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Saving Your Video

Once a video is finished (a finished version is in the project folder; Finished_Project11.mov), it can be distributed for the enjoyment of others and the deep satisfaction of the creator. iMovie provides a number of avenues of distribution, but before turning your attention to sharing, you should explore the most important output option available—creating an archive.

Unlike music, video is remarkably large relative to typical hard-disk storage capacity. At 5 minutes of video per gigabyte, finished video in even a small collection can overwhelm a typical Mac. Consequently, archiving video is imperative. While it's great to be able to burn DVDs and CD-ROMs, put videos on the Internet, and even email them, all of these methods are for distribution—they take the high quality of your digital video and squeeze it down to fit into a given format. The quality of a true archive needs to be as high as you can manage; the perfect archive for your videos is back in the digital videotape format from which they came.


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