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Getting video from a DV source

From: Premiere Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

Video: Getting video from a DV source

The next step after starting a new project is getting your video assets into that project. In the old days, that was pretty straightforward. Took a videocassette out of the camcorder put it into the video editing machine and got to work. Well, these days things are different. There are basically three ways to get video assets into your project. The first is called capturing or transferring, and you do that from a DV or HDV camcorder that uses a videocassette. The second way is to download assets from camcorders that use hard drives or flash media or recordable DVDs.

Getting video from a DV source

The next step after starting a new project is getting your video assets into that project. In the old days, that was pretty straightforward. Took a videocassette out of the camcorder put it into the video editing machine and got to work. Well, these days things are different. There are basically three ways to get video assets into your project. The first is called capturing or transferring, and you do that from a DV or HDV camcorder that uses a videocassette. The second way is to download assets from camcorders that use hard drives or flash media or recordable DVDs.

And the final way is to import files directly from your hard drive into your project. I want to talk about the latter to later in another tutorial, but I want to focus on the capture or transferring method now. You typically capture or transfer from a DV or HDV camcorder and you use FireWire, a FireWire cable to do that. You plug the cable into your camcorder, the other end into your PC, you hook up your camcorder in to AC power. You don't want to lose any juice during the middle of a transfer. Then you switch over to the VCR, the playback mode, as opposed to the camera or the record mode.

Once you get things all fired up you can begin to capture or transfer video via Premiere Elements into your project, so let's do that. For this tutorial I set the Project Settings to DV NTSC Standard Definition, because those match the camcorder we are working with. By the way you can see your Project Settings by choosing Edit > Project Settings > General. And here are the Project Settings, DV NTSC. Notice that they are grayed out. You can't change the Project Settings once you start a new project. So to get started with our capturing go to the Organize tasks panel, and click on Get Media, and then click on DV Camcorder.

That opens the Capture window. One of the cool things about video capture using a digital video or HDV camcorders that you can use what's called device control. FireWire cables have device control that allows you to remotely control a DV or HDV camcorder. So we're going to use these VCR like controls, and then control my camcorder remotely. In this way you can queue up the tape to whichever clip you want to start recording and then record from there. So let's get that process rolling. The first thing you do is you name the clip.

In this I want just call it golf. And if I just type golf, every clip that is recorded up to this point will be called golf01, golf02, golf03 because Premiere Elements will find breaks in the footage and name new clips based on the brakes. I'll explain that in a second. Now we want to save that to some place, so you select the file folder where you want to put that, then you need to then work on these final features down here. I want to capture both video and audio. I don't want in this case to capture the Timeline. Usually you want to be able to edit the clips in the order that it will best work for your project.

Infrequently will the clips actually match the order that you shot them in. If that's the case then leave this checked. I'm going to uncheck it in this particular though. I like this little thing called Split Scenes down here. This will automatically create new clips for each scene change. You can choose between by the Timecode or by Content. Content is kind of iffy. Premiere Elements sometimes doesn't really know when the content has changed, but the Timecode is a certain thing, because every time you click pause on your camcorder that changes the timecode and so every time Premiere Elements sees that little Pause Record button being pressed, it will create a new clip at that point.

Finally there is this option down here, called Auto-Analyzer and Auto-Analyzer will analyze each clip, looking for motion, faces, blur, and will indicate those things in tags that are attached to little clips. But the Auto-Analyzer is very slow and can really eat up computer resources. I think you can probably do a better job looking at your clips in figuring out if there is motion in it, or faces in it, or if it's blurry. So I tend to just turn that off to have things go faster and I'll be able to check those things out later. So once I've decided okay, this is where I want to start capturing, all I have to do is click Capture and my camcorder will start playing and Premiere Elements will start making new clips.

There is the next clip and notice that it goes to golf02. Each time there is a new clip, it will be the next clip. golf03. So now I've recorded three clips. I'm going to click Pause. Let's say I'm done now. I have recorded the three clips that I wanted to record. I can close this and those three clips will now show up in the Project View, golf01, golf02, golf03. Premiere Elements stores your clips as AVI files. That's Audio Video Interleave. That's a standard Windows video file format and it's the full digital video resolution that was on your camcorder's tape.

So nothing is lost during transfer. Let me just show you how one of these clips look. We just got it moments ago. I can preview it. (Whack! Golf ball being hit.) And there you go. That's how you capture video from a DV or HDV videocassette camcorder and now that you've captured these clips, you are ready to start editing your video project.

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Premiere Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

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  1. 8m 39s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Understanding the workflow
      52s
    3. Using the exercise files
      44s
    4. Relinking missing media
      2m 13s
    5. Using the Organizer
      3m 42s
  2. 8m 37s
    1. Understanding Premiere Elements 8 features
      4m 23s
    2. Touring the workspace
      4m 14s
  3. 17m 4s
    1. Starting a new project
      3m 52s
    2. Getting video from a DV source
      5m 0s
    3. Getting media from other sources
      3m 54s
    4. Managing media in the Project workspace
      4m 18s
  4. 19m 25s
    1. Learning about the Sceneline and the Timeline
      2m 22s
    2. Adding rearranging and deleting clips in the Sceneline
      4m 6s
    3. Adding and deleting clips in the Timeline
      5m 59s
    4. Arranging clips on the Timeline using modifier keys
      6m 58s
  5. 27m 27s
    1. Using the Monitor panel to trim video in the Sceneline
      6m 0s
    2. Trimming video in the Timeline
      6m 24s
    3. Trimming clips in the Preview window
      6m 46s
    4. Splitting clips and changing clip speed duration and direction
      8m 17s
  6. 22m 1s
    1. Understanding transitions
      5m 41s
    2. Applying transitions
      7m 2s
    3. Adjusting transitions
      9m 18s
  7. 37m 26s
    1. Understanding video effects
      8m 41s
    2. Using the Motion and Image Control fixed effects
      4m 46s
    3. Applying and modifying video effects
      7m 49s
    4. Using the Effects Mask tool
      7m 8s
    5. Working with motion tracking
      9m 2s
  8. 53m 57s
    1. Understanding animation
      7m 9s
    2. Animating video effects
      18m 32s
    3. Using the Motion effect with keyframes
      11m 46s
    4. Working with effects presets
      11m 37s
    5. Controlling changes between keyframes
      4m 53s
  9. 25m 32s
    1. Recording narration
      1m 51s
    2. Making music soundtracks with SmartSound
      4m 54s
    3. Applying audio effects
      10m 28s
    4. Mixing audio tracks manually and with Smart Mix
      8m 19s
  10. 18m 25s
    1. Creating text and geometric shapes
      5m 19s
    2. Applying styles to text and shapes
      8m 33s
    3. Having fun with titles
      4m 33s
  11. 23m 5s
    1. Understanding compositing
      4m 58s
    2. Creating picture-in-picture overlays
      7m 11s
    3. Making portions of clips transparent
      10m 56s
  12. 17m 49s
    1. Understanding Auto Analyzer and Smart Tags
      4m 59s
    2. Using InstantMovie and themes
      6m 17s
    3. Fixing with the Automatic Quality Enhancement feature
      6m 33s
  13. 9m 32s
    1. Understanding DVD authoring
      1m 10s
    2. Adding DVD scene markers
      4m 7s
    3. Creating DVD menus using templates
      4m 15s
  14. 4m 57s
    1. Sharing your videos from the Task panel
      4m 57s
  15. 12m 12s
    1. Shooting great video
      1m 59s
    2. Creating a story
      10m 13s
  16. 20s
    1. Goodbye
      20s

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