The act of recording the contents of a video tape into a digital file. If the material to be captured is a single frame of a videotape, then the resulting data can be stored in a single image file, such as a TIFF or PICT file. This is sometimes called a "frame grab." In order to capture a motion segment of a video clip, one must store it in a digital video format such as QuickTime or AVI. A captured digital video clip can then be edited and played back on a computer without the benefit of a video tape device.