3 Tips to Capture Video from a Camcorder

Camcorder video capture is the only way to get the footage from your digital video tapes onto your hard drive for editing. It can be a time consuming process. It is tedious, but if you do it the right way it will save you time as you edit. Here are three tips for capturing video from your camcorder to your computer.

1. Run the Camcorder from AC Power

As you set up your camcorder for capturing video, you want to make sure that it is drawing it's power from the AC plug instead of the battery. You don't want it to shut off in the middle of capturing a clip.

2. Start Recording before the Clip Begins

When capturing your video, roll the play back to a few seconds before your clip begins and then hit record. It sometimes takes the computer and camcorder a couple of seconds to get up to speed, and this will insure that you don't miss any footage during the capture process.

3. Create a Clear Naming System for Your Video Files

Create a clear naming system for your video files so that you know what each clip is without having to play it. This will save you a ton of time when you're editing and are looking for that perfect shot for your sequence.