How to use the Studio 16 and Avid Studio Importer


The Import (capture) process has been consolidated into one tool for acquiring assets (audio/video/photo) from tape-based camcorders, external file-based camcorders, digital still cameras, webcams, solid state devices, hard disc drive, optical disc etc over USB and IEEE 1394 as applicable. All content can be imported using the Importer tool. The image below shows the Importer with a 710 USB connected. The Importer has the following main sections:

Import From: This is where you select the device or location will import media from. This includes any hardware that is compatible with Studio. External hard drives, Cam Camcorders, flash drives etc. For more information on what you can import from see this FAQ, For more information on the ‘Import From’ Panel, see the manual.

Import To: This where you choose the location where the imported Media is being stored. For more information on the ‘Import To’ panel, see the manual.

Mode: This is where you can change presets such as the capture format and scene detection options. For more information ‘Mode Panel’, see the Manual.

File Name: You can change the name of the file to be created. For more information on the ‘File Name’ Panel see the Manual.

Metadata: used to have the imported data go into a collection or to be tagged. For more information on TAGs see this FAQ. For more information on the‘Metadata’ Panel please see the Manual.

The following section will give information on the specific type of Import you want to do.

Analog Capture:

Analog Capture includes capture from any analog device through one of our capture devices (710-USB, 510, USB, DVC 100, DVC 170, etc). Any capture or Import device compatible with Avid Studio would show up in the Import from Section.

For a full list of Hardware Studio supports click here.

See the Studio Manual for more information on Analog capture.

DV / HDV Capture:

DV and HDV Capture include capture from any DV or HDV camcorder. DV and HDV Camcorders will show up in the Import from Section.

See the Studio Manual for more information on DV/HDV Capture.

AVCHD / DVD / Blu-ray Import:

DVD Import includes capture from any non copy protected DVD. This can include DVDs created by camcorders that record onto a DVD.

See the Studio Manual for more information on disk import.

Other Devices:

Other Devices includes non-tape-based devices that store video or images. This can include still images cameras, AVCHD camcorders, SD cards, flash drives, etc. Here is a screenshot of Other Devices with a Kodak still image camera connected.

See the Studio Manual for more information on capturing from other devices.

Stop Motion Capture:

Stop Motion Capture is a new feature added to Studio version 14 which allows the user to capture sequential frames and then combine these frames into a single video file. An example of Stop Motion Capture is in "Claymation" to create animation out of stationary objects.

See the Studio Manual for more information on Stop Motion Capture.


This tool allows a user to import snapshots directly from an external video source such as a DV Camcorder. In previous Studio versions this option was available using the Frame Grabber tool in the Edit mode. This is similar to the Stop Motion tool except that the images are not necessarily meant to be sequential frames. The images are always imported as stills, never as video. The screenshot below shows the Snapshot tool selected. In this case the video is coming in from a Sony DV Camcorder. In order to grab a frame, click the "Capture Frame" button.

See the Studio Manual for more information on how to import Snapshots.

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