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Getting video from camera to computer

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Video: Getting video from camera to computer

Alright folks, now it's time for the good stuff. We are going to talk about getting video from your camera on to your computer. In the video editing world this is referred to as capturing. So what we want to do is, go over here to the Get Media button, and we want to get media or in other words video, from our DV Camcorder. So I'm going to click this button, which will open the Capture window. Now what's cool about this is that I actually have my camera hooked up right now via a Firewire cable to my computer. When you launch this Capture window, you're actually controlling your video camera from this window.

Getting video from camera to computer

Alright folks, now it's time for the good stuff. We are going to talk about getting video from your camera on to your computer. In the video editing world this is referred to as capturing. So what we want to do is, go over here to the Get Media button, and we want to get media or in other words video, from our DV Camcorder. So I'm going to click this button, which will open the Capture window. Now what's cool about this is that I actually have my camera hooked up right now via a Firewire cable to my computer. When you launch this Capture window, you're actually controlling your video camera from this window.

I don't know why I find that so cool, but for some reason to be able to control my video camera from my computer, it's like, I don't know. It's sort of like the Twilight Zone here or something. I love it. Now you want to make sure that your camera is in VCR or VTR or Playback mode, and not the Camera mode. So that being said, I'm going to hit the Play button, and launch my camera, so we can see the footage on my camera. (Video plays: And I raised a South African sal...) Just pause that there. So I'm basically playing back the video on my camera from Premiere Elements.

I could use this little Shuttle button here, if I want to step back, if I move it to the left then we go back in time a little bit. The faster or the more I move it to the left, the faster it's going to go backwards. There we go, I could also go forwards. Make it go faster. It's basically like a Fast Forward, the same way. Again the more to the right I hold it, the faster it's going to go forward. You could also name particular clips right here in the Clip Name area. Just click in there, maybe select something different. I want to call this turtle.avi.

OK so now what I want to do is show you very quickly before we capture this, this little flyout here. This is a little bit confusing. This is one of my beefs with Premiere Elements. There's this drop down here, this big old icon. So you think OK, this is where I get all my settings at. But there's actually way more settings at the little teeny-tiny flyout menu right above that. So here you have access to Capture Settings and Device Control as well, just like the big icon. That gives access to a lot more stuff as well. The only thing that's important is the capture of video and audio. Let's say you just want to get the audio, just the sound track of what you have recorded or let's say just you want to get the video without the soundtrack.

Maybe you know you're going to make a music video. So doesn't really matter what the audio was like at the time. You know you're just going to record over it. So you just capture the video and save yourself some disk space. Now I'm going to leave Scene Detect by Timecode selected here. What Scene Detect is, it's just a remarkable feature and it will allow Premiere Elements to go in and basically every time when you're shooting your video and you either pause the camera or stop the camera, it creates a new scene. So when you go through, and record your video through this Capture window here, Premiere Elements can actually detect every time you pause, it will make a separate video clip for every time that you pause the camera.

Now watch this. What I could do click on this Next button and I could say Go to the Next Scene. What Premiere Elements will do is it will look on my camera for the next time I paused the video or stopped it, and it will take me to that point in the Capture window. How cool is that? When you're finally record the video on to your computer, click the Get Video button to record that video. For more advanced settings you can come to the icon here, or to the flyout. Either one, doesn't matter, and select Capture Settings. So here in this window you can adjust the Capture Settings, but be aware these are your entire project settings.

So you could adjust General Settings for your project, Video Rendering Settings, Default Timeline, how many tracks there are, etcetera. I'm going to hit Cancel on this. You could also go to Device Control, and this will give you some more options for controlling your device. You could also click on Options, if you are having issues with your camera. You can change the Video Standard from NTSC to PAL and you can also specify your exact brand, and model and everything of your camera as well. With me and my particular camera, the exact model wasn't in here so I just said Generic.

It actually worked better for me than guessing the same brand of my camera. In other words it's a Canon camera but just having it say Generic works better than actually choosing Canon and not having the exact model. So you might get luck with just having Generic if you don't find your exact device brand and type on there. So anyway I'm just going to go ahead and hit Cancel. Because I have already recorded this footage I'm not going to capture it now. But be aware that, that's all you have to do to capture footage and to make it video on your computer.

