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Capturing video

Before you can edit your video program, all source clips must be instantly accessible from a hard disk, not from videotape. You import the source clips from the source videotapes to your computer through a step called video capture. Consequently, you must have enough room on your hard disk to store all the clips you want to edit. To conserve space, capture only the clips you know you want to use.

Source clips exist in two main forms: Digital Media and Analog Media. Digital Media is already in a digital file format that a computer can read and process directly. Many newer camcorders digitize and save video in a digital format, right inside the camera. Audio can also be recorded digitally; sound tracks are often provided digitally as well— on CD-ROM, for example. Digital source files stored on DV tape or other digital media must be captured (transferred) to an accessible hard disk before they can be used in a Premiere Elements project. The simplest way to capture DV is to connect a DV device, such as a camcorder or deck, to a computer with an Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) 1394 port (also known as FireWire or i.Link). For more sophisticated capture tasks, a specialized DV capture card might be used. Premiere Elements supports a wide range of DV devices and capture cards, making it easy to capture DV source files.


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