Capturing Video with QuickTime Player Pro

If you have upgraded to QuickTime Pro you can use QuickTime Player 7 itself as a convenient Capture application.

Step 1 – Getting QuickTime Pro

To see if you have QuickTime Pro, click on “QuickTime Player” in the top menu bar. Choose “About QuickTime Player”. This will open up a window that looks like the image above. If you do not see the small “Pro” icon in the QuickTime logo, then you do not have QuickTime pro registered. Quicktime Pro is a $30 upgrade that allows you to export and capture. It is available through apple here:

Step 2 – Setting Up Capture

To begin: attach your DV camera to the Mac with a firewire cable.

- Turn the camera on (either in record for live recording or in Play for capturing from tape)

- Select Quicktime Preferences from the QuickTime Player menu

Step 3 – Setting Recording Preferences

- In the preferences pane, select Recording. The Video Source drop-down list should be displaying your camera name (we have a Canon ZR25 connected in this example).

- The Microphone drop-down is set to get audio from the firewire cable as well.

- Quality is set to “Device Native”, which in this case means DV format. (You want native because most macs can’t capture the other choices ( H.264 or MPEG4) without dropping frames.

- Save Files to: A convenient folder. It would be best convenient to have it be an empty folder.

Step 4 – Setting Recording Preferences continued…

In the latest version of QuickTime (7.5.5) the record panel looks like this:

Step 5 – Starting a New Recording

- Close the preferences pane by clicking the red close button.

- Now select New Movie Recording from the “File” (the keystroke for this is Option-Command-n. Knowing the shortcut will come in handy).

Step 6 – Recording

- A recording window will open.

- When you are ready to record you can either click the red button or tap the space bar.

- To stop recording, click the button or tap the space bar again.

- To begin recording again press the shortcut keys: Option-Command-n. Each time you stop and start recording QuickTime player will open another recording window. This will stack up neatly on screen.

Step 7 – Recording continued…

- Each time QuickTime Player starts a new recording it creates a new movie file, adding a number to the movie file to keep them in order.

Step 8 – Recording continued…

- When you are finished capturing, select all of the movie files and open all of them with QuickTime player.

Step 9 – Joining the Clips

You are now going to join the individual movies into one large file. Click on the window containing the first movie (in this case,

Step 10 – Joining the Clips continued…

- click on the right button to move the thumb (the triangular position indicator) to the end of the movie.

- Now click on the window containing Movie Select the contents of the entire movie by pressing command-A and copy it by pressing command-C.

Step 11 – Joining the Clips continued…

- Go back to the window containing the first movie ( in this example) and paste your selection by pressing command-V. Do this with each successive movie window until all of the clips are pasted into the first movie, like this:

Step 12 – Saving the Joined File

- Select Save As from the File menu.

- Choose a file name and a destination for your assembled movie. Be sure to click the button for “Save as a self-contained movie” (If you do not, you will create a tiny “reference movie” that does not actually contain the video data. You cannot upload reference movies successfully.)

Step 13 – Flattening Video files

- A progress bar will appear for the “Flattening” process. (Flattening is Apple’s term for combining all the items pasted into a single video data file – it’s a good thing).

Step 14 – Locating File

- After the “Flattening” is complete, your movie will appear in the destination folder. This is a full size, DV format file, that you can utilize locally on your computer, edit, view, and otherwise enjoy.

- This file is too big to upload to ezXchanges for online video exchange. To prepare for uploading you will need to compress the file to a more reasonable size. Information for compressing the file can be found in our guide: Exporting to H.264 from Quicktime Pro.

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