Tackling manual analog movie capture
If you need to transfer analog video—consumer-level VHS, SVHS, Hi-8, or professional-grade video such as Beta-SP—you need a video capture card with analog inputs. Most such cards have consumer-quality composite connectors as well as S-video and sometimes top-of-the-line component plugs.
Check your card’s documentation for set-up and compatibility issues.
With analog video, you have only one capture option — to do it manually:
- Open the Capture panel (File > Capture).
- Use the controls on the camcorder to move the videotape to a point several seconds before the frame you want to begin capturing.
- Press the Play button on the camcorder, then click the red Record button in the Capture panel.
- When your clip has been captured, click the Stop button in the Capture panel and on the camcorder. Your clip will show up in the Project panel.