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Batch capture by setting in and out points. Maybe not as automatic as you want though.
I dont really get why you are doing this if the scenes are long.
Wont it split your scenes randomly? Batch capture seems a far better option.
Whats the difference in total file sizes going to be anyway?
> Whats the difference in total file sizes going to be anyway?
Exactly. The file size in total will be the same just spread over a greater number of files.
Scene detect seems like it could still work here...
Use Scenalyzer instead of Premiere for capture if you have DV sources. All sorts of additional and very useful options then become available, including capturing in a series of smaller files that can be seamlessly butted together on the timeline.
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"Whats the difference in total file sizes going to be anyway?"
Maybe I have understood something wrong then... I thought that scene detection splits the captured video by looking at where the scene stops -in other words when the cameraman has stopped recording and then started a new one. Because if it works like this, then a long take/scene would produce a long (and large) file, while a short take would produce a short file. Please correct me if I have understood this wrong!
Your cameraman shot a 60 minute tape. I'm assuming you want to capture all material. It makes no difference whether that was one single shot or hundreds of sort shots, it still amounts to 60 minutes. The only difference is that scene detection will split the shots into smaller files, but at the end the same amount of disk space is required.
I understand this very well. However big files make problems in windows. Your hard drive will work slower and all sorts of defragging issues will emerge. I have experienced this many times. Another benefit of having small files is that if data gets corrupted on a small file, you only loose that part of the footage. If it is a big file, you will loose much more. Windows simply doesn't like big file sizes.
I have many 10G or bigger files and I have no problem working with them. Windows has no issues. I defrag before I capture so defragmentation is not an issue.
Scene Detect is by far the best option for you. The two minute clips idea is not a good one IMHO.
If your HDD is NTFS you should have no problems.
I'm sure we all have worked with large amounts of media at some point in time.
I am currently working (on a very very very long and boring) stock market seminar. I have 17 DVCAM tapes captured at around 30GB each and things are okay.
I did not use Scene Detect because one camera has the master audio input and it is easier to sync the other cameras up this way.
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