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From the book Capturing an entire tape

Capturing an entire tape

  1. Connect the camcorder to your computer.
  2. Turn on your camcorder and set it to the playback mode: VTR or VCR. Do not set it to the Camera mode.
  3. 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.
  4. Start Adobe Premiere Pro, click Open Project, navigate to the Lesson 02 folder, and double-click Lesson 2.prproj.
  5. Choose File > Capture to open the Capture panel.
  6. Figure 11 Capture panel with video capture in progress

  7. Look above the Capture panel preview pane to make sure your camcorder is connected properly.
  8. Insert a tape into your camcorder. You will be prompted to give the tape a name.
  9. 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.
  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 computer to control a camcorder, this will seem pretty cool.
  11. 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

  12. Try some of the other VCR-style buttons:
    • 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
  13. Rewind the tape to its beginning or to wherever you want to start recording.
  14. 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 only video, change that setting.
  15. Click the Tape button in the Capture area of the Logging tab or the Record button in the Capture panel to start recording.
  16. 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.

  17. Click the red Record button or the black Stop button when you want to stop recording. The Save Captured Clip dialog box appears.
  18. Give your clip a name (add descriptive information if you want), and click OK.
  19. 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).

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