Fastest, cheapest way to capture audio off mini-DV tape

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by cam35pilot, Jun 7, 2006.

  1. cam35pilot

    cam35pilot Guest

    Hello all,
    I'm new to the video capture stuff, but I do have an audio track
    that I need to get onto my PC from a mini-DV tape, as fast as
    possible, and not too expensive. I have XP SP-2, and Adobe Premiere 6.0
    (had some experience with it two years ago, but haven't used it since).
    I need to get the audio off, and cut it up for a power point for work
    early next week. I don't have a capture card, but would like to pick up
    a cheap one tonight or tomorrow. Can anyone recommend something? Thanks.
    cam35pilot, Jun 7, 2006
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    PTravel Guest

    Assuming you have access to a miniDV camcorder or deck to play the tape on,
    all you need is a 1394/Firewire card for your computer (about $15 or so).
    "Capture" is a misnomer with respect to miniDV -- all you are doing is a
    bit-for-bit transfer from the camera. You'll need capture software (I don't
    recall whether Premiere 6.0 has internal capture capability -- I suspect
    that it does). Once you've captured the video into Premiere, simply drag it
    to the timeline and then select "Export". You should be able to export
    audio only.
    PTravel, Jun 7, 2006
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  3. Or else just play the tape and capture the analog audio
    with the audio card which is likely already in your computer.
    Either way (firewire or analog) it will take "real-time" to
    grab the content from the tape.
    Richard Crowley, Jun 7, 2006
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    DanR Guest

    If Premiere can't capture and you have WinXP you likely have the MS program
    "moviemaker" already on your computer. If not it's a free download.
    "C:\Program Files\Movie Maker\moviemk.exe"
    DanR, Jun 10, 2006
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