You can capture video directly from your camcorder to VideoPad, ready to edit. Click on the "Capture" button on the toolbar to open the Capture dialog.

Capturing from Camcorder

You can capture video directly from your DV Camcorder easily. If you have a hard-disc based camcorder, or have recorded to a memory card, select the "Add Media" button from the toolbar instead of "Capture".

To prepare to capture video from a camcorder, make sure the device is connected to your computer and turned on. Select the camcorder from the "Capture From:" drop-down menu. You then need to give the video you are about to capture a logical name. This will help locating the file later easier. Finally, select the location on your computer that you would like the capture video to be stored. You are now ready to capture.

To capture video from a camcorder, first make sure the camcorder is in "Play" mode and not "Record" mode. See your camcorder's manual for more information.

You can then Click the Record button underneath the source preview. When you are ready to stop capturing, Click the Stop button. The file will then be automatically added to your VideoPad project. You can click Record and Stop as many times as you like to capture many different clips from the one source. You can also Play, Fast Forward or Rewind if you need to navigate to a particular spot on the DV tape.

Capturing from another device

VideoPad lets you capture video from a webcam, TV capture card or other devices connected to your computer.

To prepare to capture video, in the Capture dialog select the device you want to capture from the drop-down menu. Make sure you also have the correct audio source connected. You then need to give the video you are about to capture a logical name. This will help locating the file later easier. Finally, select the location on your computer that you would like the capture video to be stored. You are now ready to capture.

To capture video, click the Record button underneath the source preview. When you are ready to stop capturing, click the Stop button. The file will then be automatically added to your VideoPad project. You can click Record and Stop as many times as you like to capture many different clips from the one source.

Capturing overlay video

It is possible to record video and use it as an overlay clip. Click the green plus button on the Overlay track and click the Record button to record an overlay clip.

The Remove Background feature is available in this mode. It can be used when recording video with a webcam to remove the background around the main subject of the video. The main subject can them be overlaid into the main video, making it appear as though the two were recorded together in the first place.

To achieve better results, click the "Device Settings" button and disable all kinds of automatic image quality control for your web camera (Exposure/Gain/White balance). You can find more details on how to do this here: How to disable image quality control for your web camera.

Click the "Remove Background" button. You will be asked to step out of the video. VideoPad will record the background behind you. A message will appear once the background is stored and you can step back into the webcam view. The background will be replaced with checkers. Try to adjust the "Background Threshold" slider to get better results.

Click the Record button to start recording. Click Stop to stop recording. Your video will be automatically added to the overlay track. The checkered background will be replaced with video from the video sequence track. Click the "Back to Normal mode" button to turn the background removal feature off.

It is possible to select an overlay clip on the overlay track and adjust "Background Threshold" slider to achieve better results.