Using the DC1000 with Adobe Premiere 5.1
By Jesse Rankin, 7/11/00
Here are instructions for the DC1000 specific parts of the
video editing process. For information on how to edit your clip with Premiere, see the Premiere 5 manual or
Opening Premiere and creating a new project
When you create a new project in premiere, you have to make
sure that the settings for the project are correct to work with the video
hardware installed in the computer.
- Go to Programs/Adobe/Premiere 5.1 under the start
- The New Project Settings Box will open.
- Click the "Load" button on the right side of the
- Select "NTSC DC1000 720x480" from the list on the
right, and click "OK".
- Click "OK" in the New Project Settings window.
Capturing Video in PremiereOnce you have created a
new project with the correct settings, you are ready to capture video to the
computer's hard drive. This is the video you will edit with Premiere.
- First, create a folder where you will place the
captured video. Captured video takes up a lot of disk space; one minute is
about 100 MB. Choose a hard disk that has enough room to hold the video you
plan on capturing. Never save video to the C: drive. Make sure that you delete
your project and all the associated video clips when you are done editing and
have exported the finished product to tape.
- From the main menu, select File/Preferences/Scratch Disks / Device
Control. This will bring up the Preferences window.
- Choose the drive letter of the drive you will be
saving your files to from the three Scratch Disks drop down menus. This will
speed up the capturing process. Under device control, make sure "None" is
selected. Press "OK" to close the window.
- From the main menu, select File/Capture/Movie
Capture. This will bring up the Movie Capture window.
- Again from the main menu, select Movie Capture/Settings… This will
bring up the "Settings Pinnacle DC1000" window.
The settings for video capture are different depending on the
video source you are capturing from.
Using the DV deck as capture source (digital firewire input)
Here are the settings you should use for each tab:
Overlay:Mode: primary surface, Pinnacle logo: unchecked
Video input:input: DV input, Video loopthrough: checked
Video Format:Video standard: NTSC, Frame size: unchecked, AVI file format: OpenDML >2Gbyte, Data rate; 25 Mbit/s, Variable bit rate
Audio Input: Format: 48.0 kHz 16 bit stereo, Capture audio: checked, Audio
loopthrough: checked, DV input: off (NOTE: DV audio input does not work
correctly; if this option is checked, the sound in the clips you capture will be
muffled and distorted) Level: 0.0 dB is the base setting, you may want to
adjust if the audio from your source is too loud or soft, +20dB gain: unchecked,
Using an analog source to capture (s-video or composite
input through blue breakout box)Here are the settings you should use for
Overlay Mode: primary surface, Pinnacle logo:
Video input: input: S-video or Composite, depending on which you are using,
Video loopthrough: checked, Brightness – Hue: the default value for these settings is
50, but you may want to adjust them to compensate for errors in your source
Viedo Format: Video standard: NTSC, Frame size: unchecked, AVI file format: OpenDML >2Gbyte, Data rate; 25 Mbit/s, Variable bit rate
Format: 48.0 kHz 16 bit stereo, Capture audio: checked, Audio loopthrough: checked, DV input: off
Once you have made sure all of the capture settings are
correct, press "OK" to close the window.
- Once you have closed the settings window, the Movie Capture window
should show your video source. Use the DV deck or the player that is attached to
the breakout box to play the video that you would like to capture.
- Press the "Record" button to start capturing.
Premiere will continue to capture until you click the mouse or hit Esc. It is
a better idea to capture your video in small clips rather than in one large
- After you stop the capture, the clip you created will
appear in as a temporary file. Move the mouse of the clip until the pointer
becomes a hand, then drag and drop the clip into the Project window, which
should be in the top left hand corner of the Premiere window. The clip might
appear over the Project window, in which case move the clip window so you can
see the Project window, and then drag it in.
- Premiere will ask you if you want to save the clip.
Click the "OK" button.
- Choose the folder you picked to store the video, and
type in a descriptive name for this clip. Click the "Save" button to save the
- The clip will now be listed in the Project window.
You are free to use it in the Timeline.
- Close the clip window.
- You can now capture another clip, or you are have captured all of
the video you need, Close the Movie Capture window and start editing.