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Capturing Windows Media Directly using Leitch Velocity plug-ins


John David Hutton
mYth productions
Kansas City, Kansas, USA

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Among many of Velocity's strengths is its plug-ins. Using one of these plug-ins in the "Qtools" bundle (free), you can actually capture to windows media or real media directly, without capturing to hard drives first and then crunching. In this tutorial, John David Hutton demonstrates a windows media capture but the steps should be very similar for real media.


Note: Naturally, you'll need real media and/or windows media set up on your machine for these steps to work.

Among many of Velocity's strengths is its plug-ins. Using one of these plug-ins in the "Qtools" bundle (free), you can actually capture to windows media or real media directly, without capturing to hard drives first and then crunching. These instructions will go through a windows media capture but the steps should be very similar for real media.

- Open Velocity
- Open Qcapture from your Qtools folder (start > Programs > dps > Qtools > Qcapture)



The reason for the above step is so that you can control your deck. Since you'll have your velocity application tied up crunching the windows media, we need this qtools capture window to move your tape to the desired location.

Note: The reason we use qtools' capture utility in the first place is for deck control. If you have quick and easy access to your deck (ie. it's sitting right beside you) you won't even need to open qtool's batch capture window, simply hit play and stop when needed. The instructions below assume your deck is not located within arm's reach or someplace easily accessible.

- Switch back over to velocity
- Right-click in the gallery and choose "Live Clip"



- Drag this live clip to the timeline and stretch to desired length

- Double-click on the movie range row and choose "all selected clips" and click ok
(Or mark ins and outs like normal and choose the "markers" option)



- Go to output > Go Live (or press shift-G). Your clip will turn green instead of blue.


- Go into output > broadcast settings and choose desired format


- Go into the settings for that format and checkmark "Enable" under Archive
- Click the " ... " browse button and navigate to desired location and type in desired filename

- Remember the above step because you'll need to change the name of the file for every spot you do

- Click OK and OK again

- Switch back to your Qcapture window and press play, you'll control your deck with the standalone version of our capture window you opened earlier. Click on settings and make sure the input is correct (I use component)



- Click OK and press play.

Note: You will not see the image on your computer monitor like normal, you'll only see it through your NTSC monitor.

- Wait for desired spot to start. When you're ready, switch back to velocity and choose output > broadcast movie range

- Once it's done, you'll go back into the broadcast settings window and update the filename, then repeat the process for your next spot.

That's it! Real-time windows media and real-media capture. Even though velocity has real-time export of both formats, it's great to be able to capture directly to the format and bypass clogging up your hard drives needlessly.

Enjoy!

- John David Hutton
(Mythprod)


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