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14.12. iMovie HD

If you have a digital camcorder (MiniDV, Digital8, or high-definition format) and a few hours of free time—all right, a few weekends of it—iMovie helps you make astonishingly high-quality, fully edited movies. Digital video is great; you can transfer the footage back and forth between the Mac and the camcorder a hundred times, but you'll never see any deterioration in quality.

14.12.1. Phase 1: Set Up iMovie

The first time you run iMovie, it asks you whether you want to open an existing iMovie file (called a project) or start a new one. After that, each time you launch iMovie, it automatically opens up the movie you most recently worked on.


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