in the chapter.

Begin by working your way through the steps in the last two tasks. Once you enter Capture mode, the Camcorder Controller should appear, with live time code information. If it doesn't, run through the steps in the previous two tasks again.

Note that it doesn't matter whether you're capturing 16:9 or 4:3 video; Studio will automatically adjust accordingly. You don't need to set any switches or controls to make this happen.

To capture DV video

  1. Click the Capture tab to enter Capture mode.
  2. Use the Camcorder Controller to move the DV tape in the camera to the desired starting point.
  3. Click the Start Capture button on the Diskometer ( Figure 3.15 ).
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    Figure 3.15 Click the Start Capture button on the Diskometer.

    The Capture Video dialog box opens ( Figure 3.16 ), and the Start Capture button changes to Stop Capture ( Figure 3.17 ).
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    Figure 3.16 You can name your file before capture and elect to capture for a specified interval. This is useful, for example, when you want to capture a 60-minute tape while you're away from the computer.

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    Figure 3.17 To stop capture, click Stop Capture on the Diskometer or press the Esc key on your keyboard.

  4. For this test, enter a duration of 1 minute and 00 seconds in the Capture Video dialog box as shown in Figure 3.16. When the Capture Video dialog box first appears, it displays the maximum duration of video your disk can store, which is limited by either the file size or the version of Windows you're running. (For more information, see the sidebar, "Windows File Size Limitations," later in this chapter.) If the duration shown in your program is less than one minute, either your capture disk is almost full or you're pointing toward the wrong disk. See "Selecting Your Capture Drive" in Chapter 2.
  5. Click Start Capture in the Capture Video dialog box to start capturing.
  6. If an error message appears ( Figure 3.18 ), you've already captured some video using the same file name. Do one of the following:
    • Click Yes to overwrite the file and start the capture.
    • Click No to return to the Capture Video dialog box and rename the file. Then click Start Capture to start capturing.
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    Figure 3.18 Studio won't automatically overwrite previously captured files—a nice feature.

    Your DV camera starts playing, and capture begins.
  7. Studio should capture one minute of video. To stop capture before then, do one of the following:
    • Click Stop Capture on the Diskometer.
    • Press the Esc key on your keyboard.
    After the capture stops, a file labeled Video 1 (or whatever name you may have chosen) appears in the Album ( Figure 3.19 ). You'll see multiple files if any scene changes occurred in the source video during the one-minute capture. (See the sidebar "Making the Scene with Scene Detection" earlier in this chapter for scene-detection options.)
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    Figure 3.19 Your captured file appears in the Album, with a separate icon for each scene identified by Studio during capture.

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