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Chapter 4. Capturing DV > Viewing Your Captured Video

Viewing Your Captured Video

If you're like me, the first thing you want to do after capturing is watch the video. Fortunately, Movie Maker makes this extremely easy.

To view your captured video

In the Contents pane, do one of the following:

  • Double-click the clip you want to play.

  • Click the clip and use playback controls in the Monitor to start playback (Figure 4.20).

    Figure 4.20. Quite a flair for the dramatic, eh? Click the clip you want to play and use controls in the Monitor to start and stop playback.

Movie Maker plays the selected clip.

Use the controls beneath the Monitor to stop, go back to the start, jump to the end, or move through the video frame by frame.

✓ Tip

  • If you captured your video using scene detection and the Contents pane contains multiple clips, the Monitor stops playing at the end of each clip. To jump to the next clip, press the right arrow key. To start and stop playback, press the spacebar—one of Movie Maker's most valuable keyboard shortcuts.

Capture Format Strategies

When it comes to capture format, Movie Maker provides two options: Windows Media Video (WMV) and AVI using the DV codec. Which should you use?

Well, if you're ultimately outputting the video back to your DV camera, the choice is obvious, you have to capture, edit, and output in DV.

Otherwise, the optimal format depends upon your ultimate goal for the video. If you plan to include the video in a DVD or some other high-quality output format, I would capture and edit in DV format.

In addition, if you intend to edit the video extensively, using lots of titles, transitions and special effects, I would also capture in DV format, even if you're ultimately outputting at much lower resolution. Capturing in DV introduces the best-quality footage into the editing process, which produces the best possible output.

On the other hand, if you are capturing for immediate playback with minimal editing, I would capture using the setting appropriate for the distribution medium you'll use. That is, if you're capturing for output to a Pocket PC with no editing, by all means use that preset.

I would almost never choose Best Quality for Playback on my Computer, the capture setting recommended by Microsoft. This captures video at 320x240 resolution, which will look postage-stamp-sized on most bigger monitors. If I were capturing for immediate playback on my computer and hard disk space wasn't an issue, I would use the High Quality Video preset (Figure 4.21), which, as shown in Figure 4.22, captures at 640x480 resolution, 30 frames per second.

Figure 4.21. I would use this preset for capturing video for immediate playback, but only if disk space wasn't a concern.

Figure 4.22. Note the resolution and bit rate information.

If disk space is an issue, try the Video for Local Playback preset (Figure 4.23), which captures at 14 MB per minute, storing about 70 minutes of video per gigabyte of disk space.

Figure 4.23. If disk space were at a premium, I would use this preset.

For other uses, scan through the presets and choose the most suitable option.

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