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Capturing a live feed from your camera is as easy as capturing from tape. To do a live capture you connect your camera to your mac via firewire the same as you would if you were capturing from tape, and turn the camera on in camera mode. The Final Cut Pro Log and Capture will not recognize any timecode during a live capture, so you will have to set your device control at Non-Controllable Device. Selecting Capture Now will begin the live capture, and it will continue until the escape key is pressed. While the live capture is going on any camera movement will appear out of time, but when you playback the video it will be fine. During a live capture the camera does not need to be recording, but be careful that your camera is not set up to go to sleep. You can even change tapes as long as you don't disturb the firewire connection. One last thing to keep in mind is the Capture Now limit in the System Settings, you may want to turn it off or set it to the desired length of the capture.

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Live Capture is great for doing long captures to be used for showing a time lapse. It is also perfect for a quick turnaround, not having to do a real time capture after you shoot. A perfect example would be recording a sporting event and being able to view or edit the game as soon as it was over.

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