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Capturing Content from VHS > Connecting a DV Camera to a VCR - Pg. 236

Adding Video and Sound from Movies or Television Shows to Your Digital Life- 236 style Projects 2. Connect the output of the VCR to the input of your DV camera. 3. Use the DV camera to record the segments containing the content that you want to use. 4. Import that content into iMovie. NOTE Some VHS content is copy-protected and your DV camera won't be able to record it prop- erly. When you attempt to record a copy-protected VHS tape, wavy lines and other artifacts will usually destroy the image, and the images will usually appear in black-and-white. The images from a copy-protected VHS tape will generally be unusable. In such cases, you will probably have to resort to a digitizing system in order to be able to capture that content on your Mac (digitizing systems are beyond the scope of this book). However, you can usually capture good quality audio from VHS tapes, even if they are copy-protected. Obtaining VHS Content If you are going to use a commercially recorded VHS tape to capture content, you don't need to do anything to obtain the content--assuming that you have the tape that contains the material you want to use. If you are going to record the content yourself, record it as you would record anything else. TIP Using a VCR to record content is straightforward; however, one setting that you should check is the recording speed. Make sure that you choose the SP or standard option for recording. This option uses more videotape, but the quality of the recording will be better and thus the quality of the content you capture will also be better. (Most VCRs have at least two recording speed settings. The standard setting records less on a given tape length, while the extended play setting records more on a given tape length. However, the standard