Import Video From Hdv Camera With Adobe Premiere Cs3

Adobe Premiere is a popular desktop video editing program for home computers. Initially sold on its own, Adobe Premiere was soon rolled into the Adobe Creative Suite package in 2003. Although Adobe Premiere CS3 is an older version of the product, it still does a good job of capturing HDV. There are a number of different configuration options that you can set before capturing to make sure you make the most of both your computer and your camera.


1. Power on your computer.

2. Connect your HDV camera to your computer with a IEEE1394 cable. Turn on the HDV camera.

3. Start Adobe Premiere CS3 by clicking on the desktop icon or selecting it from the “Run” menu.

4. Start a new project by clicking on “New Project” from the pop-up menu. You can also change the saved project file location from the default location, as well as the scratch disks location by clicking on the “Scratch Disks” tab and browsing to the directory where you want to save your captured HDV files.

5. Select the appropriate HDV sequence from the dialog box. The two major choices are either 720 or 1080 HDV selections. Type a name for the sequence in the bottom of the dialog box and click “OK.”

6. Click the “File” selection in the upper left-hand side of the CS3 screen. Select “Capture” from the drop-down menu to open up the capture dialog box.

7. Click the “Settings” tab on the right-hand side of the capture screen and check that all the file locations are correct for where you want to save the files. Change the locations, if needed.

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8. Check that “DV/HDV Device Control” is selected underneath the “Device Control” section of the screen. Click on the “Options” button underneath the selection box drop-down to change from NTSC to PAL during capture and other options.

9. Use the VCR controls at the bottom of the screen to shuttle the tape to the portion that you want to capture. Alternatively, you can check the “Capture Tape” button on the bottom right of the screen to capture the whole tape.

10. Press the red “Record” button when the tape is queued.