I would just use Premiere to capture , then delete the projects once done.
Of course! This is what Onlocation (formerly DVRack) was designed to do. Connect the camera, launch OnLo, turn on the camera and it should just magically appear in OnLo. In the monitor window you should see the device listed on the tab title or in its pulldown if you have multiple devices.
The problem is, I can do all that if I want to record with the camera via OnLocation. But I already have my recordings on DV tape so I thought I could capture the DV video using OnLocation as opposed to PrePro.
I do not think you can play out via the F/W so that would make it impossible to get a signal for OL to record.
Why do you need to do this?
As regards your workflow:
You capture all the files from your DV tape into a PPRo project.
That does not mean that you can not use them in any (many) other projects.
The files are sitting on your Hard drive. The project only uses the path to those files. Any other project you create can use those files as well.
Hope that is clear for you.
As far as I know, OL does not capture from pre-acquired material. It is designed to record live content - which is what you have already discovered.
Use Premiere Pro - that's what it's there for.
As far as I know, OL does not capture from pre-acquired material.
OL will capture pre-recorded material as long as the camera has a firewire-out port and is set to VTR mode instead of camera mode.
I realised once I'd said it that, provided a picture's being sent down the firewire, OL will record it. Doh!