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Capturing an entire tape: Lesson 3-1

  1. View the Lesson 3 Intro video.
  2. Connect the camcorder to your PC.
  3. Turn on your camcorder and set it to the playback mode: VTR or VCR. Do not set it to the Camera mode.
  4. If the Digital Video Device window did pop up, click Take No Action, check the Always Perform the Selected Action checkbox and click OK.

    Next time you fire up your camcorder, you should not see this connection query.

  5. Start Premiere Pro, click Open Project, navigate to the Lesson 3 folder and double-click Lesson 3-1.prproj.
  6. From the Main Menu, select File > Capture to open the Capture panel.
  7. Look above the Capture panel preview pane to make sure your camcorder is connected properly.
  8. Insert a tape into your camcorder. Premiere Pro will prompt you to give the tape a name.
  9. Type in a name for your tape in that text box. Be sure not to give any two tapes the same name. Premiere Pro remembers clip in/out data based on tape names.
  10. 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 PC to control a camcorder, this will seem pretty cool.

    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

  11. Try some of the other VCR-style buttons (if you need help identifying these buttons, Tool tips pop up as you hover your cursor over them):
    • 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 Backward, one frame at a time
    • Slow Reverse and Slow Play
  12. Rewind the tape to its beginning or to wherever you want to start recording.
  13. In the Setup area of the Logging tab note that Audio and Video is the default setting. If you want to capture only audio or video, change that setting.
  14. Click the Tape button or the Record button to start recording.

    You’ll see the video (and hear it) within 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 either your camcorder’s speaker or your PC’s.

  15. Click the red Record button or the black Stop button when you want to stop recording. That pops up the Save Captured Clip dialog box.
  16. Give your clip a name (add descriptive information if you want) and click OK. Premiere Pro will store this clip and all other clips you capture during this lesson in the Lesson 3 file folder on your hard drive. You can change that to another location by selecting Edit > Preferences > Scratch Disks. I cover Preferences in the next lesson.
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