Firewire Cameras

Firewire Cameras

How to use Firewire Capture


The Capture Video process will copy the video from your camcorder to your computer. Once this is done, you will no longer need the camcorder, as a copy of the captured video is permanently stored on the computer. For the convenience of most users, SportsCAD offers four different ways to capture videos and import them into the program for analysis: These include the standard Start Capture/Stop Capture, Automatic Video Capture, One Click, and Beep Capture.


With four ways to capture video and three ways to name the captured videos, you should browse the following pages to see which methods will work best for your teaching setup. The default settings for capture are “Standard Start-Stop Capture” and “Detailed Naming”. These settings are the most common and will work well in most teaching environments.


To use DV, click on the “Program Setup” tab, and then click the “Capture” button at the top of the menu. Next, under the option named “Select Default Capture Method”, choose “Firewire Camera(s)”.



Dual Camera Setup


If you have two cameras, click on the “Program Setup” tab, then click on the “Capture” button at the top. Then under the option named “Total Cameras”, choose “Two Cameras”. This option will only work with 2 DV camcorders.

1 . Capture ModeCapture Mode

Capture Mode

The Capture Mode bar displays the current capture method. You can change between the four possible capture modes by clicking the "Change" button on the bar. "Standard Capture Mode" is the most common method and should work in most scenarios.


2 . Student NameStudent Name

Student Name

The Student Name bar displays which student folder will receive the newly captured videos. You can change the student name by clicking the "Change" button on the bar.

3 . Video NameVideo Name

Video Name

The Video Name bar displays the name of the video to be captured. You can change the name of the video to be captured by clicking the "Change" button on the bar or by clicking the buttons on the Name Selector bar (below the video name).


4 . Camera AngleCamera Angle

Camera Angle

The Name Selector bar will help you name your videos without typing. The appearance of this bar will change based on which naming mode you choose (DL= Down Line FO= Face On).

5 . Display BarDisplay Bar

Display Bar

The Display bar will help you throughout the capture process.

6 . Video WindowVideo Window

Video Window

The Video window will first show the same video as seen through the viewfinder of your camcorder. Once the capture is complete, it will show the captured video.

7 . Refresh ButtonRefresh Button

Refresh Button

The Refresh button will make SportsCAD search for your camcorder. If your camcorder turns off in the middle of a session, turn it back on then press the Refresh button to continue.

8 . Start Capture ButtonStart Capture Button

Start Capture Button

Use this button to start capturing video to your computer. Once you start capturing video, this buttons name will change to "Stop Capture". Simply click it again to stop capturing video.

9 . Trim Front ButtonTrim Front Button

Trim Front Button

Use this button to trim unwanted footage from the beginning of the video. Scroll the video to the beginning of the motion (a scrollbar will appear once you are finished capturing) and click "Trim Front of Video".

10 . Trim End ButtonTrim End Button

Trim End Button

Use this button to trim unwanted footage from the end of the video. Scroll the video to the end of the actual motion and click "Trim End of Video".

11 . Save Capture ButtonSave Capture Button

Save Capture Button

Click the Save Capture button to save the newly created video to the system.

12 . Save and Send ButtonSave and Send Button

Save and Send Button

Clicking this button will save the video and send it to the analysis section. When you go to the Analysis section, the video(s) that you sent will be waiting there ready to analyze.

13 . Camera SelectCamera Select

Camera Select

Choose between camera one, camera two or both cameras at the same time.

14 . DV ControlDV Control

DV Control

These buttons will manually control your DV camera. From left to right, the buttons include High Speed Rewind, Rewind, Play, Pause, Forward, High Speed Forward, and Stop.