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In this movie we are going to take a quick look at capturing video off of tape in Premiere Pro CS6. Now, we are only going to spend one quick movie if you have some legacy tapes. If you really want to get into the details of capturing from tape, you can watch the Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 training on lynda.com, which devotes an entire chapter to capturing from tape. And the basic functions haven't changed, so it will still be valid. But for now, let's do a quick capture. You are going to create a New Project and because of that there is no project file for this movie and the important things you need to do is select what format you are capturing from.
You can capture from either DV or HDV and this is important to select, because this tells Premiere Pro what protocols to use when talking to your camera. Now we've recorded everything on DV, so I am going to make that selection. It's also important to name your project, so we'll call this capture. Now before you press okay, make sure you select a location where you want your project files, and your captured media to go. So click on the Browse button, and in our case I am going to just put it on the desktop, because I know that I am going to be deleting this after I finish the movie.
Press OK, and you're greeted with a dialog box that we're used to seeing when you need to actually select your sequence presets. Now if all of your footage is coming from this tape, you can select a sequence setting, but if this is just part of the footage, go ahead and hit Cancel and let Premiere Pro automatically set the sequence settings when you drop that first clip on your timeline. We know that ours is DV widescreen, so I will make that modification now. Press okay, and we are greeted by the familiar interface.
Now let's go ahead and plug in our camera and make sure your camera is set to playback mode or VCR mode as opposed to record mode so you can actually take control and bring in your footage. The next step is going to the File menu and selecting Capture. If your camera is set to playback, you should see this screen and probably the word Stopped. As long as you don't see the word No Communications, you should be okay. I'm a go ahead and hit play just to make sure that our tape is queued up to where I want to start capturing.
Looks good, so let me go ahead and press Rewind because we're going to capture the entire tape from the beginning. It's important before you start capturing to make sure your tape is rewound. Now the tape is at the very beginning, and I am going to change just a couple of pieces of information on the right side and grab the entire tape. Just so you know where your media came from, go ahead and label the tape, and we are going to call this Random B-roll, and I'm going to name the clip as in just generic B-roll because you'll see how that will benefit me in just a moment.
Now we are going to capture the entire tape, but one of the things you can do with DV and HDV, you can have Premiere Pro actually break your scenes into individual clips. So I am going to have to do a scene detect and simply click on tape to capture everything that I recorded. The application will queue up the tape and immediately start capturing. So now we just shot some B-roll to throw in as some temp footage, and this is only four shots for us to capture.
Now as soon as it runs out of media on the tape, it will actually pause, and we can go ahead and close the capture window. If you take a look in your Project pane, you see there are the four shots that we just captured, and it actually called them B-roll and then appended them with 02, 03 and 04. So there you see the value of labeling just one clip if you are going to capture an entire tape. Let me double-click and load one of the B-roll shots into my source monitor. I can scrub through it, see I have captured exactly what I want, and I can work with this clip just like any other clip that I would in Premiere Pro.
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