Capture and Import Video in Avid Liquid

If users want to capture video from their video camera or import clips already on the hard drive, they can easily do this in Avid Liquid. Even amateur users will quickly be able to add clips and video to Liquid and other Avid programs, where they will be able to edit and manipulate these new clips.

Step 1: How to Capture Video in Liquid

Liquid allows users to eliminate a step by directly importing video from a video camera. Plus, users don't even have to import the entire video; they can simply capture what they would like to use. To capture video from a camcorder, users should follow the below steps:

  1. Locate the Logging Tool, which can be found under the Master Viewer.
  2. Click on the Logging Tool. This tool looks like a round, solid circle. When clicked, the tool should go from red to yellow. Now, the Change Reel Pop-up menu will appear.
  3. The Change Reel should automatically select video camera. If not, users can just scroll to the camcorder media files.
  4. Click the checkmark to open up the video.
  5. Hit play on the video screen.
  6. Hit the Digitize button. This tool has a rounded top and bottom and some lines through the middle.
  7. Now, users can either go ahead and record the entire video. Or, they may wait until the video gets to a certain section and then start capturing video.
  8. To end the capturing, just hit the Digitize button again.

The video will now show up in the HDV or similar file. If users wish to move the file, they simply need to drag the video into a different file. If a user cannot connect to the camera, he should verify that it is properly connected to the computer.

Step 2: How to Import Video

If a clip or video was previously imported or created in another program, it can be added to Liquid using the import feature. To import video or clips to Liquid, follow the below steps:

  1. Go the All bin, which is located in the lower left-hand corner.
  2. Click on the folder where the clip is located.
  3. Right-click on the folder. A pop-up menu will appear. If the incorrect folder has opened, users can simply locate the folder and click on it.
  4. Find the clip that needs to be imported. If users are trying to locate a piece of animations, they can select the Auto Detect Animation feature, which will search for animation within the folder.
  5. Select the clip, and then select open.

Once the clip or video sequence is open, Liquid will automatically start rendering the clip. These same procedures can be used to import audio tracks.

Step 3: Using this Feature

The importance of the capture and import features is the ability to quickly find clips and add them to a user's timeline. This is especially true for the capture feature. Users don't need to import the video via another program, save it on their computer and then manually import it into the timeline. They simply need to connect to the camera and obtain the sequence or clips that they need.