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System Requirements
Operating System: Windows XP or higherProcessor: 1 GHz processor or higher
Memory: 1 GB RAM required (2 GB recommended)
Hard Drive: 20 MB Free
Display: 1024 x 768 (or higher)
Other Recommended Hardware
Printer (for printing reports)
DVD Writer (for making movies)
Additional Hard Drive Space (for storing videos)
QuikScout Digital Editing Startup Guide
QuikScout software accepts AVI and WMV formats so your videos must be converted to that format for using in the editing software.  There are a few different ways that video can be brought into the computer using that format depending on the kind of camera you are using.
Mini DV Camera
Mini DV is slowly going away as is firewire with PCs but for those of you still using it, Mini DV is the easiest way to get video into your computer in the exact format (DV-AVI) that our software is most compatible. With Mini DV, you can easily plug your camera into your computer using a firewire cable. Your computer needs to have the firewire on it also.
The nice thing about firewire is that you can use an Analog to Digital converter box to capture from any video source that has Yellow/White/Red outputs on.
For more information on the addition hardware using Firewire, check below:
Analog to Digital Converter
Firewire Port for my Computer
Mini DV Camera
Windows Movie Maker is the easiest way to capture video using Firewire but capturing as a DV-AVI is only support through Windows Movie Maker version 2.6. Windows 7 is currently shipping with Windows Movie Maker Live, which is the next version up. You cannot capture as DV-AVI with that. If you are using Windows 7, you can download, install and use Windows Movie Maker 2.6 on your Windows 7 computer and use it.
Windows Movie Maker 2.6 Download
Demo video on using the Mini-DV or Converter box with Windows Movie Maker 2.6 to capture video for QuikScout software:
Hard Drive Camera
Hard Drive Cameras are tricky because the video on a Hard Drive camera is recorded in an MPEG format which isn’t easily used by Windows. You have a couple different options with this.
Video on a Hard Drive camera is generally filmed in clips so while you’re recording your game, each time you hit pause, a new clip is created on your camera. When you plug your camera into the computer using a USB cable, you will be able to see those clips. In order to use the video with the QuikScout software, the video needs to be converted to an AVI or WMV. The easiest way to do this is install the software on your computer that came with the Hard Drive camera and open the video in that. Usually that software has some kind of Save as or Convert Video option. Go into your program, select this option and make sure you choose DV-AVI, AVI or WMV as the video format.
If you’re using Windows 7, you may also be able to use Windows Movie Maker Live to convert your video to WMV. Open Windows Movie Maker Live and drag the video files from your camera into Movie Maker Live. Drag them down onto the Timeline at the bottom of the screen and look for the Publish or Save Movie option. When doing this, make sure you choose AVI (if available) or WMV.
Once the movie has been converted, it’s ready to be edited with the QuikScout Software.
If you have Firewire and an Analog to Digital Converter box, you can capture using Windows Movie Maker 2.6. For more information on this, check out the hardware section:
And for using these to capture video, check out:
DVDs are usually the toughest because DVD Videos cannot be edited while the video is still on the DVD. The video has to be ripped then converted to AVI or WMV. You can use the Firewire and Analog to Digital Converter box to do this. It’s probably the easiest way to do it. Refer to the two links up above for information on how to do this. You can also get a third party ripping program to do the work for you. With third party ripping software, you can easily rip and convert the DVD to a format usable for QuikScout software.
Some available rippers include:
www.bitripper.com (Free Download)
www.aimersoft.com/dvd-ripper.html (free trial, but $30 to purchase)
Internet Video Trading
A lot of schools are going to the sharing online way of trading videos. If this is the case, the video needs to be in an AVI or WMV format once it’s downloaded. If it’s not, you can easily convert it using Windows Movie Maker (old and new).
Your sharing site may also offer these formats at possible downloads.
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