If the scratch disk for captured video runs out of free space, capture stops suddenly.
Digital video requires a large amount of storage space. For example, the storage requirement for DV video is approximately 13 GB per hour.
To see how much space is available on the current scratch disk for captured video, look in the upper-right area of the Capture panel.
If the scratch disk for captured video doesn't have enough free space for the duration of the video you're capturing, delete files. Or, remove unused programs to make more space available. Or, capture to a drive that has sufficient space.
To change the scratch disk for captured video:
Use a hard drive that has a rotational speed of at least 7,200 rpm. Use an internal hard drive if possible. If you must use an external hard drive, then use an IEEE 1394 (FireWire) or USB 2.0 external drive. And, use high-quality cables to connect the drive directly to an IEEE 1394 or USB 2.0 port on your computer. Do not connect the drive to a multi-port hub or to another drive.
To change the scratch disk for captured video, see Solution 1.
If the scratch disk for captured video is formatted in the FAT32 file system, then the capture process can stop suddenly even if the drive has available space. FAT32 limits file sizes to a maximum of 4 GB (approximately 18 minutes of DV video).
To determine the format of a hard drive:
If the current scratch disk for captured video is a FAT32 drive, then choose an NTFS-formatted drive instead. To change the scratch disk for captured video, see Solution 1.
Capture c stop unexpectedly if the hard drive is damaged or fragmented. Repair and defragment the scratch disk for captured video. For instructions, see one of these TechNotes:
If other applications are running while you capture video, then another application's use of the hard drive or of other system resources can cause capture to stop suddenly. Quit all other open applications before you start capture, and do not open other applications until you have finished capturing your video.
If anti-virus or other security software is installed on your computer, then temporarily disable it before you start capture. When you have finished capturing, re-enable the anti-virus or other security software. For instructions, see the software's documentation.
Capture can stop suddenly because of the start of an automatic system event, such as a screen saver.
If you use a screen saver or if you have configured any other automatic system events (such as events related to power-saving settings or software updates), then temporarily disable them before you start capture.
Startup items (programs that start automatically with Windows) and services (specialized programs that perform functions to support other programs) that run in the background can cause capture to stop suddenly. Disable startup items and non-essential services before you start capture.
To disable startup items and non-essential services, see one of these TechNotes:
Capture can stop suddenly if the videotape from which you are capturing is damaged. To identify a damaged segment, preview the videotape on a camcorder's LCD screen or on a monitor connected to a VCR/VTR, or try dubbing (copying) the videotape.
Capture can also stop suddenly at the boundary between different formats on the same videotape (for example, if both DV and HDV video are recorded on the same tape). If your tape holds mixed formats, then you must start a new capture session for each format.
Video frames that are not saved to disk during the capture process are called dropped frames. The Abort Capture On Dropped Frames option determines whether dropped frames will cause the application to stop capturing.
By default, Abort Capture On Dropped Frames is not enabled. If it has been enabled, then you can disable it. If you have been experiencing dropped frames during capture, then capturing with this option disabled will prevent the dropped frames from stopping capture; however, the quality of your captured clips can be inferior because of the dropped frames. Before you use this solution, complete the other solutions in this document to prevent dropped frames.
To disable the Abort Capture On Dropped Frames option: