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Exporting Your Projects to Videotape 290 After you have connected the PowerBook to a VCR, you can record its output directly on the VCR. If you want to record the same image that is displayed on the PowerBook's screen, you can use video mirroring to make the displays the same. Or you can treat the output to the VCR as a second monitor. TIP You can use the same setup to connect the output of the PowerBook to use a television as a second monitor. Just set up the system so that the television takes its input from the VCR. The signal from the PowerBook will play through the VCR and will appear on the television. You can also connect the PowerBook directly to a television if you only want to display the image rather than record it. You can use similar techniques to connect the output of an iBook to a VCR. For example, newer iBooks have an A/V port that you can connect to a VCR or television. To learn how to do this, check out the documentation that came with the iBook (there is too much variation in iBook models for me to be able to include details here). Connecting a Power Mac to a VCR If you have a Mac capable of accepting a PCI graphics card, you can add a graphics card to enable you to output to a VCR or television. Most PCI graphics cards include an S-video or RCA video output port through which your Mac can output a signal. NOTE A great benefit of adding a second graphics card is that you can use two monitors at the same time. While covering the variety of graphics cards is beyond the scope of this book, some simple research on your favorite Web retail site (such as will turn up several from which you can choose. Installing a PCI graphics card is a simple task that usually takes just a few minutes (most of the time required is to connect and disconnect your existing cables). After the card is installed, you connect its video output to the video input on the VCR. Then connect the Mac's audio output to the audio input on the VCR. NOTE Just like a PowerBook, you might need an S-video to RCA adapter to be able to connect to the video output of the graphics card to the video input on the VCR. You will also need a stereo mini-jack adapter to connect your Mac's audio output to the audio input on the VCR. Recording Your Mac's Output to VHS After your Mac is connected to a VCR, configure it to record. You can choose to have the output to VCR be the same as what is displayed on your primary monitor, which is called video mirroring, or you can have the two outputs be independent. (For help configuring multiple monitors, see my book Special Edition Using Mac OS X). After you have configured your Mac's output, you simply need to make the action that you want to record happen on the appropriate display (your Mac's main display if you use video mirroring, or on the second graphics card if you aren't using video mirroring). Some examples are the following: · Play a QuickTime movie. (To make the movie fill the screen, use the Present movie comment.) · Perform a task on your desktop and record your actions on videotape. · Show the output of another application, such as a PowerPoint presentation. To record the content on videotape, do the following steps.