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What is the DV pass through method?
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When you use DV pass-through, video from a videotape is played back from an analog video camcorder (such as Hi8) or VCR that's connected to a DV camcorder, which in turn is connected to your computer by using an IEEE 1394 connection (for example, Apple FireWire or Sony i.Link). In this configuration, the DV camera converts the video from analog to digital format, and then transfers the digital video to your computer.

You can then capture the video that's passed through the DV camera to your computer by using software such as Windows Movie Maker or Adobe Premiere.

To use DV pass-through to transfer an analog videotape to your computer, you will need the following:

? An analog video camera or VCR
? A DV camera that supports DV pass-through in playback mode (often labeled VCR/VTR mode on a DV camera)
? An IEEE 1394 port on your computer
? A cable that has stereo RCA connectors, a composite video connector, and a mini-jack connector. 
? Windows Movie Maker (or any other editing software product).

The following connections are made in the illustration above:

If you have the choice between using a composite connection or S-video connection to use DV pass-through, use an S-video connection. The quality of the captured video using an S-video connection is higher.

  • The DV camera is connected from the DV in-out interface to an IEEE 1394 port on the computer by using an IEEE 1394 cable.
  • The analog video camera or VCR is connected to the DV camera through a composite connection by using an RCA cable that has three connectors.
  • The red and white RCA connectors contain the audio, and the yellow connector contains the video. These connectors plug into the video camera or VCR.
  • The other end of the RCA cable has a single mini-jack connector that plugs into the DV camera.

After you've connected the appropriate video sources to your computer, you can capture the video in Windows Movie Maker by using the Video Capture Wizard.

To capture video by using DV pass-through in Windows Movie Maker

1.  Ensure that your analog video camera or VCR is connected to your DV camera properly and that the DV camera is connected to your computer by using an IEEE 1394 connection.
2.  If there is a tape in the DV camera, eject and remove the tape from the DV camera.
3.  Set the DV camera to play recorded video (often labeled VTR or VCR on a DV camera).
4.  In Windows Movie Maker, do one of the following:

On the File menu, click Capture Video.
In the Movie Tasks pane, under Capture Video, click Capture from video device. 
5. On the Video Capture Device page, in Available devices, click the appropriate DV camera.
6. In the Enter a file name for your captured video box, enter a file name for your captured video file. Then, in the Choose a place to save your captured video box, select the location where you want your video to be saved or click Browse to select a location.
7. On the Video Setting page, select the video setting you want to use for capturing video and audio.
8. On the Capture Method page, click Capture parts of the tape manually.
9.  On the analog video camera or VCR, press Play to begin playing the tape.
10. In the Video Capture Wizard, click Start Capture to begin capturing video. 
11. When the analog videotape reaches the point at which you want to stop capturing, click Stop Capture.
12. On the analog video camera or VCR, press Stop.
13. Repeat steps 10 through 12 for each part of the analog videotape you want to capture.
14. When you have finished capturing the video, click Finish to close the Video Capture Wizard.

The captured content is imported into a new collection with the same name as the specified video file.

Last update: 09:39 AM Saturday, March 3, 2007


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