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Capturing stopped

Sep 19, 2012 9:52 AM

I have PP CS 6.  I am capturing a "BETAMAX" tape.  Everything was being captured untill about 17 minutes into the tape.  It just stopped capturing.  I disconnected from the computer and attached it to a monitor.  It played flawlessly.  What caused the stopping of capturing?  I have Windows 7 Professional. 24GB RAM 64 bit

 
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    Sep 19, 2012 10:14 AM   in reply to Pekeris

    Since PPro will only capture via Firewire, what device are you using to digitize your tape?

     

    What many people use is a model 55 or 110 at http://www.grassvalley.com/products/converters

     
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    Sep 19, 2012 10:26 AM   in reply to Pekeris

    With older tapes, there can be mechanical problems, from the magnetic coating deteriorating, or falling off, to "hub-bump," where indentations can form in the tape, from being stored partially rewound.

     

    When working with older tapes, I Play them through completely once, and then Play them in reverse, rather than use the faster Rewind. This does contribute to a tiny bit of head wear, as the head is in contact with the tape, but the slower reverse speed does not stress the tape's backing, as much as Rewind, or FFW can. If there is still a problem with the tape, you might leave it in that reverse Play (now completely rewound) state for a few days, before you go to Capture.

     

    If the problem still exists, then I would jog the tape a bit in the deck, to get past that, and start Capture from beyond that point.

     

    Good luck,

     

    Hunt

     
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    Sep 19, 2012 12:00 PM   in reply to Pekeris

    Just want to make sure you're capturing to a drive formatted as NTFS here, and not FAT32.

     
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    Sep 19, 2012 1:12 PM   in reply to Pekeris

    PPro is rather "sensitive" when it comes to capturing, as Hunt said

     

    Due to that, many people use one of the programs below, for SD or HDV, instead of PPro

     

    I have NOT used either, but many say to try these for SD capture http://windv.mourek.cz/ or http://www.exsate.com/products/dvcapture/

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    I have NOT used it, but many say to try this for HDV capture http://strony.aster.pl/paviko/hdvsplit.htm

    -Regular interrupt due to card http://forums.adobe.com/thread/978014

     
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    Sep 20, 2012 7:39 AM   in reply to Pekeris

    You are most welcome, and glad that it worked for you too.

     

    As older tapes are often rather fragile, I hesitate to do any FFW/REW on them, as they can be damaged. I do end up with the play heads in contact with the tape, but have not (yet) damaged one of those old tapes.

     

    If that worked, you might want to look over this article: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1058744?tstart=0

     

    Good luck, and happy Capturing,

     

    Hunt

     
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