Join Paul Trani for an in-depth discussion in this video Capturing video from tape, part of Premiere Pro CS4 Getting Started.
Premiere Pro lets you assemble elements such as videos and graphics into movies. If your source video is on tape then you will need to capture that to hard drive. So, let's start off by making sure we have Project 01_04 open and I'm actually going to capture from FireWire. I basically have a video camera connected. So, as long as that's connected, all I need to do is go to File > Capture and it actually registers currently just a blank frame on my video camera so far. Let's first talk about some of the settings that we have on the right side.
So, the first thing I want to do is just I know I have some surfboard shots, so that's going to be the Tape Name and then I can give it a Clip Name and I want to call this Board Shots 03. It's going to be the third clip I need to capture here. So, you can give it any clip name that you want and now I am going to click over to Settings. So, from here, I can go ahead and save out this video. Often, it defaults to the Same as Project but what I want to do is actually save it to my video folder in that location, so that's where it's going to save my Board Shots 03 file.
I am going to go back to Logging and we are looking pretty good; now, let's go ahead and locate our footage. So, I'm going to go ahead and click Play. (Sound of waves crashing.) And this is the footage I actually want to capture. I probably only need around 10-12 seconds of a board shot. So, what I am going to do is I am going to just go ahead and hit Record and then hit Play. (Sound of waves crashing.) And now, it's capturing this footage.
(Sound of waves crashing/background conversation.) It's pretty good, I am going to go ahead and hit Stop now. It captured that footage, it gives me a clip name of Board Shots 03.avi. I can easily just go ahead and give it a description as well. It's my surfboard close up shot and I am just going to go ahead and select OK. I am going to go ahead and close this Capture screen. It actually, of course, saves out the Board Shots 03 in my project ready to use in my timeline. So, you can see, it's easy to basically grab any footage of any connective device, especially any sort of video camera easily ready to use in my project.
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