Connect your camera through a FireWire connection. You can then use PRE9 to control and capture directly. If your camera doesn't have FireWire then using an Analog --> Digital bridge is your best option.
Here are links to the FAQ that go further into these options:
And from Tips & Tricks:
The solution I use is Camera --> Canopus ADVC-300 --> WinDV. This creates the DV-AVI Type 2 video file that can be directly used in PRE with no further conversions needed.
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See if there is an input named IEEE 1394, at the back side of your computer, it is for Firewire, you can connect directly to it.
The camera you are talking about is a very old one, you can convert your old analog videos to digital using http://www.grassvalley.com/products/advc300
Unfortunately, Kent will NOT be able to capture this video over a FireWire connection because it is Hi-8 -- NOT Digital8.
Hi-8 is an analog format.
If you can get your hands on a Digital8 camcorder, you will be able to capture this video over FireWire into a computer.
If not, however, you'll need to invest in a good DV bridge, like the Canopus AVDC. (Do NOT buy a cheap digitizer like the Dazzle, Plextor or use a capture card to capture your video or you'll have problems later. Use only a DV bridge, as we discuss in the FAQs to the right of this forum.)
Thank you VERY much. There is an input labeled 1394 on the back of my computer. What is the benefit of the AVDC300 vs the ADVC110 or ADVC55? The 300 is quite a bit more expensive (~$400). I'm seeing the 110 around $165.
Some of the more expensive models include time base correction, which can improve the quality of your capture video.
However, if you're just capturing from VHS or Hi-8, the lower end models should give you excellent results!
As has been pointed out above, the ADVC 300 will process the signal in the analog to digital conversion, and this can be a big timesaver, as it will be helpful to correct density/gamma, plus color. Now, those corrections can be done in PrE, with Effects, but if one has a lot of analog to digital to capture, the time to make those corrections in the NLE, can offset the difference in price. That was the reason that I chose the 300, over the 110. When I did, time was money.