[Webinar] Streamline your web hosting managementRegister Today


Need to capture video from mini-dv to premiere pro cs5.  What is the best way to accomplish this?

Posted on 2011-03-18
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I have a client that wants me to capture video shot on a canon vixia hdv30.  This is going to be an ongoing project in which he gives me the tapes and I capture and return on a hdd.  i only need to capture the footage in the highest quality available.  Question is do I need to pick up a generic camcorder that can play tapes or is there anyother option?  Anyone familiar with a camcorder less option such as an old vcr syle setup?
Question by:robelvidge
  • 2
LVL 70

Expert Comment

ID: 35171260
depending on your budget and which windows do you have?
Windows 7 or MAC?
Software for editing capturing may be expensive
If your PC supports the IEEE1394 cable. Firewire better than USB 2
 then you can hook the camera directly to the PC
It is probably better to convert them after you transfer for easier editing.

One thought I have never used the vcr to record Hdef tape using the enclosure hmm hidefinition VCR do they support that??

VCR forget that you could consider a DVD hard drive recorder and hook the cam corder into the USB2 and record it to rewritable dvd.Much more relaible and good quality easy to transfer if wanted to the PC or just give the DVD-r

LG Pioneer are good brands
for your consideration

Please check this out covers more of the details
Best Editing software and Converter for Canon Vixia HV30 HDV/DV:

Hope it assists let me know if you need more
Regards Merete

Author Comment

ID: 35171957
I already have the software componet but I just need to actually capture the tapes.  a dvd option is not feasible due to the raw footage being around 12-20 gb per tape.  I guess a better question would be how do I capture tapes into premiere pro on windows 7 without a camcorder to hook up to my pc?  what other hardware is available for this purpose?

this is what I was kinda referring.

LVL 70

Accepted Solution

Merete earned 1000 total points
ID: 35173775
 Hi robelvidge, hmm let me think, there is many methods to this and it depends on your time and budget.. I realize the size is a problem but capturing to a DVD hard drive reduces that size but keeps a good quality. You can connect the DVD hard Drive to the PC as it has inbuilt media player.
 ok with that out..
I'll post more ideas of this

You ask which is the best way,  using the firewire is the best way to use the PC with this software but since you have only cassettes..
refs to>>
how do I capture tapes into premiere pro on windows 7 without a camcorder to hook up to my pc<< well you can't ie using the mini tapes.
You need to go the other way then and buy the VHSC adapter
here's an explaination

This a great idea>>Sony HDV Video WALKMAN but seems expensive.

or you could use this a liuttle cheaper.
 ION VHS to PC Converter Player
 it acts as a VCR,
with the ION VHS to PC Converter Player

Using what you have and with keeping in mind the steps from above to connect the VHSC adapter
to the PC and  premiere pro cs5,
Set capture format, preferences, and tracks

And on a final note you mention VCR,
Record the tape to a VCR and capture the VCR to PC using a video capture card, this an outdate method and  time consuming but often times it is the simplest method when nothing else will do.
lots of guides especially on youtube.

Tools and software required  just as a guide only
VHSC adapter
TV RCA cable and audio cable red and white to connect VCR to TV

Tv card for the PVR ( personal video Recorder)  to capture off the TV
 I dont know how to capture from TV using premiere pro cs5. But I'll find some guides for you.

TV Card like this
S-video cable with audio cable to connect the TV AVS 1 to the PC

Software to capture other than Adobe.
Pinnacle Dazzel

Well that's a base hope it assists you.
Let me know what else you need to know.
Regards Merete

Featured Post

Free Tool: Subnet Calculator

The subnet calculator helps you design networks by taking an IP address and network mask and returning information such as network, broadcast address, and host range.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

The Nikon Coolpix L18 is an intuitive 8-megapixel point and shoot camera with a 3x optical zoom.  Nikon has done a good job of incorporating several features such as image stabilization, on camera red eye fixing, and a large three-inch display on th…
Article by: Geoff
The Canon 7D helps to bridge the gap between Canon’s professional cameras and their prosumer line, fitting nicely between the 50D and the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. This camera works well for an experienced amateur or is a great second camera for a pro. …
This video teaches viewers how to process images for a time-lapse video. Programs required: Adobe Lightroom, Adobe After Effects, Video Editing Program. In Adobe Lightroom: Import sequence image files into Adobe Lightroom: Develop settings of an I…
I designed this idea while studying technology in the classroom.  This is a semester long project.  Students are asked to take photographs on a specific topic which they find meaningful, it can be a place or situation such as travel or homelessness.…
Suggested Courses

591 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question