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Chapter 29. Now for the Fun Stuff! Compu... > Editing Your Home Videos - Pg. 283

Now for the Fun Stuff! Computer Gadgets and Gizmos 283 (Photo courtesy of Dazzle, Inc.) Figure 29.4. An analog-to-digital converter lets you connect a camcorder or VCR to your computer. Video capture boards and external units have special ports that enable you to connect your cam- corder to your computer. They typically capture video at a rate of 15 or more frames per second, and they do a fairly good job of converting your analog clips into a digital format. If you're looking for a way to convert your collection of old camcorder or VHS tapes into a digital format and store them on CDs, this is the way to go. Capturing and Saving Your Clips Your digital camcorder or video capture device probably came with its own program for recording and editing your video footage. Most of these programs are similar and follow the same overall procedure for recording and editing video. Here's a quick overview of the process: Connect your camcorder or VCR to the video capture device. Run your video recording program and enter the command to start recording. Use your camcorder or VCR controls to play the video you want to record. When you're ready to stop recording, enter the command to stop recording and press the Stop button on the camcorder or VCR. The video recording program chops the recording into clips to make them more manageable. It displays a thumbnail view of each clip. 5. Trim the clips to retain only the portion of the clip you want to include in your custom video. 6. Arrange the clips in the order in which you want them played. (This typically consists of dragging and dropping the thumbnail version of each clip on a timeline bar.) 7. Add background music, if desired. 8. Add transitions between clips. For example, you can have a clip fade out at the end and fade into the next clip. 9. Save your movie to your hard drive. 10. Record your movie to a CD or tape, or e-mail the movie clip. Windows Me includes its own video recording and editing software (Windows Movie Maker), so let's use it to run through the basics. If you have Windows Me, open the Start, Programs, Accessories menu, and click Windows Movie Maker. Windows Movie Maker appears. Figure 29.5 shows Movie Maker in action. Use Movie Maker's Help system to learn how to record and edit your own videos. 1. 2. 3. 4.