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I don't think there is any software anywhere that can capture DV faster than realtime, probably because when any DV device is sped up, you don't get all the data.
Start blocking off those weeks on your calendar.
Hi Jim! Thanks for the response.
Really? That's crazy!
I don't quite understand why I couldn't do it faster; my Firewire800 should certainly be able to handle grabbing more data than I'm doing now.
I can capture HD at real-time and that's twice as much data. Why can't I capture half as much data at twice the speed? I'm on a wicked-fast machine.
HDV is actually the same data rate as DV, about 25 Mbps. HDV uses MPEG compression to make the larger picture fit within the same data rate.
Further, it's not about transfer speeds over Firewire. All DV devices are currently only Firewire 400 anyway, and even then the transfer rate of both DV and HDV is still 25 Mbps, much less than what the Firewire can handle.
That's just the way the specs are for these formats.
Crud. My head is exploding (with the thought of all the work I have ahead of me).
Anyone else want to weigh in on this?
Jim, it's not that I don't believe you -- I'd just like to clutch at straws. :)
The thought of this taking weeks is really upsetting...
you are capturing from a camera tape right? it's not the transfer medium that's the holdup, rather it's the camera itself. once it's on a hard drive, it's a file just like any other. till then, you have to play it back on a video playback device.
Yes, I'm capturing from a camera tape.
So it's the camera that's the problem, huh? I can't somehow get software that speeds up the playback of the camera while, at the same time, capturing the playback at the faster speed?
How do professionals get their footage from DV? If they're sitting around waiting for their footage to be transferred minute-for-minute, then I see a golden opportunity for someone to make a million bucks.
I don't think professionals wait till they have "weeks" of video before they capture it. Let's just take it one project at a time, shall we?
Well, yes... but even if they're capturing it in 2-3 hour segments over the course of a month, it's still the same amount of time wasted.
depends on what you call wasted. I don't capture everything on a video tape. I capture what I need. Besides, just how much hard drive space do you think you are going to need to capture all this video?
I capture everything, but I scene detect so I can easily throw out the garbage. It is faster to review clips on a PC after capturing than on the camera prior to capturing.
Just a reminder that an hour of video is somewhat under 13GB. Plan ahead with plenty of external drives.
By the way, many Pros hire people to capture for them.
To avoid capturing at all, use OnLocation. That way the tapes are merely for backup.
That's a great idea; thanks, Steven!
It's a great idea for the future. If your shoot allows it. A wedding or sporting event or family function may not. For the current line up of media, Christopher will have to capture in real time.
And yes, even professionals do it this way. That's why we like the idea of solid state storage, such as the Panasonic P2 system.
Question: won't Scenalyzer allow capture (RT, of course), while other programs are running, i.e. CS3? I have it, but always just Capture in Premiere.