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Capturing DV Footage

Using the widely accepted DV format, the capture process couldn’t get much easier. If your computer is equipped with the right port—known variously as FireWire, iLink, or IEEE 1394—you can easily transfer footage from a DV camera or deck to your hard disk in much the same way you’d copy files from one disk to another. A single cable delivers the video, audio, and timecode information (Figure 3.1). Assuming your computer is fast enough to play back DV—and any relatively recent system is—you’re in business. (See the sidebar “Why DV?”)

Figure 3.1. DV footage—including video, audio, and timecode—can be transferred over a single IEEE 1394 connection.



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