Review and Edit a Recording in Personal Capture for Mac

Personal Capture (PCAP) allows you to review any recording you've made, and contains some basic editing functions that allow you to trim or cut out portions of the recording as needed.

Review a recording

Trim the ends of a recording

Cut one or more segments out of a recording

Reinstating cut segments

Permanently applying changes

Review a recording

Reviewing and editing is done in the View/Edit screen of Personal Capture. This allows you to review the original recording as well as review the edited version before applying the final edits.

Keep in mind that you can make changes, review those changes, then apply successful edits as you go. That way if you make a change you like, you can save those changes, then re-open the recording for editing.

The view/edit screen appears automatically when a recording is stopped. Otherwise it is accessed from the My Recordings list.

To open the view/edit screen

  1. Navigate to the My Recordings list.
    Depending on your preferences settings, My Recordings may appear when you launch PCAP or you may need to click Go to My Recordings from the Welcome screen.
    PCAP my recordings list with multple recordings listed
  2. Select the recording you want to review or edit from the list.
  3. Click View/Edit.
  4. Use the playback control buttons to view and/or listen to the recording.
    The playback buttons and volume control are located in the bottom-left, below the preview pane of the View/Edit screen.

    Playback

If you have made temporary edits, those edits are reflected in the playback, so you can review the changes and made adjustments as needed before applying final edits.

Trim the ends of a recording

You may want to trim off the beginning and end of a presentation, to remove the preparation or closing actions, or perhaps a false start for the recording.

The trim function is useful because it lets you re-do the beginning without having to stop and generate a new recording.

Helpful Tip: Play the recording to find the location from which you want the final capture to start, then use the location of the playhead (identified in the below figure) to show where your opening trim marker should go. Do the same for the end of the recording, to determine where you want it to stop.

To trim (remove) the beginning and end of a recording

  1. If necessary, select the recording to be edited from the My Recordings list and click View/Edit. The view/edit screen appears automatically after stopping a recording.
    PCAP editing window with trim markers and playhead identified as described
  2. Drag the left slider Trim Left button  in (toward the right) to trim the beginning of the recording.
  3. Drag the right slider Trim Right  in (toward the left) to trim the end of the recording.
  4. Play the recording with the trims in place to see how the recording opens and/or ends.
  5. If necessary, make adjustments to the trim slider locations. As suggested in the Tip above, you can play and pause the recording to put the playhead at the location where you want the trim markers to go.
  6. If you need to remove your changes, click Clear Cuts. This removes ALL changes and reverts to the recording you started with.
  7. If you are happy with the trim changes, click Apply Edits to save your changes. Apply Edits makes your changes permanent.
    You will receive a confirmation dialog box for applying your changes.
    confirmation dialog box for applying edits and saving changes to recording
  8. After applying edits, the My Recordings screen appears as the changes are applied to the recording. Once finished, the recording is listed as Edited.
    My recordings list showing editing recording

Cut one or more segments out of a recording

The PCAP editor lets you cut segments from the recording. If you had to change materials in the middle of the recording, or move the camera to capture a different scene, you can simply cut these actions out of the recording.

The cut segments function is useful because it lets you perform activities without pausing the recording, or alternately to cut out the recorded actions that invoked the pause/resume actions.

Helpful Tip: Play the recording to find the location where you want to place the first cut, pause at that location, then click the mark-in button (left triangle next to the scissors). This places the beginning of the cut at the location of the playhead. Click Play again, then pause and do the same with the mark-out button. This is an easy way to identify both ends of a segment to cut out or remove.

To cut segments out of a recording

NOTE: You can mark only one cut at a time. Click Cut (the scissors button) to temporarily apply each cut. This frees up the markers to identify another segment to cut. No changes are final until you click Apply Edits.

  1. If necessary, select the recording to be edited from the My Recordings list and click View/Edit. The view/edit screen appears automatically after stopping a recording.
    PCAP edit window with playhead and mark-in mark-out buttons identified
  2. Mark the segment you want cut, using the playhead and mark-in/mark-out buttons as described in the Tip above, or slide the mark-in/mark-out sliders to the proper locations.
  3. Click Cut (the scissors button). RELAX! This is a temporary cut. No edits are final until you select to Apply Edits. But you must cut each segment separately to free-up the markers for another segment.
    Trim Button
  4. The cut area now appears gray in the timeline. At this point you can mark and cut another segment by repeating the above two steps.
    PCAP editor showing multiple cut segments
  5. Play the recording with the cuts in place.
  6. If you are not happy with the edits made, you have the following choices:  
  7. If you are happy with the cuts, click Apply Edits to save your changes. Apply Edits makes your changes permanent.
    You will receive a confirmation dialog box for applying your changes.
    confirmation dialog box for applying edits and saving changes to recording
  8. After applying edits, the My Recordings screen appears as the changes are applied to the recording. Once finished, the recording is listed as Edited.

Reinstating cut segments

All changes you make to a recording can be reverted or "undone" up until the point you click Apply Edits.

Undoing trims to the ends of the recording are reverted by sliding the trim sliders back to their original locations.

Reverting cut segments is performed as follows:

 

NOTE: This only reverts the cut segments to their original state; it does not alter any trim changes made to the recording.

Permanently applying changes

  1. Click Apply Edits.
    As indicated by the confirmation dialog box that appears, this makes your changes permanent. Once applied these edits cannot be undone.
    apply edits confirmation dialog box as described
  2. Click OK.

After applying edits, the My Recordings screen appears as the changes are applied to the recording. Once finished, the recording is listed as Edited.

My recordings list showing editing recording