Dialing in your capture settings correctly is critical for any video capture. In Pro8 we have made this straightforward as we can but there are still a few tricks to learn.
A critical part of capturing live video is what you do Before Capture.
Let's now look at the Capture Settings themselves.
The Screen Layout drop-down is pretty self-explanatory, it just changes the screen layout.
In Pro8 you set the filename before capture. This allows multiple captures without manually renaming each one and this is done using auto-increment or time-at-capture features.
You can see a small Edit icon on the far right of the Filename text box. If you click on this you can create your own quick-list of names or activities. Once you have created your list, just click on the items you want included in the file name.
However, the Video Settings window is the one you need to understand as that will determine whether you get any video at all or not.
Let’s systematically step through this Window.
- Unless you get a new camera from a different country you should never need to change the TV Standards.
- The size of your captured video and its frame rate greatly influences the load on your computer. If your computer is struggling and dropping frames go to a smaller video and a lower frame rate. You can use our Hardware selector to work out what your computer should be able to do.
- Camera 1 shows a list of capture device(s) that are in turn connected to your camera(s). If you are using a camera external to your computer you must use a capture device so select the appropriate one.
- The Input video source is usually the way your camera is connected to the capture device, for HD in Pro8 this will just about always be HDMI.
- The input video format is the size and frame rate coming from your camera. It is critical that this is set to the same as your camera’s output settings. The most common cause of users not getting any video image on screen is the software setting not matching what the camera is sending.
- Aspect override is used less nowadays, it was needed for old DV cameras using old USB capture technology.
Steps 3-6 are repeated for Camera 2 (if you have one connected).
Note: Any changes you make in this Window are implemented immediately so you will be able to see if you are choosing the correct options as the video feed(s) should appear on the screen behind.