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Student Technology Centers

Capture Video

Using Adobe Premiere

These steps will guide you from capturing through saving a movie file using Adobe Premiere. Movie files can be used within a PowerPoint presentation, placed on a web page, or combined with several other clips to make a customized movie.

Attention: The computers in the lab are rebuilt regularly; any files saved to the computer will be erased.  Please save your files to your space within Oncourse or other removable media.

Before you begin, please take a moment to locate each piece of equipment that you will be using to complete this task.

  • Kramer Input Selector
  • The Input Source you wish to use (VCR, DV, CD, DVD, etc…)
  • If you will be using a camera, l ocate the inputs on the front of the MiniDV/VCR. 
    • You will need to use your RCA cables to connect to this equipment.
      *STC does NOT provide cameras or cables* 
    • You can NOT use the firewire connection on the CPU to capture (your audio will not be available). 
    • In addition, you will need to change the channel to F1 by turning the front dial (channel L1 is used when playing VCR tapes). 
  1. Determine and select your source. The source selected on the Kramer Input Selector should represent the device from which the signal will originate (For example: if you wanted to use Premiere to capture a few minutes of video from a VHS tape (be sure the channel is set to L1), you would depress the button for VHS/MiniDV).

  2. Launch Adobe Premeire Pro. Adobe Premeire is located in the Multimedia Applications folder. Select "New Project" and allow the default preset named "IT131 Multimedia Room" which is already configured for the room. Name your project and set the save location (for large captures on the rack equiped station, choose D:\Scratch Space).

  3. Start the video source. Press "Play" and then "Pause" your video from the source device in the multimedia rack to verify the computer is receiving the signal and to prepare for the capture.

  4. Begin the Capture. To capture, go to the "File" menu and select "Capture":

    The movie “Capture” window will appear and your video should be displayed (if you do not see the video Check the troubleshooting steps at the end of this document).

  5. Cue your video source. Locate the portion of video you wish to capture using the controls on the source device.

  6. Record your video clip. When you are ready to begin capturing, press the red record button located to the right under the capture window.  To end your capture press the Esc key. You will then be prompted to “Save Captured File”.  Enter a name for the clip and click ok.  If you want to capture more clips, repeat the capture steps above.  If you are finished capturing, simply close the capture window.

  7. Working with project files . Closing the capture window returns you to the main editing screen.  In the upper left corner is your project window.  The screenshot below shows the project window.  Two clips have been previously captured, Untitled Clip 01 2.avi and Untitled Clip 013.avi.

    You can rename the captured clips to more meaningful name by "right-clicking" the clip and selecting rename.

  8. Preview and edit clips in the timeline. You may drag a clip onto the timeline located in the middle of the screen.  You may add several clips to the timeline and add effects or transitions between the clips.

    For more information about these features refer to the Help menu. To preview the video and audio of the clip(s) you have saved, you will need to select the Computer Audio button on the Kramer VS-1001 Input Selector. If you select the Computer AV button, you will be unable to hear your audio.   In the “Monitor” window within Premiere click the play arrow.

  9. Saving and Exporting your project. If you need to work on your project at a later time, be sure to save it to your own removable media.  The computers in the lab are rebuilt regularly; any files saved to the computer will be erased.   To save your project to your own removable media, go to “File” and “Save” selecting the appropriate location.  If you are finished with your project, you can export the project as an AVI file which can be played on any computer.  Go to “File” and “Export”.  Remember to save you AVI file to you own removable media. Currently, you can only save your clip as an AVI.

  10. Record your project to VHS tape. Set the Recording Source on the Kramer Input Selector to Computer AV. Make sure the VHS player is set to L-1 using the remote or by ejecting any VHS tape in the player and using the jog dial to change the setting. Re-insert your VHS tape and press the record button. Begin playing your project in Premiere by selecting the sequence you want to record in the timeline and clicking the play button in the applications monitor window. Once you are done and would like to verify the capture and view the VHS tape, set the VHS player back to F-1 using the remote or by ejecting the tape set the VHS player and using the jog dial on the player. Change the Kramer Input Selector to VHS and insert your tape. Select play and view the tape in the sony monitor that sits on top of the equipment rack.


If the capture window is black and your video does not appear, check to be certain you have selected the correct button on the Kramer Input Selector.  If your source is a VHS tape did you change the channel to L1?  If you still do not have video, check the confidence monitor that sits on the top of the rack.  Is your video playing through this monitor?  If it's not playing through the monitor, you have probably selected the wrong source on the Kramer Input Selector – check your selection again.  If your video is playing on the monitor, there is probably a problem with the capture box; shut the computer down and then turn the computer back on.  Follow the steps above to capture.  If you are still unable to capture, contact the lab consultant.