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Capturing Clip by Clip

Capturing clip by clip involves logging In and/or Out points for one clip and capturing that one clip immediately. One advantage of this method is that you have to set only about one point (the In or the Out point).

You can set an In point and end the capture by clicking the Capture button, or you can set an Out point and being the capture by clicking the Capture button.

Additionally, this method allows you to check for timecode breaks on a clip-by-clip basis. If Xpress Pro tries to capture a clip but can't because of a timecode break (it will display a timecode break warning), or if you visually see the timecode numbers jump or reset during playback, you can select a short custom preroll for an individual clip below the deck controls in the Capture tool. Then Xpress Pro will not rewind the tape as far back as the break.

To capture a clip using an In point, Out point, or both:

1.
In the Capture tool, click the Capture/Log Mode button, so it displays “Cap” (for Capture mode).

2.
At the top of the Capture tool, select the video and audio tracks you want to capture, as well as the TC button (to capture timecode).

3.
Insert and name your tape.

4.
Mark your In and/or Out point by doing one of the following:

  • To set only an In point, play to the exact point you want to log as your In point and press Mark In (mapped by default to the I key).

The Capture tool says “Capture from IN” below the video input pop-up menu (Figure 4.30).

To set only an Out point, play to the exact point you want to log as your Out point and press Mark Out (mapped by default to the O key).

Figure 4.30. Capturing clip by clip using In points may be the most efficient way to capture clips if your shots are not long. It requires setting an In point, pressing the Record button to start capture, and pressing the Record button again to stop capture.


The Capture tools says “Digitize to OUT” below the video input pop-up menu.

  • To set both precise In and Out points, play to your In point and press Mark In and play to your Out point and Mark Out.

The Capture tool says “Capture from IN to OUT” below the video source pop-up menu (Figure 4.31).

Figure 4.31. Capturing a clip by setting both In and Out points is helpful when you need to be precise about the beginning and ending of your clip (perhaps to avoid timecode break problems that are both before and after the footage you need).


5.
To capture your clip, do one of the following:

  • If you set only an In point, click the Capture button at the upper left of the Capture tool. Xpress Pro starts capturing from the In point. When your tape gets to the approximate end point of the clip, click the Capture button again to stop capture.

  • If you set only an exact Out point, rewind to the approximate In point of the clip, start playback, and click the Capture button. Xpress Pro starts capturing and automatically stops capturing when it gets to your Out point.

  • If you set both In and Out points, just click the Capture button, and Xpress Pro will automatically capture from your In to your Out point.

The captured clip appears in your designated logging bin. If you didn't name the clip in the Capture tool during capture, you can now name it in the bin.

✓ Tips

  • To end a capture, you can press the Esc key instead of the Capture button.

  • If necessary, set a Custom preroll amount below the deck controls in the Capture tool.

  • You can also capture a clip by setting only an Out point; just use Mark Out instead of Mark In, to set the end of your clip. Rewind to the approximate In point of the clip, play forward, and click Capture when you want to begin capturing.


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