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Chapter 7. Importing Footage > Importing Clips

Importing Clips

Getting footage into iMovie is a snap: connect your digital camcorder to your Mac via FireWire, and start importing. You don’t even need to shut down your Mac to plug in the FireWire cable (as we needed to do in the days of SCSI devices). Your only practical limitation is space on your hard drive—make sure you have plenty (see the sidebar on the next page).

To connect via FireWire:

1.
Quit iMovie if it’s running. Apple recommends quitting iMovie before you plug or unplug FireWire cables. This step isn’t essential—I’ve had no problems with iMovie 3 recognizing my camcorder—but it’s not a bad idea anyway.

2.
Plug the FireWire cable into the Mac and the camcorder.

3.
Switch the camcorder to VCR or Play mode.

4.
Launch iMovie. If you don’t have a project file yet, create a new one and name it. The Monitor switches to Camera mode and displays “Camera Connected” (Figure 7.1).

Figure 7.1. Connecting the camera to your Mac via FireWire automatically switches iMovie’s Monitor to Camera mode.



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