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How to capture analog video in the Windows Movie Maker application.

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NOTES:

  • If an Unsupported feature error message occurs, a third-party analog capture card is necessary to complete this procedure. This and other information is also available in the Help and Support section of the operating system.
  • Some computers have Sony-supplied software for capturing analog video and converting it for use with the Windows Movie Maker software.

  1. Properly connect the analog camera or VCR to the computer, and set to play recorded video.

    NOTE: On an analog camera, this is often labeled VTR or VCR mode.

  2. Open the Windows Movie Maker software.
  3. In the Windows Movie Maker window, on the File menu, click Capture Video.

    NOTE: You can also open this feature from the Movie Tasks pane, under Capture Video, and clicking Capture from video device.

  4. In the Video Capture device window, perform the following tasks:
    • In Available devices, click the analog device you want to use to capture video, and then, in the Video input source list, click the input line you want to use.
    • In the Audio device list, click the audio capture device you want to use to capture video, and then, in the Audio input source list, click the input line you want to use.
    • To adjust

    NOTES:

    • To adjust and configure the video capture device settings, click Configure.
    • To adjust the volume of the captured audio, move the Input level slider bar to the desired volume level.

  5. In the Enter a file name for your captured video field, type the desired name.
  6. In the Choose a place to save your captured video field, click the Browse button, and then click to select a location to save the file.
  7. In the Video Settings section, click to select the desired video settings to use for capturing video and audio.
  8. To separate the video into smaller clips, click to place a check in the box next to Create clips when wizard finishes.
  9. To prevent audio from playing through the speakers while capturing video, click to place a check in the box next to Mute speakers.
  10. To automatically stop capturing after period of time has elapsed, click to select Capture time limit, and then type or select the length of time you wish to capture.

    NOTE: The capture time limit is displayed in the hours: minutes (h:mm) format.

  11. Using the controls on the analog camera or VCR, locate the video and audio you wish to capture.
  12. To begin the capture process, in the Windows Movie Maker window, click the Start Capture button, and then press the Play button on the analog camera or VCR.
  13. When the tape reaches the point at which you want to stop the capture process, in the Windows Movie Maker window, click the Stop Capture button, and then press the Stop button on the analog camera or VCR.

    NOTE: If you have selected the Capture time limit option, once the specified capture time has been reached and the capture process has stopped, press the Stop button on the analog camera or VCR.

  14. Repeat steps 11 through 13 to capture additional video files.
  15. Once all the desired video files have been captured, click the Finish button.

    NOTE: The captured content will be imported into a new collection with the same name as the specified video file.