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Chapter 3. Capturing and Adding Footage

Chapter 3. Capturing and Adding Footage

Before you can begin editing, you need to get the video from a tape to your hard drive—a process known as video capture. In Premiere Elements, all the controls you’ll need for capture are integrated into an easy-to-use Capture window. The Capture window lets you control a DV camera or deck, see and hear the video, and naturally, transfer the parts you want to your computer for editing in Premiere Elements.

But you don’t have to shoot your own video footage to create a program in Premiere Elements. As explained in Chapter 2, “Starting a Project,” you can import a wide range of digitally stored content: movie files in various formats, audio files, still images, and image sequences. Maybe you’ve already started using the files in Premiere Elements’ tutorial. In addition, Premiere Elements generates commonly used footage items: black video, color fields, bars and tone, and even a countdown. You can even launch Photoshop Elements from within Premiere Elements. This way, you can create or retouch still images for your video project using a program dedicated to the job. You can also make titles, but this book covers that topic in Chapter 9, “Creating Titles.”


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