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Video Capture

Before You Get Started

Copyright: When planning a digital capture project, begin by requesting permissions for materials not in the public domain. If there are digital photographs, video, or sounds for which permission to copy cannot be obtained, the Freedman Center will not support the capture of the materials.


Please Note:

a) Capturing Video is a 3 step Process

b) Capturing Video is a real time Process: If your video is one hour long, it will take one hour to capture your video, and an additional 20-30 minutes to process it. There is no way to speed this process up. It is a good idea to bring along something to read, or something else to do while waiting at your station.

c) Close all other programs open on the machine. Having other programs open may interfere with the capture software.


  • Before beginning your project, ask a Freedman Center staff member if there is enough space on the hard drive to capture all of your video.
  • Create a folder in the D: Drive Storage folder and label it with your network ID. This is where you will save all of your files.

  • Headphones can be checked out from the Main Service Center on the 1st floor of the library. You will be given headphones that have a 3.5mm adapter on them. Use these headphones and the adapter in the audio box as shown in the next section. If you only need the adapter, that can be checked out from the Main Service Center as well.

Getting Started

  • Pictured below are the headphones that can be checked out from the Main Service Center along with the 3.5 mm adapter. The adapter and headphones can be plugged into the Audio Box next to the station, as pictured below.​
    • NOTE: You are now able to use the headphones without the adapter at the viewing stations.
  • Insert the adapter and headphones into the audio jack port that is next to the monitor. The the slider indicated in the red box controls the volume of the corresponding audio port. In this case, it one indicated in the red box corresponds to the two audio ports indicated by red arrows.

  • Turn on the Samsung VCR Player in the stack, located against the wall, just around the divider.
  • Load your DV into the Panasonic DV machine.
  • On the VCR player, Press the Through button and be sure that the channel is set to L1 by using the up and down buttons on the left side of the machine.

  • Power on the Video Source SIMA Router and press the button under the label for the Samsung VHS machine.
  • Turn on the Source Box by pressing the power button (Left-most button)

  • Select the correct input by pressing the button located next to the 'x'

Setting Up Video Capture

  • Open the AV folder, located on the desktop and select the program Video Capture.

  • To set the save folder, click on the icon that looks like a folder with binoculars.
  • Click the Open Folder button to find the folder you created earlier. The video you are about to capture will automatically save into this folder.

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Capturing Your Video

  • Click the Play button in the DV Source window under the capture window to activate the back end equipment to begin your capture session. This must be done in order to see your video on the screen.

  • By rewinding or fast forwarding on the DV Remote, find the point at which you wish to begin recording in your video.
    • You must use the remote to operate fast forward, reverse, play, and stop. The machine does not recognize using the buttons on the machine.

  • Rewind the video another 10 seconds to provide a buffer.
    • This extra bit can be easily deleted later during the video editing process.
    • If the video you wish to record is at the very beginning of the tape, allow a few extra seconds of blank recording in the next step.
  • Note: Close any other programs you might have open besides Video Capture so that they don’t interfere with your video capturing. Do not full screen the Video Capture program.
  • Press the Capture button (a red frame will appear to show that it is being captured). Press the play button on the remote.
    • At this point, if your video starts at the beginning of the tape, wait 10 seconds after you press the record button before you play your tape.

  • What you see and hear is what you get! Verify that the video appears how you want it to and that the audio works. Ask a Freedman Center staff member for assistance if something needs to be corrected.
  • Once you have recorded all of the desired video, wait another 10 seconds and then press the Stop Capture button to end the capturing process. Don't forget to hit the Stop button on the DV Remote as well. Your video is automatically saved to your folder in the D: Drive Storage.

  • You can eject the DV by pressing the eject button on the DV Machine.
    • Please remember to rewind your DV before you eject it.

  • At this point all of your video has been captured. The file size is very large, which is good for editing but not for distributing. You will have to transcode (compress) the file in another step.
  • For editing and transcoding, see the Editing/Transcoding guide.