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It will depend on the system and software you’re using but in the iMovie environment, connected via firewire or USB with a compatible camcorder or player, you should be able to rewind, fast forward, stop and/or play your clip from the hard drive source just as you would have done with your tapes, selecting the in and out points, or manually setting your preview at the point where you want to begin recording then manually (if batch control isn’t available to you) end the recording. You should be able to then fast forward to your next in point and repeat the process.
Of course if your program offers batch recording capabilities you should be able to set your desired in and out points then hit your go or start button and all your desired clips should be captured into your system.
Most of us seem inclined to ingest ALL the footage so we have access to everything (those of us fortunate enough to have large storage and powerful systems where many gigs of content is no problem) and can make editing calls on the fly in addition to the initial rough cuts we select from all the footage. I realize this isn’t always possible, as you said about saving (conserving) your hard drive space on your PC.
If your system, as it seems you are saying, doesn’t allow you to recognize the capture window option, perhaps there are preference settings or other connection modifications you need to look for in the manual.