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Chapter 4. Capturing and Importing Media > Setting Up Your System for Capture: ...

Setting Up Your System for Capture: An Overview

The next few sections of this chapter talk you through all of the settings you need to configure before you begin capturing media. The first time you create capture-related settings, the task will be arduous, but after that, preparing for capture should simply be a matter of choosing the right presets.

Before capturing, you'll need to configure the following settings, described in the next few sections of this chapter:

  • Hard drive configuration: Choose the hard drives on which you want to store the Xpress Pro source media files that are created during the capture process.

  • Deck or camera configuration: Tell Xpress Pro which deck or camera you're using to play back your source tapes and how the deck or camera should operate during logging and batch capturing.

    Your deck configuration settings also include your video input channel information: Through which pipeline are you getting video into your computer? (Usually, it's FireWire.)

  • Video input channel and resolution: Tell Xpress Pro which video resolution to use for capture and what pipeline you're using for capture. On software-only systems, the resolution options are full-res DV 25 411and single-field DV (15:1s); typically, your channel is FireWire.

  • Audio input channel, format, sample rate, and sample size: Typically you'll choose either FireWire or an analog capture card as your input channel, AIFF or WAV as your format, 32 kHz or 48 kHz as your sample rate, and 16 bit or 24 bit as your sample size.

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