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Creating Movies with Windows Movie Maker 134 This chapter tells you what equipment you need for Movie Maker to do its thing, how to record footage, how to edit it into a crowd-pleasing shape, and how to distribute the final product. What Hardware Do You Need to Use Movie Maker? Before I answer the question that forms the title of this section, let me first say that you don't nec- essarily need any extra hardware to use Movie Maker. That's because the program is perfectly happy to work with existing digital video files. As you'll see a bit later, it's possible to import video files into Movie Maker and then play with them as you see fit. In fact, Movie Maker can deal with video files in all of the following formats: · · · · · Advanced Streaming Format (also known as ASF) Motion Picture Experts Group (MPEG or MPG) Video for Windows (AVI) Windows Movie File (WMF) Windows Media Video (WMV; this is the format that Movie Maker uses when it saves your movies) Besides all that, Movie Maker can also import many of the image file formats discussed in Chapter 8, "Playing with Pictures," the sound file formats I rambled on about in Chapter 11, "Sights and Sounds: Music and Other Multimedia," and also PowerPoint presentations and slides. However, if it's your own video footage you're after, then you need to attach a video device to your computer. How you do this depends on what type of device you have and what type of attachment (port or jacks) your computer has: · If you have an analog camcorder, VCR, or TV and your computer has a video capture card --Analog camcorders, VCRs, and TVs usually output composite video and audio using three RCA-style jacks, which are almost always color-coded: yellow for the video and red and white for the audio. If your computer has a separate video capture card or a graphics card that's capable of capturing video, then you'll see the corresponding yellow, red, and white jacks on the back of your computer. (Some cards have a separate cable that has the RCA jacks on it; see Figure 12.1.) In this case, you need to use the appropriate cable (usually supplied with the card) to attach the camcorder or VCR to your computer, as shown in Figure 12.1. Some newer cam- corders, VCRs, and TVs have an SVideo jack that outputs both audio and video, but you need a corresponding SVideo input jack on your computer's video card.