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Importing live video from a DV camera
Use Media Import to import live video from an attached DV camera. You must connect the camera to the computer using a FireWire (1394) cable.
To import live video from a DV camera:
1 Ensure that your camera is in the correct mode to record video. For more information, check the documentation for your camera.
Tip: Choose the mode that allows you to record video. The mode name varies depending on the brand of the DV camera.
2 Connect the DV camera to your computer using a FireWire cable.
Note: If you have not already chosen an application to use with the camera, you are prompted to do so. Select Media Import and click OK.
If Media Import is open on your computer, continue with the next step.
If Media Import is not open, it opens and the Video Import Home page appears. Skip to step 5.
3 On the Media Import Home page, click Video.
4 On the Video Import Home page, in the Device drop-down list, select the DV camera.
5 Under Capture Settings, select the format in which to save the video recording. Choose from the following options:
n AVI DV Format: Imports full-size DV video with optimal quality. This file format creates large video files.
n MPEG-2 DV Format: Imports full-size video using MPEG-2 compression. The MPEG-2 compression format maintains a high video/audio quality while allowing smaller file sizes.
6 In the Save To box, select the folder in which you want to save the media files.
7 In the Rename Files text box, enter a name for the new video file.
Media Import uses the text you enter to name the new video file. If a file with this name already exists in the selected location, Media Import appends a five-digit number to the name (for example, “Imported Videos 00001”).
8 Click Capture Now and use the video camera to record the live video.
Media Import imports the video to your hard disk. While it imports the video, Media Import shows the amount of video imported, in hours, minutes and seconds, and indicates how much disk space is available on your hard disk, in GB.
9 When you are finished recording video, click Stop.
A thumbnail of the new video file appears in your Import Bin.
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