How to Capture Footage from a DV or Mini-DV
Welcome to the Fine Arts Library. This handout will guide you through capturing footage from a DV or mini-DV using the Fine Arts Library's equipment.
Items Necessary to Use This Station
- Mini-DV, or DV, containing the footage
- Removable media to take your file away (flash drive, DVD, hard drive)
- Time: your footage captures in real time. If you have an hour of footage an hour is required to capture it
Setting Up the Equipment
Log in to the video capture station with your UTEID and password.
- Station 1 can capture from a VHS, DV, or mini-DV
- Station 2 can capture from a DV, HD-DV, mini-DV, or HD-mini-DV
Turn on the Panasonic tape deck and set the Panasonic input line to "DV." Ensure that your DV tape is rewound or in the proper place then put it in the Panasonic tape deck.
Capturing Your Footage
After inserting your tape, open iMovie. Close the iMovie welcome screen if it opens.
In iMovie, click "FILE" and select "IMPORT FROM CAMERA." The camera should be set on "DV."
In iMovie, click "IMPORT." Save to "PROJECTS" space or your removable media. The desktop is cleared after you log out and the project will be lost if you save it to the desktop.
Select "CREATE A NEW EVENT" and enter the name of your choice. Click "IMPORT," then push play on the Panasonic. Make sure to click import in iMovie before pressing play on the Panasonic. You are now capturing video and audio from your DV or mini-DV in real time.
When all of the footage is captured, press stop on the Panasonic.
Press "STOP" button in iMovie after you have stopped the tape. Make sure to eject your tape from the Panasonic after the footage is captured.
Now the footage is available in iMovie to edit.
Select the captured footage that you want to export and drag it into the "NEW PROJECT SPACE."
When you are ready to export your project, click "SHARE." Select "EXPORT MOVIE." Name your project, and save it to "PROJECTS" space or the location of your choice.
To burn the footage to a DVD, hold control down and click on the file. Select "BURN TO DISC." Insert your DVD into the computer, then click "BURN."