Mac Video Capture software for view, edit and capture video.
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Mac Video Capture software

BTV is an application for the Macintosh that allows you to easily view and capture video from any video input source. It works with any Macintosh compatible video input source such as video input cards, TV cards, built-in video, USB, DV, and FireWire video sources.

BTV is available as a classic application for Mac OS 8 and 9, and also a Carbonized application that runs natively under Mac OS X (the Carbon version also runs under Mac OS 8.1 or later with CarbonLib).

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Key Features of Mac Video Capture

Viewing video

  • Video can be displayed either in a window that can be resized and dragged around the screen, or full screen on an entire monitor. When you switch to full screen mode your monitor is automatically switched to the appropriate resolution and switched back again afterwards.
  • For users with multiple monitors, video can be displayed full screen video on any connected to your computer, ideal for viewing video one one monitor while you work on another.
  • The Carbon version of BTV has a global floating window feature that can make the video input window float above all other applications, allowing you to view video on top of whatever application you are using.

Movie and image capture

  • Frames from the live video input can be captured and saved to disk in a variety of image file formats including PICT, JPEG, TIFF, BMP, and PNG. The image files can be saved automatically to a predefined destination to enable you to instantly capture images without worrying about manually saving the file. Images can be deinterlaced automatically for capturing a high quality still image from an interlaced video source (such as TV footage). A handy floating window is available to allow you to easily capture frames or movies with a single click of the mouse.
  • Captured video is saved as a standard QuickTime movie that can be opened with virtually any other video application on the Macintosh (and many on the PC as well).
  • Options are available to choose the video compression, colour depth, quality, frame rate, temporal compression and other settings.
  • All compression is performed 'on the fly' as the video is captured.
  • The sound settings are also fully configurable.
  • BTV allows you to capture video and sound to several different destinations in sequence; when the first destination is full the second is used; when that is full the third is used.
  • This allows you to use several hard disks to capture a long segment of video.
  • If you have OS9 and QuickTime 4 or later installed on your computer and you are capturing to an HFS+ disk then you will be able to capture movies larger than 2GB in size. If not, then BTV automatically splits the movie into separate 2GB files. Even if you can capture larger than 2GB files, it is very difficult to transfer these files over networks to other computers so you can choose to split the files anyway.

AppleScript

  • With AppleScript you can control BTV by writing scripts. AppleScript support is implemented in BTV for many functions such as capturing video, capturing images, printing images, changing channels, adjusting the display settings and much more.

Channel changing

  • For users with the the ixMicro ixTV, ixTV/FM or TurboTV card, you can set up your TV channels in BTV with an intuitive and easy to use interface (note that the ixTV card does not currently work under OS X).

Keyboard shortcuts

  • BTV has keyboard shortcuts for easy control of many features such as image capture, movie capture, brightness, contrast, sound volume, and much more. All keyboard shortcuts are fully customisable.

BTV Pro is an application for the Macintosh that allows you to view, capture and edit video, and create stop-motion animations. It also has advanced capture features such as time lapse, motion detection, and DV input/output. It works with any Macintosh compatible video input source such as video input cards, TV cards, built-in video, USB, DV, and FireWire video sources.

BTV Pro is available as a classic application for Mac OS 8 and 9, and also a Carbonized application that runs natively under Mac OSX (the Carbon version also runs under Mac OS 8.6 or later with CarbonLib).

BTV Pro has all the features of BTV in addition to those described below.

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Key Features of Mac Video Capture

Movie playback and editing

  • Once you have captured a movie you can open it in BTV Pro for playback and editing. Movies are displayed in their own windows with a standard QuickTime controller bar.
  • The movie can be played back either in its window, or full screen on the entire monitor.
  • You can use the controller bar to select portions of the movie and simple copy-and-paste or click-and-drag operations to edit the movie. You can also open image files and add them to the movie, or easily add frames from the video input.
  • There is an optional floating window that displays movie time code and frame count. This information is updated as the movie plays, and new values can be entered to jump to a particular point in the movie.

Exporting movies

  • You can use BTV Pro's movie export feature to recompress the movie using different compression settings, adjust the frame rate, temporal compression, sound settings, and also add filters (for example sharpen, emboss, grain, colour balance, blur, etc).
  • The export feature can also be used to produce a DV stream, to extract the video or sound track, to create separate image files from a movie, or to created a hinted movie file suitable for streaming.

Stop-motion animation

  • BTV Pro has many features for creating stop motion animations. You can capture individual image files (BTV Pro will save and number them automatically as you go) and then compose them all into a movie later.
  • Or you can create a new movie and add individual frames to it, and instantly play back and edit what you have created. There is also an onion skin feature available that displays the last captured frame over the current video input so that you can accurately see changes between frames.
  • There is a floating window on hand that helps you keep track on the number of frames you are capturing.

DV video input/output

  • BTV Pro has extensive features for capture and output of DV video.

DV device control

  • BTV Pro includes full DV device control via a floating window.

Frame averaging

  • To create a noise-free image, the frame averaging feature takes a number of frames from the video input and averages them together to produce a single image. This can significantly reduce, or even eliminate, the noise in the video signal. This works because the image is constant but the noise is quickly varying so over several frames it averages to zero.
  • This is useful in a number of situations such as capturing noise-free still images from a digital camera, capturing clean images from a noisy VHS video, or even to remove a moving element in a video sequence. See the following example of noise removal.

Time lapse capture

  • The time lapse feature is useful for scheduling the capture of many frames over a period of time, giving precise control over frequency and duration of the capture. For example this feature could be used to record a movie of the sunrise by capturing a frame every few seconds for the duration of the sunrise, or it could be useful for quickly creating an animation.

Motion detection

  • This feature constantly analyses the video input and will only capture video when there is motion. The settings are fully adjustable so that it can be used with a variety of different subjects.

Folder Viewer

  • BTV Pro has a built in Folder Viewer feature that allows you to view resizable thumbnails of all the image files in a folder. You can then rename and delete the files straight from the Folder Viewer. This is a very useful tool for managing large numbers of images files.

AppleScript

  • In addition to the basic AppleScript commands described in the BTV Overview section, BTV Pro has commands to control movie playback, output to FireWire, adding frames to a movie, and more.

 

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