Recording to tape
If you captured your original video from DV or HDV tape, you may want to write the finished project back to tape for safekeeping. If so, follow the steps listed here.
You can use an analog tape recorder without video control, but doing so takes some extra effort. That will be explained later in this lesson.
- Connect your DV or HDV camcorder to your computer, just as you did when you captured the video.
- Turn it on, and set it to VCR or VTR (not to Camera, as you might expect).
- Cue the tape to where you want to start recording.
- Select the sequence you want to record.
- Choose File > Export > Tape.
If you’re working with a DV camcorder, you’ll see the Export to Tape dialog shown here.
Here’s a rundown of options:
Activate Recording Device: When you select this option, Adobe Premiere Pro will control your DV device. Deselect it if you want to record to a device that you’ll control manually.
Assemble at timecode: Select this option to pick an In point on the tape where you want recording to begin. When this option is not selected, recording will begin at the current tape location.
Delay movie start by x frames: This is for the few DV recording devices that need a brief period of time between receiving the video signal and recording it. Check your device’s manual to see what the manufacturer recommends.
Preroll x frames: Most decks need little or no time to get to the proper tape recording speed. To be on the safe side, select 150 frames (5 seconds), or add black video to the start of your project (see the previous “Bars and tone or black video” tip).
The remaining options are self-explanatory.
- Click Record (or Cancel if you don’t want to make a recording).
If you haven’t rendered your project (by pressing Enter for playback instead of the spacebar), Adobe Premiere Pro does that now. When rendering is complete, Adobe Premiere Pro starts your camcorder and records your project to it.
Recording to an analog recorder without device control
To record to an analog machine without device control, set up your camcorder for recording.
- Render the sequence or portion you want to record by pressing Enter.
- Play the sequence to make sure you see it displayed on your external recording device.
- Cue your tape to where you want recording to begin, position the Timeline current-time indicator to where you want playback from your sequence to begin, press the Record button on your device, and play the sequence.
- When the sequence or segment finishes, click the Stop button in the Program Monitor and then stop the tape on the device.