Preparing for Capture

As you have already discovered, digital video thrives on a fast processor, speedy drives, and even additional (and often expensive) hardware.

In addition to using powerful hardware, you can take certain steps to maximize your computer’s performance:

  • Quit all other applications.

  • Turn off file-sharing software, at least temporarily.

  • Disable other unnecessary operating-system features.

  • Choose a fast, large disk or disk array as your scratch disk for digitizing (see “Choosing a Scratch Disk” later in this chapter).

  • Defragment hard disks with a reliable disk utility to optimize their performance.

  • Select compression settings that do not exceed the capabilities of your system.


  • The maximum size for a single file is determined by ...

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