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Using the Capture tool

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Video: Using the Capture tool

So far in this course, we've been working with media that's already been brought into Media Composer. Well, as you can imagine, it has to get there somehow. In this chapter, we'll examine all of the various ways that footage makes its way into a project, by capturing, by importing, and by accessing. In the first three movies, we'll take a look at how to capture. This movie will acquaint you with the Capture tool. Now, if footage was shot on a camera that uses tape, then you'll need to capture the footage via a tape deck or a camera connected to your system.

Using the Capture tool

So far in this course, we've been working with media that's already been brought into Media Composer. Well, as you can imagine, it has to get there somehow. In this chapter, we'll examine all of the various ways that footage makes its way into a project, by capturing, by importing, and by accessing. In the first three movies, we'll take a look at how to capture. This movie will acquaint you with the Capture tool. Now, if footage was shot on a camera that uses tape, then you'll need to capture the footage via a tape deck or a camera connected to your system.

Once the deck is correctly connected and turned on, then you should start Media Composer. You should not turn the deck on when Media Composer is already active, or the software may not recognize the deck. So, we're in our project. It's a brand-new project and we're ready to capture footage. Let's go ahead and launch the Capture tool. The Capture tool is found under the Tools menu > Capture, or Ctrl+7 or Command+7 for a Mac. So, we'll Ctrl+7, the Capture tool launches, and let's take a look at what we've got.

We're going to ignore this row of buttons for now and come down to our Track Selectors. The Track Selectors are where you select the tracks that are going to be captured into Media Composer. In this case, we have one track of video and a left and a right channel of audio, as well as time code. Now, it's essential that you capture time code, because every single frame of video or audio in your system has to have an address. This address is dictated by its tape name and time code.

So, you really need to select time code when you capture each time. Making our way down, we have our Video and Audio input settings. Now sometimes you have lots of different options for capture. In this case, we have FireWire. You may also have Component, Composite, S-Video, HDMI. If you had each one of these options, they'd be populated in this list. We only have FireWire so that's the only thing we see, and making our way down here, we have Name and Comment entry fields. This is where we'll input data about the clips that we capture.

Here's the bin that we capture into. It says Please open a bin. So I will. By default, the project opens with a bin named after the project name and then Bin. I'm going to rename this. I'll call it Urban Nutcracker Selects, and that's populated here. Here's the resolution that I'm going to capture. Now, depending on if you're in a standard definition or high-definition project, you'll have a number of different choices here.

In this case, I am in a standard definition project and I have standard definition resolutions available to me. I'm going to stay on DV 25. Here is the drive I'm capturing to and in this case I'm going to make sure that my D drive is selected. Here is the amount of space I have on that drive for the resolution that I've selected. Notice that at DV 25, I have 10 hours available to me. If I chose 1:1, I have 1 hour available to me.

So, I'm going to switch back to DV 25 and I have plenty of room. Here I have my deck controls. This is how I remotely control my deck or camera while I capture footage into the system. Everything here should look fairly familiar to you. Play, Stop, Pause, Eject. I also can go backward and forward by one frame and here's my Rewind and Fast Forward. Below here is the deck or camera connected to my system. You can see here that the deck is recognized by Media Composer.

Occasionally, there is a problem with the connection between Media Composer and the deck. There is a pop-down menu in here that you can use to help you in reconnecting the deck. We won't go over this in this course, but just be aware that these options are here for you. Below that is Tape Name. We don't have a tape in our deck right now, but as soon as I put one in, the Select Tape dialog box pops up. Now, this is very important. We need to select a unique tape name. Do not leave it named New Tape.

I would recommend naming it a number and then the project name. In this case, I'm going to call it 001 Urban Nutcracker, and I select OK, and you'll notice that the tape name populated here and I have my time code from my tape populate here in the deck controls. So, now I'm able to control my deck if I hit Play.

(Music Playing.) I now have a remote connection to my deck and I can control it accordingly. So, once you've made all of the correct selections in the Capture tool, it's time to start ingesting the footage. We'll take a look at how to do that in the next movie.

