Capturing your video

on Sunday, June 29, 2008

Once all your settings are, uh, set, you’re ready to start capturing. (Finally!) I recommend that you rewind the tape in your VCR or camcorder to at least 15 seconds before the point at which you want to begin capturing. Then follow these steps:
  1. Click the Start Capture button at the bottom of the Studio capture window. The Capture Video dialog box appears.
  2. Enter a descriptive name for the capture.
  3. If you want to automatically stop capturing after a certain period of time, enter the maximum number of minutes and seconds for the capture.
  4. Press Play on the VCR or camcorder.
  5. Click Start Capture within the Capture Video dialog box. The capture process begins, and you’ll notice that the green Start Capture button changes to the red Stop Capture button. As Studio captures your video, keep an eye on the Frames Dropped field under the preview window. If any frames are dropped, try to determine the cause and then recapture the video. Common causes of dropped frames include programs running in the background, power saver modes, or a hard disk that hasn’t been defragmented recently.
  6. Click Stop Capture when you’re done capturing.
Studio reviews the video that has been captured and improves scene detection if possible. When the process is done, the captured clips appear in Studio’s clip album.