How to Quickly Capture Video in Premiere

If you need to quickly capture video using Adobe Premiere, then the simplest way is to use an adapted fire wire port. There are many different versions of visual devices which you can download onto your computer, from a camcorder to cell phone, but most of these now come with a firewire cable which you can use to adapt the video to your computer software. So long as you have the computer files in place so that the system will recognize your device, you will be able to set them up however you choose.

Materials Needed

  • Adobe Premiere
  • Camcorder or visual recording device
  • Firewire cable
  • Computer

Step 1: Connecting Your Device to the Computer

If this is the first time that you have used your camcorder or cell phone to download images, you will need to install the software package which allows the two different devices to speak to each other. Most devices now come with their own firewire cable, which will allow you to import the images that you want to use without too many problems. Look for a port on your computer labeled DV IN/OUT or similar. Connect the wire to the device, and then attach it to your computer.

Step 2: Importing the Software

Assuming that you have previously used the device, you should already have the software installed on your computer. If you are using DV tapes, then the timecode from your camcorder will be installed on the hard drive of the computer, along with any audio and video files which have been recorded by the device. This timecode information can be very important when you are editing it, as it will give you a base from which you can work. It is also vital if you intend to store your files as offline originally, and then resave them as online at a later date.

Step 3: Capturing the Footage

When you are placing the files on your software, you should choose to give each of your tapes a distinctive name so that you will remember what you called them when you are about to start editing. It is common to name your clips after reel numbers, for example O1 or O2, but if you intend to use your files for more than one download, you may need to give them a more distinctive name to distinguish between them.

Step 4: Capturing with Premiere

When your device is joined to the firewire, you may find that your Adobe Premiere begins immediately. If not, open it up, and choose the tab marked DV-NTSC in the preset file, and then click OK. Specify a Scratch Disk (or Hard Drive), and click OK. Open up the Movie Capture tab, and click Ok. You will the be able to capture your movie. You may also be able to look at the logging section once you have finished capturing the video.

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