UM:Capturing Media

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Capturing Media



After importing our list, we can proceed to Capture media into our Library via the ..Capture button.


The capture process will examine on-disk file media and compare it with events in our list. Those that match will be loaded into our library and have a status set to Found. Matching can be performed on timecode alone, or on timecode and tapename.





Because capture list events are always matched (linked) to material in the project library, if the library contains matching material when the list is imported, the match will be shown immediately in the Status field. In this case, the list event Status will say Found for those events we can match.


Capture opens a file browser and we choose a starting folder from which to search for media matching our event list. Each piece of media we find has its timecode and tapename extracted as per the settings we have in the Capture Controls. For a discussion of this metadata extraction process, see the Capture/Conform chapter in the appendices.

Capture Controls

The Capture Controls set the mechanisms we use for extracting the timecode and tapename information from material we find on disk.




As we recursively search from the chosen starting folder, the extracted timecode and tapename is compared to each list event and if we find a match, we change the matched event status from Needed to Found.


Any matching material is loaded into the library, but not yet linked (conformed) to the event.

Match Name



If Match Name is enabled, the tapename is used when testing for a match. With Match Name disabled, only timecode will be used.

Multiple Matches

Sometimes, we find more than one item of media on disk that matches a shot in the capture list.


When this happens, the Status is displayed as Found Multiple and an arrow is displayed to the left of the list item. You can select the arrow to open up the rows and view all the matches.



The most recent event is selected by default.



Both shot index 000 and 001 have been matched to multiple media items.



Opening shot 001 to see what media we have matched.  Note we matched 5 media items and have selected the latest.


If you want to change the selected match, highlight your choice in the list and press the Enable Event button in the Event Controls (see below) :





Event Controls



Use the Event Controls to :


Switch the selected event when multiple matches occur.
Disable events to prevent them being conformed or found.

Disable/Enable Event



When you Disable an event, you prevent it changing status such that :


A Found event will not conform (link) to material when pressing Conform (it will stay Found)
A Needed event will not be found (it will stay Needed)



The Disabled state of an event is reset if you close and re-enter the List Capture module.


Enable Event will reverse the disabled state and allow the event to take part in capture and conform operations once again.

Detach Event Material



Detach Event Material will unlink the selected events from their conformed media and change their status from Conformed to Found. The media itself remains loaded in the library but the affected events (shots) will go offline because the link to their media has been broken (they become un-conformed).

Match Open Folder



If Match open library folder only is selected, we will restrict the media we try and conform (link) to that inside the currently open library folder.




Default : Consolidate on tape


Consolidation is the grouping together of overlapping events (generally by timecode) into a single "event" which can be processed (captured) as one. This can minimise the amount of work required to capture the same amount of material. Consolidation reduces the total number of events to capture.


Don't consolidate

Ignore potential consolidation and show every event in the list.

Consolidate on tape

Consolidate overlapping timecodes within the same tape.

Consolidate on clip

Consolidate overlapping timecodes within the same clip.



Without consolidation, a composition that uses the same media more than once, each time using a different set of frames, will appear in the composition capture list multiple times.


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