C. CAPTURING AND
your hard disk for video capture
Because video files can be rather large,
consider using your disk defragmenter before beginning a project to
maximize file storage space. Go
to Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk
Defragmenter. Select the
drive to defragment, and then click on the Defragment button.
It is recommended that you defrag before each video capture.
If you do this regularly, the process should not take as
digital video, part 1
Before capturing video, you must first
connect the source hardware (VCR, camcorder, etc.) to your
computer. In the movie
tasks pane, select Capture from Video Device.
You will be prompted to enter a file name for your captured
video, and to choose a storage location.
After clicking on Next, you will be prompted for a video capture
setting. These choices
are explained in the window, and are dependent upon the intended
use of the video. The
setting you choose makes a significant impact on file size.
After clicking the Next button again, you will be prompted for a
capture method. Again,
these are self-explanatory.
Experiment with the above.
digital video, part 2
Cue the tape in the VCR or camcorder to the
desired capture point. Follow the various steps when
prompted. In the Video Capture window, you have three
options: (1) Create clips when wizard finishes, (2) Mute
speakers, (3) Capture time limit. The last option will stop
the capture when your specified time has been completed.
Next, click Start Capture. Clip Stop Capture when the
desired capture has been completed. Finally, click on
As desired, advance the tape and repeat the
process to capture additional clips.
existing pictures and audio files
To import existing files of any type (video,
still photos, audio), the files must already exist on your hard
drive. You will save time in the long run if your folders
are well organized. Ideally, you should have a separate
folder for videos, still photos, and audio.
To import, click on the Tasks icon, then
select what you desire to import. Click on the file you wish
to import. Click on the Import button. The file will
be imported to the Collection you specified. If the file
mistakenly goes to the wrong location, you can always drag it to
the correct location.
existing video files
Once again, video shot from any device must
first be on your hard drive before Movie Maker can access
it. Click on the Tasks icon and select Import video.
Click on the video file you wish to import and click on
Import. **One option exists at the bottom of the Import File
window: Create clips for video files. Check
this box if you desire to have Movie Maker split the video into
*Note: Movie Maker will automatically
make a new clip if it detects a significant scene change. If
there are no significant scene changes, the video will not be
split into clips even if the box is checked. We will later
learn how to create clips manually.
Deselect Tasks so that the Collections
content fills the upper left pane. Click to highlight the
particular file about which you desire to see detailed
information. Then, click on the Views icon.
You have the option of seeing Collection Thumbnails, Details, or
you may choose Arrange Icons By. The last option lets you
arrange icons according to the following: Name, Duration,
Start Time, End Time, Dimensions, Date Taken.
If you choose Details, you can click on
column headings to reorder the files. You can also resize
the columns by positioning the cursor over the bar at the top.
8. Taking a
still from a video clip
The button with green ends
is the play head. You can drag it to any point in the
The Play button is the
triangle within a circle to the far left.
The Stop button is the
square within a circle.
The third round button is
the Back button. It takes you all the way to the
The fourth round button
takes you to the previous frame.
The fifth round button
advances to the next frame.
The sixth round button is
the Forward button, which takes you all the way to the end.
On the far right, the first
round button splits the clip into two clips at the current
The last button is the Take
Picture, or Camera, button.
Clips can be previewed in the
Preview Monitor. Click on a video. Click the Play
button. Click Play again to pause, etc. Experiment with
the other buttons.
the preview monitor, drag the play head to the desired
frame. Click on the Camera icon. The Save Picture As
window will open. Select a file name and location for saving
the still. Stills are saved as .jpegs.