Adobe Premiere 6.0: How To Use the DV Features

When Adobe Premiere 6.0 first came out, it was a milestone in non-linear editing because it incorporated a number of DV features that were considered new and revolutionary at the time. The biggest contribution that this program gave to computer based digital editing was that it's software eliminated the need for a user's computer to have a video capture card. Thanks to this program, all you need now is a firewire cable.

How Premiere 6.0 Captures Video

Premiere 6.0 eliminated the need for users to buy and install a video card for their computers. The program performs the capturing process by only using the DV port on the computer's hard drive, a fire wire connection ( also called IEEE 1394) and a DV camcorder. All you need to do to start the capture process is to connect the camcorder to the computer with the firewire, turn it on, open your project in Premiere, and then choose 'File'-> 'Capture' once everything is loaded. After your footage is captured, you can begin editing it right away.

Step 1: Setting up Your Camcorder to Work with Premiere 6.0

If this is your first time using your camcorder with Premiere 6.0, then you need to alert the program to which camcorder model that you are using so that it perfectly captures the video. With the capture window open, click on the 'Settings' tab and click on 'Device Control'. A dialogue box will open. Here, you can find and select your specific camcorder. There are a lot of consumer and professional camcorders that this program can support. It is important to choose the right one so that Premiere 6.0's capture settings are precise. This will directly affect your video's quality.

Step 2: Using the Settings Tab

Before you begin the capturing process, you should take a good look at your settings tab to make sure that everything is in proper order. Here you can change specific video capture settings, change the location of the captured video on your hard drive, and set the device control preferences that were covered early.

Step 3: Using the Logging Tab

The logging tab helps you stay on top of keeping your footage organized. Here, you can log (name) your video clips, set in and out points, and name the tapes that footage is coming from. It's important to name the tape because if some unfortunate event happens where the video is deleted from your hard drive, you can easily locate the clip on the tape and add it into your project quickly (like it never happened). 

Step 4: Exporting to the Web

Premiere 6.0 was also revolutionary in that it allowed users to turn their video projects into files that can be shared on the web. Technology has advanced a lot since this program was first introduced, but what is important for this feature is that it is the ancestor of Adobe's Media Encoder Program.

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