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Capturing on the Fly

Capturing on the fly is the method you need to use when capturing from a noncontrollable deck. Since you cannot read timecode with a noncontrollable deck, you cannot set In or Out points. Instead, you need to begin and end your capture by clicking the Record button.

Capturing on the fly is not reserved for noncontrollable decks, however. In fact, it is also a fast way to capture from a controllable deck, reading proper timecode. But there's one word of caution: it's hard to choose the exact In and Out frame of your captured clip by clicking the Record button. If you want to capture each clip to exact In and Out points, use the log and capture or clip-by-clip capture method, using Mark In and Mark Out to set your In and Out timecode.

To capture on the fly:

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

2.
At the top of the Capture tool, select the video and/or audio tracks you want to capture. If you are working with a noncontrollable deck, deselect the TC (timecode) button and click the Toggle Source button so that a red line appears through the Deck icon (Figure 4.28).

Figure 4.28. When you capture on the fly using a noncontrollable deck, you need to deselect the TC button and click the Toggle Source button to disable the deck controls.


3.
If you haven't already done so, insert a source tape into your deck or camera. Choose the name of the tape from the Source Tape dialog box that appears.

4.
Play the tape to the approximate place you want to start capturing and play forward.

5.
Click the Capture button.

The box next to the Capture button begins to flash red as Xpress Pro begins to capture your clip (Figure 4.29).

Figure 4.29. Capturing on the fly is the method to use when capturing from a noncontrollable device, such as a consumer VCR or DVD player.


6.
At any point, you can type a name for the clip in the Name/Comment area of the Capture tool.

7.
To stop capturing, do one of the following:

  • Click the Capture button on the upper left of the Capture tool.

  • Press the Esc key.

Xpress Pro places your captured clip in the logging bin. If you didn't name it already, you can name it now.

✓ Tips

  • Capturing on the fly is the capture method to use when you want to capture large sections of your footage and then break that footage up into individually named subclips after capture.

  • To abort your capture, click the Trash button in the Capture tool.

  • When capturing on the fly, make sure that there are no timecode numbers at the lower right of the Capture tool. In other words, make sure you delete any previous In and Out marks; otherwise, Xpress Pro may cue the tape to those marks.

  • Remember: when you capture with a noncontrollable deck, you must deselect the TC (timecode) button at the top of the Capture tool.


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