Capturing and Editing Digital Video with Kino

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Once you have gone through the preparatory steps I've just mentioned, you are ready to capture video from your camera. To do this, connect your camera to your computer by FireWire cable (if it isn't still connected), turn on your camera to Play mode, and then start up Kino. Once Kino is open, click the Capture tab to the right of the playback pane.

Figure 17-6: Using your digital video i with Kino

Figure 17-6: Using your digital video i with Kino

To get started capturing video, you can use the playback controls located below the playback pane. These control buttons actually control the functions of your camera itself. Start out by clicking the rewind button until you get to the beginning of the video segment you want to capture. Once you get there, click the play button, after which the video on your camera will play back within the Kino window. When you reach the point at which you want to start capturing, click the Capture button just above the play back controls in the Kino window. Kino will then start capturing your video to disk (in your home folder by default). To keep things easy to manage, the captured video stream will be split into several files, the number of which depends on the length of the video played.

You will notice that after you click the Capture button, the video playback in the playback pane will stop moving. This being the case, you will need to view the action in your camera's viewer in order to know where you are in the capture process. When you get to the point where you'd like to stop capturing, click the stop button. You can then view the captured video by clicking the Edit button and then using the playback controls at the bottom of the playback pane. You can also view the video in Timeline view (as shown in Figure 17-7) in order to navigate between the various segments of the video; click the Timeline tab, click the segment you wish to view, and then use the playback controls below the playback pane.

Figure 17-7: Kino's Timeline view

If you feel like getting a bit arty, you can also try out the effects available in Kino (some examples of which are shown in Figure 17-8) by clicking the FX tab and then playing around with the various effects in the drop-down menu below the words Video Filter. Make your choice, specify the segment you'd like to convert (or at least experiment with) by typing the beginning and ending frame numbers in the boxes below the word Overwrite, and then click the Preview button to see the results without saving the changes to disk. If you do want to convert the segment so as to keep the effect, click the Render button, and Kino will create a new file of just that segment. Those files, as well as the original captures, can all be viewed in Totem, which is a better application to use for video viewing, by simply double-clicking the files.

Figure 17-8: Examples of Kino's video effects, before and after

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