How To Print a Movie as Videotape With Premiere

Gone are the days of videotapes, such as Betamax, VHS and VCR, due the spawning of digitalized video cameras.  What you have right now are movies stored at your 500 gig passport (external memory), instead of having a cabinet-full collection of videotapes. Undoubtedly, technology today gives you better watching experience with blu-ray players, high definition flat screen TVs (HD TV) and 6.1 surround sound systems.  

But if you still have your videotape players and if you want to reminisce on the memorable times that you’ve used such players, then continue reading this article and learn how to transfer a digital movie to your video tape using Adobe Premiere.

  • Purchase Adobe Premiere.  Get or purchase the latest Adobe Premiere from the internet or from any computer shop near your place.  Adobe Premiere is a software which allows you to edit movies or other video clips.  In all probabilities, Adobe Premiere is compatible with your computer’s operating system (unless, of course, you’re still using obsolete 386 or 486 computers, which is very unlikely).  
  • Prepare the movie or video clip that you want to transfer to videotape.  For obvious reasons, you don’t want to waste your time and energy in transferring a movie to a video tape.  So might as well decisively choose what you want to record on videotape.
  • Compile the movie file with Premiere.  Before you can compile the video file, select “movie” from the icon “make” in Construction Window.  From here, you have two options: “work area” or “entire project.”  If you want to work with the entire file, then select “entire project” by left clicking the” options” icon or button.  Do not worry if it takes too long to compile the movie. The average time of compiling a 5 minute clip is 20 minutes.  To make sure that your movie has already been compiled, play it with clip window. If it plays properly, then compilation is done.
  • Connect your videotape player to your computer.  Check the user-manual of your video player, and follow the instructions on how to connect it to your computer. This may vary depending on the kind and make of the video device that you are using.  Just see to it that it is correctly connected, and its driver is properly installed, only if needed.
  • Have it viewed before printing.  To make sure that the video and audio of the movie are properly set, preview it first selecting the “file” menu on the Construction Window. From here, select “export,” then click print to video.  Just make sure that either the videotape is not yet inside the video device, or the video device is not yet turned on, because if it is, then the transferring process will begin after you click print to video.
  • Print the video.  After you’re satisfied with the preview, then it’s time for you to actually transfer it to a videotape.  Repeat the steps enumerated under “Have it viewed before printing,” but this time, the video device should be turned on and properly connected to the computer and an empty recordable videotape is inserted in the device.


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