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Chapter 4. Capturing and Importing Media > Batch Capturing Logged Clips

Batch Capturing Logged Clips

Batch capturing allows you to automatically capture source clips based on the reel names and timecode numbers of your logged clips. In addition, you can batch capture clips based on the timecode numbers of an imported batch list.

Before you pull the batch-capture trigger, however, you need to configure a few batch-related settings. These settings, found on the Batch tab of the Capture Settings dialog box (Figure 4.25), include the following:

  • Optimize for Disk Space: Select this option if you want Xpress Pro to capture your clips exactly as logged, adding extra handles (a small amount of extra footage at the beginning and ending of each clip).

  • Optimize for Batch Speed: Select this option if you want Xpress Pro to coalesce any two clips that are close to each other (five or fewer seconds apart on your source tapes).

    Use Optimize for Batch Speed only if you have an extreme time crunch. Disk space is more valuable than the few extra minutes you gain by coalescing clips. In addition, separating coalesced clips will take extra time.

  • Switch to Emptiest Drive if Current Drive Is Full: Provided you have more than one media drive selected for capture—in other words, you've created a drive group—choose this option to make Xpress Pro capture to the next available capture drive when the current one becomes full. (To learn about drive groups, see “Configuring Your Hard Drives for Capture” earlier in this chapter.)

  • Rewind Tape When Finished: Select this option if you want Xpress Pro to automatically rewind the tape in your deck or camera after capturing.

  • Eject Tape When Finished: Select this option if you want Xpress Pro to automatically eject your tape from the deck or camera after capturing.

  • Log Errors to the Console and Continue Capturing: Select this option if you do not want to Xpress Pro to interrupt capture if any errors occur.

  • Capture the Tracks Logged for Each Clip: Select this option if you want Xpress Pro to capture the tracks (V1, A1, and so on) that you selected in the Capture tool while logging.

  • Use the Audio Sample Rate Logged for Each Clip: Select this option if you want Xpress Pro to capture your audio using the sample rate selected at the time you logged the audio clip.

  • Use the Audio Sample Size Logged for Each Clip: Select this option if you want Xpress Pro to capture your audio using the sample size (bit rate) selected at the time you logged the audio clip.

  • Use the Video Compression Logged for Each Clip: Select this option if you've changed the video resolution in the Capture tool but want Xpress Pro to capture your video according to the resolution selected at the time you logged the video clip. (For more information, see “Configuring Your Video Input Resolution” earlier in this chapter.)

Figure 4.25. The Batch tab of the Capture Settings dialog box contains options that determine how Xpress Pro treats logged clips during capture.


✓ Tip

  • With Optimize for Batch Speed selected, Xpress coalesces only clips that have the same video resolution and audio sample rate.


Offline Resolutions to Online Resolutions

Batch recapturing is the way to convert your sequence from offline to online quality. For example, you might initially capture and edit your footage using the 15:1s resolution: a single-field resolution.

Here's how full-resolution DV compares to offline resolution DV:

Whereas you can fit 2.1 minutes of full-res DV (DV25 411) with audio into 1 GB of disk space, you can fit 32.1 minutes of 15:1s material into the same amount of space.

For 24p projects, the 15:1s equivalent is 28:1s; you can fit 22.2 minutes of NTSC 28:1s into 1 GB of space, and 19.3 minutes of PAL 28:1s into the same amount of space.

When you finish editing your movie, you can replace all of the offline-resolution media with the full-resolution DV equivalent media, as long as everything was captured with proper timecode.

Usually, you'll first want to select your finished sequence by choosing Bin > Decompose to create an offline version of the sequence. Do not select the Offline Media Items Only option in the Decompose dialog box.

Then you can batch recapture your sequence using DV 25 411 as your resolution.

(For more information on using Decompose, see “Decomposing and Recapturing a Sequence” in Chapter 13.)


To configure your batch capture settings:

1.
On the Settings tab of the Project window, double-click the active (check-marked) Capture settings.

The Capture Settings dialog box opens.

2.
Click the Batch tab.

Xpress Pro displays the batch-related settings.

3.
Make any necessary adjustments to the settings and click OK.

The Capture Settings dialog box disappears, and your settings are saved.

To batch capture your logged clips:

1.
Open the bin that contains your logged clips.

2.
Select the clips you want to capture (use Shift-click to select multiple clips; see Figure 4.26).

Figure 4.26. To batch capture logged clips, first select them in a bin.


3.
Choose Bin > Batch Capture.

Xpress Pro opens the Capture tool and the Batch Capture dialog box. The dialog box tells you how many clips you selected.

4.
In the Batch Capture dialog box, choose one or more of the following settings:

  • Offline Media Only: Xpress Pro captures only selected clips that are offline—that is, not attached to any source media. To recapture previously captured media (needed when moving from offline to online quality), do not select this option.

  • Extend Handles Beyond Master Clip Edges: Choose this option to add handles (extra footage) to the beginning and ending of your clips. Select this option to be on the safe side with your clips, in case your In and Out points aren't precise.

5.
Click OK.

If you have logged clips from multiple source tapes, a dialog box appears prompting you to mount the first tape for batch capturing (Figure 4.27).

Figure 4.27. When Xpress Pro asks you to mount a source tape, insert the tape into your deck or camera and click Mounted.


6.
In the dialog box that appears, click one of the following:

  • Mounted: Click this to confirm that the right tape is in your deck or camera. Xpress Pro can begin capturing.

  • Skip This Clip: Click this to skip the first clip in the capturing process. Xpress Pro continues onto the next clip.

  • Skip This Tape: Click this to skip the entire tape and move to capturing clips from the next tape. Xpress Pro prompts you to insert the next tape.

  • Abort: Click this to end the batch- capture process. You can also click Abort during the capture process or click the Trash button in the Capture tool.

The dialog box disappears, and Xpress Pro automatically captures all logged clips. If clips belong to more than one source tape, Xpress Pro may prompt you to insert a new tape to continue capturing.

After batch capture, Xpress Pro displays the message “Batch Capture Complete.”

Your clips are online now, as opposed to offline.

✓ Tips

  • You must select at least one logged clip before you choose Bin > Batch Capture.

  • Do not select Extend Handles Beyond Master Clip Edges if there are timecode breaks right before or right after your clips.

  • To skip particular clips during capture, click the Trash button in the Capture tool. Then, in the Abort window, click the next clip you want to capture.

  • To end the entire batch capture process, click Abort or click the Trash button in the Capture tool.


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