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Old January 13th, 2020, 11:29 AM   #1
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Capture tool for DVCAM?

Does anyone know of a tool like WinDV that captures DVCAM? WinDV seems to work for the picture, but I can't seem to get the audio to work.
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Old January 13th, 2020, 12:28 PM   #2
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Try this one. It was excellent in its day. ScenalyzerLive Page
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Old January 13th, 2020, 02:39 PM   #3
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PC running Win 10, I'll check it out. Thanks.
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Old January 13th, 2020, 08:06 PM   #4
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I think Catalyst Browse may do that for you. https://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/catalystbrowse
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Old January 14th, 2020, 07:53 AM   #5
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Does anyone know of a tool like WinDV that captures DVCAM? WinDV seems to work for the picture, but I can't seem to get the audio to work.
I'm currently using WinDV to capture vanilla consumer DV. It's a bit clunky, but as DVCam is virtually the same stream as DV, the capture programme treats then both the same. DVCam locks the audio stream to the frame rate of the video but there aren't any other relevant differences.
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Old January 14th, 2020, 10:04 PM   #6
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Try this one. It was excellent in its day. ScenalyzerLive Page
What hardware are you using?
+1 for Scenalyzer. Just finished capturing 30 hours of DVCam for a client. Used the scene detection method and it worked like a charm. Years since I've used it and had forgotten just how good it was for DV/DVCam capture. Works well in WIN 10.

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Old January 15th, 2020, 01:28 AM   #7
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Re: Capture tool for DVCAM?

Otherwise, HDVsplit might be what you are looking for. Ignore the 'beta' label and just download and use.

See: https://www.videohelp.com/software/HDVSplit

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Old January 15th, 2020, 04:48 PM   #8
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Otherwise, HDVsplit might be what you are looking for. Ignore the 'beta' label and just download and use.

See: https://www.videohelp.com/software/HDVSplit

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Isn't HDV split only for HDV, i.e. MPEG2 video. DV and DVCam is 'all-intra' video.
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Old January 16th, 2020, 09:44 AM   #9
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Re: Capture tool for DVCAM?

Just wanted to follow up and say that Scenalyzer was exactly what I needed for quickly backing up my old DVCAM without having to go through my NLE. Pretty sure I'm losing TC info, but not a big deal, since the odds of ever having to use this footage is so rare.

I do also have HDVSplit and it's great for HDV. I wish I had known about it years ago when I suffered through the agony of capturing HDV through Avid's capture tool . When I tried it for DV it wouldn't work, so I assume it can't do DVCAM either. That's what led me to WinDV originally.

(Btw, I do also have Catalyst, which is what I use now for all my disc based Sony media. I don't think it does tapes.)
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Old January 16th, 2020, 11:33 AM   #10
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Re: Capture tool for DVCAM?

Yes tried Catalyst and although DV etc is in the supported formats there seems no way of using a tape capture. For many years I have used Vegas as this will capture everything off tape just fine with ability to even capture between timecode etc if you do not want the whole tape or it will do that too. I have a GV-H700/1 little deck that will play most of the formats and is connected to my PC and controlled by Vegas.
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Isn't HDV split only for HDV, i.e. MPEG2 video. DV and DVCam is 'all-intra' video.
Hi Steve,

I was thinking that HDVsplt would essentially be about grubbing data over firewire from tape deck source and to that effect would be codec agnostic. It's just calling for and saving data to a file.

That said, Adam has tried it and says it doesn't work, so I'll defer to that. It's been a very long time since I have messed with a tape that was only DV.

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Old January 16th, 2020, 11:09 PM   #12
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Correct. HDV Split only works on HDV files not DV for the reasons mentioned.

The other good thing with Scenalyzer is that you can split files and rename segments while you are capturing if you like. You can also mark selections for deletion if required. You can also play back and view files with the software. When your capture is finished any files marked for deletion and re-naming for example will be deleted and re-named when you hit the OK button.

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