This tutorial will guide you through the steps required for a live capture with the Live workspace of Dartfish software


Pre-requisites: have one or several video sources connected to the computer. For more information consult the article What devices can I use to get live video.



Single camera recording

  1. Open the Live workspace and select Tag Video
  2. Click on Setup
  3. Click on the camera name to watch the preview of the camera and tick the box to select the camera for the recording
  4. You can edit the name of the camera, select the folder in which the recording will be saved and an estimation of the remaining recording time available on the drive is displayed. If your camera allows it, you can also change the streaming format properties by clicking on Video Format (e.g. resolution, frame rate, bit rate, etc...)
  5. When the camera is selected click on Close to come back to the Live workspace. You will now see an icon representing the selected camera next to the Setup button. Place the cursor on top of the icon to check the status of the camera. Next to it is an icon that indicates the remaining storage place on your drive
  6. Enter the title of the recording and a description in the Title bar. 
  7. You can add keywords to the recording by using the text box of the tagging panel. More information is available on the Tagging tutorial.
  8. Start the recording by clicking on the red circle above the video player. A timer and a red rectangle on the player show that the recording is in progress
  9. It is possible to rewatch video while continuing to record by navigating on the timeline
  10. The tagging panel is available on the right of the screen. Events tagged are displayed below the video
  11. Stop the recording by clicking on the red square on top of the video
  12. Once the recording is stopped, the Presenter mode is automatically opened and offers the possibility to quickly check the recording video. 
  13. Two advanced settings can disable or enable the timer when clicking on Stop recording and the automatic opening of the presenter mode. They are available under Tools > Options > Advanced


Multi-cameras Recording (Pro S required)

It is possible to record up to 4 cameras at the same time using the Dartfish Pro S software. The recording creates a multi-views document linking the cameras and the tags together. When this document is opened in Dartfish, all the cameras are displayed and synchronized.

The process is similar to the single camera recording:

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  3. Up to 4 cameras can be selected in the Setup page. Only simlar devices and video profiles are supported for multi-camera recordings
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  5. It is possible to display each camera separately or all cameras at the same time. The cameras are defined as A, B, C and D based on the order they have been selected in point 3.
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A multi-cameras recording creates a Dartfish multi-views document. In Dartfish software, this document will appear as one single item in the tray. One dartclip and one video per camera are created. In addition, one notebook is also created and contains the synchronization between the videos. Opening one video or the notebook will always open the multi-views document as a whole.



Multi-views document in the trayItems of a 4-cameras multi-views document in Windows Explorer

More information about the multi-views document here



Tag Video versus Tag On-field Action


On top of the Live workspace, two different capture mode are available: Tag Video and Tag On-field Action:

  1. Tag Video is focused on video tagging. This mode is centered around a video player displaying the live recording. The user tags the events and can rewatch actions while continuing to record. This mode requires at least one camera to start a recording
  2. Tag On-field Action is focused on the tagged data. This mode changes the layout of the software so that the video player is removed and gives more space for the tagging panel and data reports. It is still possible to record a camera in this mode, but it is not mandatory.