Getting Media from the Camera to the Hard Drive The concept of capture in digital video is a nomenclature predominantly left over from days gone
by. Capture or digitizing is actually done at the camera when you’re dealing with digital formats
such as DV, HDV, XDCAM, and advanced video codec-high definition (AVCHD). Transferring
media from the camcorder to the computer is really just a data transfer. Nothing is done to the
media as it’s being transferred from one digital storage device to another. Compression has
already occurred in the camcorder/recording device stage, whereas in the old days with analog
video, the camera captured uncompressed images and the capture card would compress the video
into a data stream that the computer could manage.