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Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training

96 video lessons · 5397 viewers

Chad Perkins
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  1. 11m 20s
    1. Welcome
      2m 22s
    2. What is Premiere Elements?
      2m 30s
    3. Why use Premiere Elements?
      2m 0s
    4. How to use the exercise files
      2m 40s
    5. About the video in this course
      1m 48s
  2. 33m 52s
    1. The basic Premiere Elements workflow
      5m 5s
    2. Importing video footage
      4m 13s
    3. Working with clips
      4m 19s
    4. Editing a movie
      2m 12s
    5. Adding transitions and effects
      5m 22s
    6. Adding a soundtrack
      3m 11s
    7. Applying a Movie Theme
      3m 54s
    8. Adding a title
      3m 24s
    9. Sharing the final movie
      2m 12s
  3. 37m 37s
    1. Tips for installing Premiere Elements
      1m 44s
    2. About the Welcome screen
      1m 32s
    3. Tips for creating new projects
      2m 41s
    4. Getting familiar with the interface
      5m 8s
    5. Getting video from camera to computer
      4m 27s
    6. Capturing stop motion footage
      2m 10s
    7. Importing media
      4m 36s
    8. Opening vs. importing
      2m 0s
    9. Using the Organizer
      3m 18s
    10. Working with the Project view
      3m 40s
    11. Finding missing footage
      2m 55s
    12. Fixing mistakes
      1m 44s
    13. Using the Help options
      1m 42s
  4. 53m 52s
    1. Introduction to editing video
      2m 22s
    2. When should we cut?
      2m 13s
    3. About the Sceneline and the Timeline
      1m 41s
    4. Navigating in time
      7m 34s
    5. Trimming video in the Sceneline
      4m 8s
    6. Trimming video in the Timeline
      1m 4s
    7. Splitting a clip
      3m 41s
    8. Rearranging the order of clips
      3m 14s
    9. Previewing a video
      1m 50s
    10. Making slow motion and fast motion clips
      4m 15s
    11. Playing a clip backward
      1m 7s
    12. Freezing a frame of video
      3m 6s
    13. Creating a temporary pause
      3m 1s
    14. Moving and transforming clips
      8m 10s
    15. Using markers to work faster
      6m 26s
  5. 18m 7s
    1. What are transitions?
      2m 32s
    2. Basic transitions
      6m 16s
    3. Customizing transitions
      4m 41s
    4. “One-sided” transitions
      2m 43s
    5. Important rules about transitions
      1m 55s
  6. 38m 35s
    1. What are effects?
      4m 4s
    2. Adjusting brightness and color
      7m 5s
    3. Chad's favorite effects
      8m 22s
    4. Giving clips an “old film” look
      2m 46s
    5. Stabilizing footage
      4m 29s
    6. Customizing effects settings
      5m 27s
    7. Making lightning shoot from your hand
      6m 22s
  7. 32m 28s
    1. The importance of audio
      2m 9s
    2. Working with audio
      4m 1s
    3. Mixing audio tracks
      5m 10s
    4. Automatically detecting musical beats
      4m 54s
    5. Unlinking audio and video
      5m 18s
    6. Using a consistent audio source
      3m 41s
    7. Recording narration
      1m 37s
    8. Applying audio effects
      5m 38s
  8. 19m 0s
    1. Understanding animation concepts
      2m 24s
    2. Creating keyframes for fixed effects
      8m 3s
    3. Animating effects
      4m 38s
    4. Fine-tuning animations
      3m 55s
  9. 28m 53s
    1. Using the titling tools
      10m 47s
    2. Animating credits
      6m 3s
    3. Creating titles using templates
      2m 56s
    4. Using the included free content
      3m 55s
    5. Making a slide show
      5m 12s
  10. 12m 5s
    1. What are Movie Themes?
      4m 33s
    2. Applying Movie Themes
      5m 25s
    3. Customizing Movie Themes
      2m 7s
  11. 20m 42s
    1. Adding DVD chapter markers
      5m 26s
    2. Creating DVD menus
      5m 11s
    3. Exporting to DVD and Blu-ray
      3m 14s
    4. Exporting to YouTube
      2m 7s
    5. Exporting to iPhones, iPods, Zunes, cell phones, and other devices
      2m 14s
    6. Exporting to a file on your computer
      2m 30s
  12. 11m 40s
    1. Tips for shooting good video
      2m 52s
    2. Getting a second hard drive
      1m 32s
    3. What camera should you buy?
      1m 46s
    4. Different types of camera storage
      3m 22s
    5. Optical vs. digital zoom
      2m 8s
  13. 49m 56s
    1. About the final project
      1m 54s
    2. Importing and setting up the project
      2m 16s
    3. Arranging the clips
      3m 1s
    4. Adding audio and markers
      3m 59s
    5. Intermediate video editing
      13m 5s
    6. Creating transitions and overlays
      7m 24s
    7. Changing colors with effects
      5m 50s
    8. Applying a Movie Theme
      6m 27s
    9. Personalizing the titles
      2m 45s
    10. Exporting and posting to YouTube
      3m 15s
  14. 1m 48s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 48s

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