Capturing Footage Without Device Control

If you have a video source without device control (and therefore without timecode), you must capture video manually.

Capturing Footage That Doesn’t Have Timecode

If you capture a media file without timecode, it’s impossible to guarantee accurate recapture of the exact same clip with the same In and Out points. If you need to recapture these clips for any reason, such as to capture them at a higher resolution or to re-create an archived project that no longer has the associated media files, the recaptured footage won’t be exactly the same, and you won’t be able to automatically batch capture the clips.

More and more footage is acquired digitally (using DV formats, for example), and capturing analog, non-timecoded footage is becoming increasingly rare. One way to avoid capturing from a non-timecoded tape is to first transfer your footage to a timecoded format, such as DV, Betacam SP, or Digital Betacam, and then capture footage from the timecoded tape using device control. For more suggestions about transferring footage from a non-timecoded format to a timecoded format, see Capturing from an Audio Device Without Device Control. (The same concepts apply to both non-timecoded video and audio footage).

If you have to manually capture footage without timecode or device control, make sure you:

  • Capture media at the same resolution you plan to output: Since you can’t accurately recapture your clips with the same In and Out points (because you don’t have remote control of the VTR and timecode precision during capture), you should capture them at the resolution at which you plan to output your project. This way, you won’t have to manually recapture later.
  • Back up all of your non-timecoded media files: If you back up your clips’ media files, your source material is always available for reediting. Because video clips require a lot of disk space, you need to use a high-capacity backup format, such as streaming tape (for example, Data DAT, Mammoth, DLT, AIT, and VXA), CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM disc.
To capture media manually
  1. Press the Play button on your video device.

  2. Click the Capture Now button in the Log and Capture window. When you want to stop the capture, press Esc.

For more information, see Capturing Footage Without Device Control.

Using a Non-Controllable Device for Capture

When a device-controllable camcorder or deck is not available or device control is not turned on, the Log and Capture window is simplified. It no longer has transport controls, and only the Capture Now button is available.

Figure. Log and Capture window showing that it has been simplified.

The steps for capturing without device control are the same steps for capturing using Capture Now. The only important difference is that you need to choose the device control preset for a non-controllable device.

To choose a device control preset for a non-controllable device
  • Click the Capture Settings tab, then choose Non-Controllable Device from the Device Control pop-up menu.

To capture a clip without device control, see Capturing Entire Tapes.