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Chapter 4. Capturing and Importing Media

Chapter 4. Capturing and Importing Media

Before you can begin editing, you need to get your source media onto your computer and into your Xpress Pro project bins. This process requires either capturing video and audio from source tapes or importing video, audio, stills, and graphics that are already on your drives into the Xpress Pro application.

In this chapter, you'll learn how to configure your deck, camera, or digital-analog converter for capturing your footage, with or without timecode, via a FireWire (IEEE 1394) connection. You'll also learn how to capture audio through your sound card if necessary. Going through the capturing process will take a lot of patience at first, since there are many audio- and video-related settings to configure.

When learning how to import media into Xpress Pro, you'll deal with even more settings as you tell Xpress Pro whether you want to import CCIR 601 or RGB color, square or rectangle pixels, alpha channel information or no alpha channel information, and so on.

Whether capturing or importing source media, the important constant to keep in mind is this: When capturing or importing, Xpress Pro always creates source media using either the Open Media Format Interchange (OMFI) format or Material Exchange Format (MXF); OMFI is the format you'll probably use for 95 percent of your projects. For example, when you import an Apple QuickTime file into Xpress Pro, the application converts the file from Apple QuickTime to the OMFI file format (with the extension “.omf”). The downside to these necessary conversions is the waiting time, but the upside is an efficient workflow between Xpress Pro and other Avid applications such as ProTools and Avid Symphony.

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