Note: If you are capturing from a DV-only camcorder, then skip this step and go to step 4. Some video devices can output more than one digital video format. Determine whether your device has a button, a switch, or a menu setting that changes its output format. See the device's documentation for instructions.
Important: If you change your device's output format, then close the Capture panel. Then, disconnect the device from the computer, reconnect the device, and reopen the Capture panel. Settings on some HDV camcorders and VTRs downsample HDV source material to DV resolution during output. If you are capturing HDV video, then disable any device setting that downsamples HDV video.
- Some Sony HDV devices have a menu setting called i.LINK CONV. If this item is set to ON, then the device downsamples HDV video during output. If your device has an i.LINK CONV setting, then set it to OFF.
- Some Canon HDV devices have a menu setting called DV OUTPUT. If this item is set to DV LOCK, then the devices downsample HDV video during output. If your device has a DV OUTPUT setting, then set it to HDV/DV.
- Some other HDV devices have an AUTO option for the output format. AUTO isn't always reliable. If your device has such an option, then select DV or HDV instead of AUTO. If you capture from an analog-to-digital converter that can output video in multiple formats (MPEG-2, H.264, and so on), then select DV as the output format. If your converter cannot output in DV format, then use the converter's bundled software to capture video. Then, import the captured clips into an Adobe Premiere Pro project. If your device is compatible with both the NTSC and PAL standards, then select the correct standard on the device.
Note: Not all devices can process both NTSC and PAL videotapes. For example, if you have a PAL videotape, then do not play it in an NTSC-only device.