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Meet Digital Video add special effects, cut out bad shots, and so on. For the frst time in history, it's simple for anyone, even non-rich people, to edit home movies with professional results. (Doing so in 1990 required a $200,000 Avid editing suite; doing so in 1995 required a $4,000 computer with $4,000 worth of digitizing cards and editing software--and the quality wasn't great because it wasn't DV.) Furthermore, for the frst time in history, you won't have to press the fast-forward button when showing your footage to family, friends, co-workers, and clients. There won't be any dull footage worth skipping, because you'll have deleted it on the Mac. Tip: Before you get nervous about the hours you'll have to spend editing your stuff in iMovie, remember that there's no particular law that every video must have crossfades, scrolling credits, and a throbbing music soundtrack. Yes, of course, you can make movies on iMovie that are as slickly produced as commercial flms; much of this book is dedicated to helping you achieve that standard. But many people dump an entire DV cassette's worth of footage onto the Mac, chop out the boring bits, and dump it right back onto the cam- corder--only about 20 minutes' worth of work after the transfer to the Mac. What's It Good For? If you're reading this book, you probably already have some ideas about what you could do if you could make professional-looking video. Here are a few possibilities