I was asked by a friend to do some VHS tape digitization of a buuunch of home movies. My ideal solution to do this would be using my BlackMagic Intensity Extreme (Not Shuttle, though they are very similar I’m sure) to capture straight into Adobe Premiere CC 2019 on my Macbook Pro via my VCR’s HDMI out to the Intensity Extreme’s HDMI in. For some reason, I absolutely cannot get the Blackmagic device to display a signal in Premiere’s capture window. I have gone into the playback settings, set the video and audio devices to BlackMagic Intensity Extreme (the software actually detects it just fine), tried adjusting the capture formats to both DV and HDV, tried toggling “Device Control” on and off, which I’ve read isn’t used by all capture hardware, but some requires it to be detected by Premiere. I have even tried switching to component, but that still doesn’t do anything. No matter what, when I’m actually in the capture window, it just acts like there is no device connected, even though it is being detected in the “video devices” under playback settings, which makes me think that all the plugins should be installed correctly.
I am at a total loss. Currently I am stuck using my backup capture device, a Grass Valley Canopus ADVC-110, but that only has S-Video and composite I/O, and the quality is noticeably worse. I really want to figure out how to use my preferred method because I want these transfers to look good. They are extremely sentimental to my friend and likely the only time they will ever be transferred. Using BM Media Express is out of the question. The files it makes are gigantic, and after capturing for more than 10 minutes, I get random frame drops very frequently, making the footage unwatchable. I just captured an entire 3 hours of footage straight into Adobe Premiere via my ADVC-110 with no dropped frames, I really want to say that the culprit is Media Express and it is so endlessly frustrating that it’s the only thing I can get the Blackmagic Hardware to actually work with. Has anyone had any luck figuring this issue out? Surely I’m not the only one.
2013 Macbook Pro running High Sierra 10.13.6
2.6 GHz Intel Core i5
8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
Black Magic Intensity Extreme (2011?) Thunderbolt version
Adobe Premiere 2019 CC
Blackmagic Desktop Video 11.5 (latest version as of Feb 2020)
Grass Valley Canopus ADVC-110