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Old September 23rd, 2006, 09:03 PM   #1
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What's the best capture software?

Hello,

I am faced with capturing footage from over 40 miniDVs for the latest movie I shot. Instead of logging every single clip and running the tape back and forth to set time code for an EDL, can anybody recommend some quality software that will self log a tape while ingest?

What I mean is, as the tape is capturing to the hard drive and the take ends, the computer will start a new clip. This is a feature I used on some product a ways back and I can't remember what it was.

I think the software could see when the camera turned on and off and used this information. I seem to remember it beinf very reliable. I'm not worried about the giant space usage as I have a Terrabyte free.

Any advice would be much appreciated. I have both a PC with FCP 5.1 and a PC with Adobe Production Studio Premium. I can ingest on either but would prefer the mac as I will edit in FCP.


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Old September 23rd, 2006, 09:36 PM   #2
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Capture the whole tape using something like "capture now". After its captured, you can use the "DV scene start/stop detection" feature, which will dump a marker wherever there is a change in date/time (this needs to have been set on the camera). From there, make subclips out of that master file.

2- Will you need to re-capture off the tape?

3- Timecode breaks on the tape may sometimes screw things up.
FCP will also sometimes screw up when it sees TC breaks that aren't there... hopefully you won't run into this.
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Old September 23rd, 2006, 10:01 PM   #3
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After its captured, you can use the "DV scene start/stop detection" feature,
Thanks. I will check it out!
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