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Chapter 29. Now for the Fun Stuff! Compu... > Editing Your Home Videos - Pg. 282

Now for the Fun Stuff! Computer Gadgets and Gizmos 282 If your computer has a CD-R drive, you can transfer your MP3 music clips to a CD using a program called a CD burner and play your custom CD in any audio CD player. A CD burner typically provides options for dupli- cating an audio CD or transferring only selected tracks to a CD. You'll get better results using high-quality CD- R discs rather than CD-RW discs. Check out Roxio's Easy CD Creator at or Ahead Software's Nero at What You Need to Get Started You can approach digital video from two different directions, depending on how much you have invested in an older camcorder, how many old tapes you have, and how much money you're willing to spend. If you don't have a camcorder or old tapes and you have some cash on hand, purchase a digital camcorder and start filming. Digital camcorders record video in a much higher resolution than analog VHS or 8mm camcorders, and the digital clips won't lose quality when copied to your computer. (The quality of video clips recorded with analog camcorders suffers when they are con- verted from an analog to a digital format.) When shopping for a digital camcorder, you need to think about how you will connect the camcorder to your computer. Most digital camcorders have an IEEE-1394 (FireWire) or USB connector. If your computer does not have an IEEE-1394 or USB port, you will need to install an expansion board to add the required port. Techno Talk