Capturing video from a cassette or a webcam
Video: Capturing video from a cassette or a webcamIf you use a camcorder like this to record digital video, DV or HDV, High Definition Video, to a mini cassette like this, then you need to use a process called capturing to get the video from your camcorder into your Premiere Elements project, and you use something similar if you have a webcam. Same thing called capturing. Now what differentiates capturing from other means of getting media into a Premiere Elements project is that the video on this cassette is not a file; it's streaming data. You need to take that streaming data and have Premiere Elements convert it into a file that it can use.
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In Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training, author Jeff Sengstack breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, covering topics from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. The course also covers the basics of editing and advanced features like picture-in-picture overlays and audio and visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
- Touring the interface
- Creating a new project
- Capturing video
- Downloading assets and importing media
- Arranging, rearranging, and deleting clips
- Adjusting clip lengths
- Applying video transitions
- Working with video effects
- Animating effects
- Recording, editing, and mixing audio
- Automating edits
- DVD authoring
- Saving and sharing movies
Capturing video from a cassette or a webcam
If you use a camcorder like this to record digital video, DV or HDV, High Definition Video, to a mini cassette like this, then you need to use a process called capturing to get the video from your camcorder into your Premiere Elements project, and you use something similar if you have a webcam. Same thing called capturing. Now what differentiates capturing from other means of getting media into a Premiere Elements project is that the video on this cassette is not a file; it's streaming data. You need to take that streaming data and have Premiere Elements convert it into a file that it can use.
So, really capturing is a four-step process. First way you take the streaming data into your computer. Premiere Elements converts it, wraps it into a file type. On Windows that's an AVI file; on the Mac it's an MOV file. It stores those files on your hard drive and then it creates links from your Premiere Elements project to those files. Now, to the make that capturing process go, you need to first connect your camcorder to your computer. Now with a camcorder like this, a DV or an HDV camcorder, you need to connect with FireWire. Rarely can you connect with a USB cable.
Few exceptions but for the most part you've got to use a FireWire cable to make that connection. With the webcam it's USB. So, you connect your camcorder with your FireWire cables to your computer and then you turn it over to Play. So, once you get your gear all hooked up it's time to go capture that video and the way you do that inside Premiere Elements is to click on Get Media here in the Organize workspace. Inside Get Media there are various options but the two that have to do with tape are DV Camcorder and HDV Camcorder. In this case we are working with a DV camcorder so I click on that one.
That opens up the Capture dialog box or the Capture window. You know things are going your way if you see the word Stopped. That means that the connection has been made between Premiere Elements and your camcorder. Also it lists the name of your camcorder up here, if it recognizes the camcorder. Otherwise it's kind of a generic names as it is here. But this is all good. We are connected to the camera. We are ready to go. Now it's time to play your video to find a place where you want to start capturing from your tape and you can use these VCR controls down here. So I'll just click on Play to queue things up.
[00:02:12.3] Now that looks like a good place to start for our purposes. Now you notice there might be little jagged edge here in the video. That's caused by what's called the interlacing on the videos and actually it's about 30 frames per second. It's 60 fields per second and then you interlace them like Venetian blinds. So sometimes you get that tearing and it becomes more obvious here inside the Capture window, but we are not going to worried about that. It will capture it just fine. There are some Capture settings that you need to select. First of all what do we want to name this clip? So, far a case we call it capture. It uses the name of the project as its default name.
You can change that to something else but we'll go with capture for our purposes. Where do you want to save it? Now, you can save it anywhere you darn well please. You don't have to worry about saving it to where your project file is located. You can just put it in a folder that works for you. So I am going to select a folder that I've been using as kind of my backup folder when I am just trying to save things for the demonstration purposes. I've got this little PRE9 Setup projects here so I'll select that. So now I selected the folder. So, now there are few more options to check here. Do you want to capture only video, only audio? But usually we want to capture both so I'll leave those checked.
Then by default Capture to Timeline is selected. But I don't want to capture the Timeline. I don't want the clips to go right on the Timeline. I am going to edit this thing. I want to trim some of the clips later, so I don't need it to put it on the timeline right away, but if you want to go to the timeline, that's fine. I am going to uncheck that for this particular purpose. Finally, there is a Split Scenes option. This is a really cool thing. What Premiere Elements can do is analyze your video as it's being transferred from your camcorder into your hard drive through Premiere Elements. You can have it analyzed by one of two ways.
By the Content. That actually looks of the content and tries to figure out oh, here is a new scene. So, I'll start a new clip here with the new scene. Or you can do it by Timecode. Timecode really works very effectively because Timecode matches every time you press the Record or the Pause button on your camcorder. It puts in a new time code there and Premiere Elements can recognize it. Okay, here's where you press the Pause/Record button again. So that makes a new clip every time basically you made a new clip inside your camcorder. So that's a really good thing to do. It divides the video up as it's being transferred in the separate clips based upon when you press the Pause/Record button.
So I always check that one to create these little clips rather than creating one humongous clip by not selecting Split Scenes. Finally, it's time to capture and the way you do it is just by pressing this little red button and it will start transferring the video from your camcorder's videocassette to Premiere Elements. When you think you've captured all you want to capture, you can click Pause. If you are not done, you can always fast-forward to some other place in your video and capture from there. But let's say for our purposes we are done.
Close this little button and click the little X to close that. If I want to double click this just to hear it I drop on this timeline to hear it. I need to be careful to actually to disconnect my camcorder because right now the audio will go from Premiere Elements back to my camcorder and I won't be able to hear let's say inside the computer monitor. So, we'll turn off the camcorder so then you can hear it here inside Premiere Elements. So, let me just double click this to preview it. There we are. We automatically added that clip to our Media view. It will also be in the Project view.
It can also drop that to the Timeline, which is something I will talk about it in the other movies. We'll say no for this bit of the case. Let me go watch that. So, that's how easy it is to capture video straight from camcorder into Premiere Elements. Now, let me show you one other thing you can do. The other way to capture video is from your webcam. So your webcam is not a bunch of files like let's say a camcorder would be that stores files on the hard drive. A webcam sends data as a streaming bit of information just as if it were streaming from the tape, so it works the same way in terms of capturing.
So I'll just click on this button down here, Webcam or WDM Device, and that opens up our little webcam here. Hello, everybody! We'll notice that our audio was set to the booth audio. So let me switch over to the microphone on the webcam and we are ready to capture. Now this work similar to capturing from a videotape except this time splitting scenes doesn't seem to make any sense because there won't be any changing in content here. I am not going to running around and changing characters here so I can just turn that off. I don't want to Capture to Timeline again as I did before. I don't see any reason to do that so I'll turn that off. We do need to use a different file name this time so we'll call this webcam instead of a capture. How about webcam, and we'll save it to the same location I saved before.
So, now I want to click Capture. It will capture as I am speaking here. It will take whatever as I say and whatever video I make here then will store that on the hard drive and also will create a link automatically inside of Project view. So let me just close this now and there is the clip we just make. If I double click on it we should play it back. (Video: It will take whatever it is I say, whatever video I make here." Here you go. It automatically adds it to the Get Media view and also adds to the Project view. So now these two clips that we capture via tape and via webcam,show up inside our project then they are already linked on the hard drive and are ready to edit.
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