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How do I capture footage from a DVD or VHS in the MCAD library?

These instructions are for the capture station equipped with an iMac, miniDV deck, and VHS/DVD combo deck in the Library's film section.

*Please use headphones while capturing and exporting films in the library. Plug them into the back of the iMac.

  1. Make sure that the DVD/VHS combo deck, silver miniDV deck, and computer are powered ON.
  2. Set the miniDV deck's INPUT switch to S-VIDEO for DVD, or INPUT for VHS.
  3. If capturing to your FireWire drive, plug it into the second FireWire port on the back of the computer.
  4. Log into the iMac and launch Adobe Premiere Pro.
  5. Select New Project From the first window.
  6. Select the correct project settings in the New Project window:
    • Video Display Format: Time Code
    • Audio Display Format: Audio Samples
    • Capture Format: DV
  7. At the Location Pull down menu select Browse
    • Choose a folder on your FireWire drive or Temp_Storage drive to save your captured movies to. Do not capture to the Desktop or any other area on your Home Directory!
    • Click Choose.
  8. Click Scratch Disks at the top of the new project window.
    • Make sure all of the scratch disk drop down menus say: Same As Project
    • Click OK
  9. In the New Sequence window double click DV-NTSC
    • Select Standard 48Khz
    • At the bottom of the screen name your sequence.
    • Click OK
  10. Select File>Capture
  11. When a new tape or DVD is inserted you will be prompted to name the tape.
    • Click OK
  12. Name your clip in the Clip Data window on the right
  13. Use the controls on the DVD/VHS combo deck to play, rewind, or fast-forward. In the Capture window you should now see a preview of the DVD or VHS playing.
  14. Find a spot a few seconds before you want to begin capturing. Press Play on the DVD/VHS combo deck.
  15. Click the Capture button in Adobe Premiere Pro.
  16. Premiere will begin capturing footage. To stop capturing, press the Stop button in the window.
  17. The footage file gets saved to the folder you set earlier as your capture scratch destination.
  18. Please power off the miniDV deck, DVD/VHS combo deck, and computer when complete.
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