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234 Chapter 11. Adding Video and Sound from Movies or Television Shows to Your Digital Lifestyle Projects Since it is already Chapter 11, it's time for true confessions. I admit it--I am a television and movie nut (of course, I'm only crazy about certain movies and television shows, but the few that I do like, I really like). Of course, being a technology geek, I am required by law to enjoy all the science fiction classics, such as Star Trek , Star Wars , Babylon 5 , The Terminator series, and so on. But I like lots of other great movies and television shows as well, such as Braveheart , Gladiator , Henry the Fifth, and so on. For me, one of the most fun parts of the digital lifestyle is capturing great lines, sounds, images, or even entire scenes from my favorite movies and television shows to use in my digital lifestyle projects or to accent my desktop. If you enjoy any movies or television shows, I'll show you how to do this. (If you don't like any movies or television shows, you might want to skip to Chapter 12 now...) NOTE Before you start capturing content from VHS or DVD sources, you need to make sure that you remain aware of copyright issues. All content on commercially produced VHS or DVD is copyrighted in one form or another. Almost all content that you record from television sources is also copyrighted. This means that you need to be very careful about extracting this content and using it in your own projects, which is the whole point of this chapter. As I mentioned before, you are probably okay if you use this content only for your own amuse- ment (this is usually referred to as "for your own use"). As soon as you start distributing such material, such as posting movies that include copyrighted material on the Web, you move onto dangerous ground from the legal perspective. Just respect material that other people have created as you would want your own work to be respected and you should be fine. A good rule of thumb is that if you are going to distribute a project so that more than one or two people can access it, don't include any material in it that is copyrighted by someone else--unless you have written permission to do so. What You Need for This Project To capture and use audio and video content from movies or television shows, you can use the following items: · · · · · VCR DVD player DV camera DVD ripping software Snapz Pro X on a Mac that has an NVidia graphics card