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Meet iMovie HD Apple only fanned the fames when it released iMovie 2 in July 2000 (for $50), iMovie 3 in January 2003 (for free), and iMovie 4 in January 2004 (part of the $50 iLife package). Meet iMovie HD iMovie is video-editing software. Over a special wire (a FireWire cable), iMovie grabs a copy of the raw footage from your digital camcorder. Then it lets you edit this video easily, quickly, and creatively. iMovie is the world's least expensive version of what the Hollywood pros call nonlinear editing software for video, just like its much more powerful (and much more complex) rivals, like Final Cut Express ($300), Final Cut Pro ($1,000), and Avid editing suites ($100,000). The "nonlinear" part is that no tape is involved while you're editing. There's no rewinding or fast-forwarding; you jump instantly to any piece of footage as you put your movie together. Your interest in video may be inspired by any number of ambitions. Maybe you want to create professional looking shows for your local cable station's public-access channel. Or you aspire to create the next Blair Witch Project (which was created by nonprofes- sionals using a camcorder and nonlinear editing software) or the next Tarnation, an iMovie project that was a hit at the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals. On the other hand, maybe all you want to do is make better home movies--much, much better home movies. Either way, iMovie can accommodate you. The world of video is exploding. People are giving each other tapes and DVDs instead of greeting cards. People are watching each other via video on their Web sites. People are quitting their daily-grind jobs to become videographers for hire, making money flming weddings and creating living video scrapbooks. Video, in other words, is fast becoming a new standard document format for the new century. If you have iMovie and a camcorder, you'll be ready. What's New in iMovie HD iMovie HD (called iMovie 5 in certain dialog boxes and other spots) represents a deep overhaul of the program, one that will challenge the iMovie veteran with a good deal of unlearning and relearning. Big-Ticket Features Here's a summary of the really big improvements in iMovie HD, the ones that Apple either advertises or should: · HD video. iMovie can now edit high-defnition (HDTV) footage, as captured by so-called HDV camcorders. These are semi-professional cameras that record high-defnition video onto an ordinary MiniDV tape, with spectacular widescreen imoviehd&idvd5:themissingmanual