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Chapter 3. iMovie > Videocamera option

Videocamera option

An easy way to share a movie with others is to copy the edited movie onto a tape in your video camera. You can then connect the camera to a TV and show it, or connect the camera to any computer with video editing software to show it in the preview window (it's the same as previewing raw footage). You can also connect your video camera to a VHS tape recorder and record to a VHS tape. Or you can send the tape from the camera to someone so they can play it on their own TV or computer. They can even show it on their video camera's LCD screen.

1.
Put a blank video tape in your camera, or make sure the tape is positioned at a point where you will not record over other footage.

2.
Connect the camera to your computer with a FireWire cable.

3.
Put the camera in VTR mode (sometimes called VCR mode) or “Play” mode. Do not use “Record” or “Camera” mode.

4.
In the iMovie File menu, choose “Share….”

5.
In the “Videocamera” sheet (shown below), set how many seconds of black to record before the movie, and how many seconds of black to record after the movie.

6.
Click the “Share” button. If your movie contains scenes that have slow motion, fast motion, or reversed effects, iMovie will tell you that it needs to render those scenes before it can export the movie.


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