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Chapter 15. Creating Output > Printing to Video

Printing to Video

The Print to Video command is designed to present your video (whether a clip, storyboard, or program) on your computer screen—all by itself, without the unsightly computer desktop or other windows. However, you can also use Print to Video to record to tape, particularly if you only have manual control over your camera or deck. If you’re using FireWire or another form of device control, use the Export to Tape option, described in the next section.

To print to video:

1.
Do either of the following:

  • To export the program from the timeline, select the Timeline window or Monitor window.

  • To export a clip, open a video clip.

2.
To define the footage you want to export, do either of the following:

  • In the program, set the work area bar over the range in the timeline you want to export.

  • In a clip, set the in and out points to define the frames you want to export.

3.
Choose either of the following:

File > Export Timeline > Print to Video— to export from the timeline (Figure 15.1).

Figure 15.1. Choose File > Export Timeline > Print to Video.


File > Export Clip > Print to Video— to export a clip.

The Print to Video dialog box appears (Figure 15.2).

Figure 15.2. The Print to Video dialog box appears.


4.
Do any of the following:

  • To play NTSC color bars before the program begins, enter the number of seconds they should appear in the “Color bars for” field.

  • To play black video before the program begins (but after the color bars), enter the number of seconds in the “Play black for” field.

  • To play the video back at double normal size, select Zoom Screen and choose an option from the Zoom Screen pull-down menu (Figure 15.3):

    Figure 15.3. Choose an option from the Zoom Screen pull-down menu.

    Software— to use software (such as QuickTime) to zoom the image size.

    Hardware— to use a hardware capture card to zoom the image size.

    This option is useful if the normal image size is less than full-screen. With this option selected, a 320 × 240 movie plays back at 640 × 480.

  • To play the program or clip repeatedly, check Loop Playback.

5.
If available, choose an option from the Screen Mode pull-down menu:

Current— to play back video on the main computer screen.

NTSC— to use an attached television monitor.

This option is available when certain capture-card hardware plug-ins are installed. Check the documentation for your hardware.

6.
Prepare your recording device, and click OK in the Print to Video dialog box to begin playing back the program.

To stop playback, press - (Mac) or - (Windows).


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