Pinnacle Studio: SmartCapture: Preview Quality Capture

In Pinnacle Studio, you can use the SmartCapture feature which allows you to edit and store large amounts of media. The SmartCapture feature enables to capture low-resolution preview videos.

It also allows you to store DV footage in a reduced quality format, which in turn saves disk space while retaining the original DV time code information. In Pinnacle Studio, you can also capture the video as a DV or MPEG, and your end result can be saved in a DVD or blue-ray disc. The SmartCapture in Pinnacle Studio is quite easy to use, and below is a step-by-step guide on how to do it.

Step 1: Connect the Device to Your Computer

Before you can choose your capture format in Pinnacle Studio, you first need to properly connect your device to the computer. Connect the DV device on to your computer making sure that the cables are properly in place.

Step 2: Capturing the DV Video

To capture the DV video, just click the Capture tab which will bring you to the Capture mode of Pinnacle Studio. When you are in the Capture mode, a Camcorder Controller should appear.

The Camcorder Controller just mimics the controls in your camcorder to help you manipulate your camcorder without actually using the device itself. You can also use the Controller to move the DV tape in the camera to the desired starting point.

Step 3: Opening the SmartCapture

To go to the SmartCapture option, go to the Capture Format tab which is located on the Studio Setup Options dialog box on the upper-left corner. From this dialog box, look for the Setup menu located at the top of monitor. You will find several tabs on this window. Click Capture Format and then choose SmartCapture.

Step 4: Selecting the Preview Quality Capture

You can now select the Preview Quality Capture. On the Diskometer, you will find 3 Capture format options: DV full-quality capture, MPEG full-quality capture and preview-quality capture. Click the button on the right side of the Preview-quality capture.

Step 5: Capturing the Video

Once you are done, you can now start capturing. To do this, click the Start Capture button on the Diskometer. The Capture Video dialog box will now open and from here you can customize how you want Studio to capture your DV video.

Step 6: Using the Capture Video

In this dialog box, you can type in a new file name for your video. You can also set the time as to when you want Studio to stop capturing the video in minutes and seconds if you prefer not to capture the entire video.

When you are done, click the Start Capture button. After you have clicked the Start Capture button, it will change to Stop Capture. The Pinnacle Studio will then capture your video using the preview-quality capture format.

Step 7: Stopping the Capture

If you prefer not to set the time as to when Pinnacle Studio will stop capturing the video, you can always manually stop the capture process. To do this, just click the Stop Capture button on the Diskometer or press ESC.

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