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Hudl Mercury is an easier and faster alternative for uploading video. Video Editor should only be used if you have a MiniDV camera or need to burn a DVD.

With Hudl, you can use Hudl Video Editor to capture video footage from a live video source. This allows you to save time by cutting your video while it is happening. The video is ready to publish as soon as you’re done filming, so you can begin the publish process immediately and share it with your team sooner.

To stream video from your camera onto your computer, you will most likely need a firewire port on both your camera and your computer. Most MiniDv cameras cannot stream video from the camera to the computer over USB so a firewire cable is required.

Before starting this tutorial, go to the Hudl Video Editor and create a project. For more information about accessing Hudl Video Editor and creating a project, see the Hudl Video Editor First Steps tutorial.

Setup Live Capture

  1. Open Hudl Video Editor and select a project.
  2. If you haven’t already, plug your camera into your computer via firewire.

    Most video cameras cannot stream video via USB. It must be a firewire connection. If your camera does not have a firewire output, you may need to use a canopus box to connect your camera to your computer.

  3. Click the Add Video button at the bottom of the Video Editor.
  4. The Add Video dialog will appear. Select whether you would like to add the video to a new angle or append it to an existing angle already in the project.
  5. Click Start Capture.
  6. The Pick Capture Source dialog window will appear. Select your camera from the list. If your camera is not listed, click the Refresh button.
  7. Under the Live Event heading select whether you want to:
    • Use your camera’s record button to auto-cut video - Let the Video Editor create clips as you record each play on your camera
    • Cut the video yourself - You will need to press the In and Out buttons during recording to make clips.

Capture Video

  1. The video window will show what your camera is recording.
  2. To simultaneously live capture a second camera angle on this computer (if you only want to live capture one angle, skip this step):
    • Click the Add Capture Angle button.
    • The Pick Capture Source dialog window will appear again. Select your second camera from the list. If your camera is not listed, click the Refresh button.
    • Select whether you would like to add the video from the second camera to a new angle or append it to an existing angle already in the project.
    • Click the Start Capture button.
    • The video from the second camera will appear in a small window in the bottom-right corner of the main video window. The clips from the second camera angle will be created simultaneously with the first camera angle.
  3. If you chose to use your camera’s record button to auto-cut, press the Record button on your camera to begin capturing. Hit the Stop Recording or Pause button on the camera at the end of each play to stop capturing each clip.
  4. If you chose to cut the video yourself, press the In button to begin capturing. Click the Out button to end the clip.
  5. When you are done capturing film from your attached device, press the End Capture button at the bottom of the Video Editor. The Hudl video window will clear once the capture has ended.
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