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The video you'll be using in your Premiere Elements projects can come from any number of sources. If you're adding tape-based digital video to your movie--that would be video from a mini-DV camcorder or an HDV camcorder; these are both tape-based camcorders-- the way you'll get your video from camcorder to your project is by capturing it. To capture from a DV or mini-DV or HDV camcorder click on Add Media and select the option for a DV Camcorder or HDV Camcorder.
Both of them open the same screen. This is our capture screen. Now, when you capture video from a tape-based camcorder it streams in in real time. In other words, you're essentially downloading it from your camcorder as you're watching it on your screen. Now, the biggest advantage to that is that you can choose where your capture begins and ends. So if you've got a 60-minute tape and you only need five seconds of it, you can capture just the five seconds of it. When your capturing source is properly connected, you'll see it indicated at the top of the screen here, where it says Microsoft DV Camcorder. That's good.
That means we're working. You can choose your clip name. By default it's the name of your project. We can call it something else if we'd like. And you can choose is saved to. Now there's an option to capture to the timeline. In Expert view, you can turn this option off. Naturally, if you're working in Quick view, every capture will go automatically to your timeline. You can choose the option of splitting your scenes either by content or by timecode. I recommend that if you're working with a mini-DV camcorder, you set it to split scenes by timecode.
That means every time you pause the camera, every time you turned off the camera, there is a break in the timecode; the program will sense that, and it will break and create a separate scene for you. Now let's preview what we have on camcorder by clicking the play button here at the bottom of screen. (video playing) There are a number ways I can navigate this tape. I can use Rewind, Fast Forward. I can go one frame at a time, using the playback controls, or I can use this little shuttle down here at the bottom. And the farther I shift it to the left, the faster it's going to go in reverse.
The farther I shift it to right, the faster it's going to go in forward. There are also two shortcut keys that I just love over here on the left. These will take you to the last break. Remember I said there will be a scene break whenever your paused your camera? When I click on this the camera is going to automatically shuttle over to the last place where I paused-- in other words, the beginning of this shot. (video playing) There, it cued me up to the exact spot where the timecode broke or where I started to shooting this scene.
Then capturing, very simple. I press the Capture button. When I'm ready to stop, I click it again. It becomes a Pause button once I begin capturing, and it will pause the tape. (video playing) And you see it's captured and as soon as it's captured, it's dropped into my project Assets panel. And it was given the name. Remember, I typed the clip name City. It added a 01 to it. That's pretty much all there is to it.
It will continue to gather video off of your camcorder, and it will add 01, 02 to the name. And since I have this set up in this configuration, it's going to break every time there was a pause or anytime the camcorder was stopped while I was recording. Tape-based digital video like mini-DV and HDV were designed specifically for interfacing with computers, and when you capture video from them, the video data is transferred from the camcorder to your computer unchanged. In other words, they are speaking the same language.
Although a lot of people see tape- based video is being antiquated, it is, in a lot of ways, the ideal format for working within a program like Premiere Elements.
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