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  1. 3m 43s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 27s
  2. 22m 59s
    1. Understanding clips and media files
      2m 34s
    2. Understanding the Select Project window
      5m 40s
    3. Working in the Project window
      5m 35s
    4. Setting up and organizing a project
      5m 13s
    5. Saving and backing up
      3m 57s
  3. 50m 15s
    1. Using the Composer Monitor and the timeline
      6m 32s
    2. Adding shots using Splice
      5m 57s
    3. Adding shots using Overwrite
      7m 2s
    4. Removing shots using Extract and Lift
      4m 31s
    5. Using Extract/Splice Segment Mode to switch shots in the timeline
      5m 1s
    6. Using Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode to move shots in the timeline
      5m 59s
    7. Using direct timeline manipulation
      4m 6s
    8. Using subclips and subsequences
      3m 48s
    9. Adding and patching video tracks
      7m 19s
  4. 26m 39s
    1. Understanding trimming
      3m 42s
    2. Using A-side Single-Roller Trim to improve audio timing
      7m 59s
    3. Using B-side Single-Roller Trim to improve audio timing
      5m 41s
    4. Using Dual-Roller Trim to refine video
      6m 5s
    5. Using Ripple Trim and Overwrite Trim
      3m 12s
  5. 24m 8s
    1. Using the J-K-L keys for navigation
      4m 15s
    2. Using navigation shortcuts
      6m 26s
    3. Using the Command palette
      6m 4s
    4. Sorting and sifting clips
      7m 23s
  6. 20m 38s
    1. J-K-L trimming
      4m 11s
    2. On-the-fly trimming
      7m 18s
    3. Advanced trim methods: Slip mode
      5m 18s
    4. Advanced trim methods: Slide mode
      3m 51s
  7. 21m 33s
    1. Using the Audio tool to read audio levels
      6m 18s
    2. Using the Audio Mixer to adjust audio level and pan
      8m 27s
    3. Keyframing audio for intra-segment audio adjustments
      6m 48s
  8. 55m 23s
    1. Using Quick Transition effects
      5m 19s
    2. Using the Effects palette and the Effects Editor
      5m 21s
    3. Keyframing segment effects
      6m 0s
    4. Using nesting and auto-nesting
      5m 49s
    5. Saving effects templates
      5m 34s
    6. Building basic composites using vertical effects
      4m 53s
    7. Using the Picture-in-Picture effect
      6m 41s
    8. Creating basic motion effects
      5m 55s
    9. Using Timewarp
      5m 56s
    10. Using the Color effect
      3m 55s
  9. 9m 48s
    1. Understanding system performance
      5m 58s
    2. Rendering tracks
      3m 50s
  10. 20m 30s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      3m 8s
    2. Using the Y-Waveform monitor to set whites and blacks
      5m 34s
    3. Using the RGB Parade to correct color casts
      4m 42s
    4. Using the Vectorscope to improve skin tones
      3m 27s
    5. Correcting color automatically
      3m 39s
  11. 29m 16s
    1. Formatting and enhancing text using Avid Marquee
      6m 52s
    2. Using Marquee to apply shapes and gradients
      4m 23s
    3. Using title templates
      2m 40s
    4. Bringing a title into Media Composer
      3m 42s
    5. Revising the title
      2m 49s
    6. Creating rolling and crawling titles
      4m 40s
    7. Using Auto-Titler
      4m 10s
  12. 22m 3s
    1. Using the Capture tool
      5m 7s
    2. Capturing footage
      4m 26s
    3. Batch-capturing
      4m 46s
    4. Adjusting settings for import
      5m 7s
    5. Using AMA (Avid Media Access) for QuickTime imports
      2m 37s
  13. 16m 54s
    1. Understanding deletion types and cases
      3m 51s
    2. Performing bin deletion
      3m 17s
    3. Understanding the Media tool
      6m 17s
    4. Identifying and deleting media relatives and non-relatives
      3m 29s
  14. 15m 31s
    1. Understanding media delivery types
      2m 28s
    2. Preparing a sequence for digital cut to print to tape
      2m 48s
    3. Performing a digital cut
      5m 8s
    4. Exporting a QuickTime movie or QuickTime reference
      5m 7s
  15. 14m 39s
    1. Solving the offline media problem
      3m 58s
    2. Re-linking media
      2m 19s
    3. Solving Avid settings corruption
      4m 35s
    4. Using the Avid Attic to find and retrieve bins
      3m 47s
  16. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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