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Chapter 4. Capturing and Importing Media > About Capturing Media: An Overview

About Capturing Media: An Overview

The Capture tool, the Composer monitor, and a logging bin are all you really need to capture media from your source tapes to your computer. Using the Capture tool, you have three possible strategies for capturing (that is, recording) audio and video:

  • Logging shots and batch capturing: Logging your footage first and then capturing only the sections you want to keep on your drives is the traditional method of bringing footage into a nonlinear system.

    The advantage of this log-first, capture-second method is that you don't have to sit and watch all of the source footage in real time during the logging process; instead, you can fast-forward to your In and Out points while logging and then take a break while Xpress Pro automatically captures what you have logged.

  • Capturing on the fly and then logging shots: With the capturing-on-the fly strategy, you first capture long runs of footage containing multiple scenes or shots from your source tape and then break the footage into individual subclips for logging after you capture. This method often works best for documentary footage and scripted narrative footage for which the director prefers to shoot long and often keeps the camera rolling between takes. Furthermore, this method is the only one you can use if you capture from a noncontrollable deck such as a consumer VCR or DVD player, where the source tape doesn't provide timecode.

    (To learn how to create subclips automatically, see “Creating Subclips with DV Scene Extraction” later in this chapter.)

    (For more information about creating subclips manually, see “Creating Subclips and Subsequences” in Chapter 6.)

  • Capturing clip by clip: This method involves setting In and/or Out points and capturing one clip after the next. Use this method if your footage contains timecode breaks that would make batch capturing or capturing on the fly a real headache, or if you have to capture only one or two sections of a tape and need to be precise about the beginning or ending of a shot. See the sidebar “Dealing with Timecode Breaks” later in this chapter for more information.

To open the Capture tool:

Do one of the following:

  • Choose Tools > Capture.

  • Press Ctrl+7 (Windows) or Command+7 (Mac).

    Xpress Pro opens the Capture tool. If your deck or camera is turned on, connected, and configured properly, timecode numbers appear in the deck control area of the Capture tool (Figure 4.1). To proceed with the capturing process, see the next section, “Setting Up Your System for Capture: An Overview.”

    Figure 4.1. When you open the Capture tool, you should see a timecode display in the deck area of the window, meaning that Xpress Pro recognizes your deck or camera.

    If Xpress Pro does not recognize your deck for whatever reason, the timecode area reports No Deck. (For information on configuring your deck, see “Setting Up Your Deck or Camera for Capture” later in this chapter.)

✓ Tip

  • You can choose Toolset > Capture to open Xpress Pro's capturing toolset, a default capture-related window arrangement.

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