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(and edit out those humiliating parts where you walked for 20 minutes with the camcorder accidentally flming the ground bouncing beneath it). ·Actualflms. Don't scoff: iMovie is perfectly capable of creating professional video segments, or even plotted movies. If the three kids who made The Blair Witch Project could do it with their camcorder, you can certainly do it with yours. They didn't even have iMovie; they had to get $60,000 in loans to do the editing and processing that you can do right on your Mac. Moreover, new flm festivals, Web sites, and magazines are springing up everywhere, all dedicated to independent makers of short movies. (More on this topic is coming up in Chapter 13.) ·Businessvideos. It's very easy to post video on the Internet or burn it onto a cheap, recordable CD-ROM, as described in Part 3. As a result, you should consider video a useful tool in whatever you do. If you're a realtor, blow away your rivals (and save your clients time) by showing movies, not still photos, of the properties you represent. If you're an executive, quit boring your comrades with stultifying PowerPoint slides and make your point with video instead. ·Once-in-a-lifetimeevents. Your kid's school play, your speech, someone's wedding, someone's birthday or anniversary party are all worth capturing, especially because now you know that your video can last forever. · Videophotoalbums. A video photo album can be much more exciting, accessible, and engaging than a paper one. Start by flming or scanning your photos (you can read tips for doing this in Chapter 3). Assemble them into a sequence, add some crossfades, titles, and music. The result is a much more interesting display than a book of motionless images, thanks in part to iMovie's Ken Burns effect (page 251). This emerging video form is becoming very popular--videographers are charging a lot of money to create such "living photo albums" for their clients. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION Meet Digital Video What's Digital About DV I was a little surprised to fnd, when I bought my DV cam- corder, that it requires tapes, just like my old nondigital one. If it still needs tapes, how can they call it digital? Your confusion is understandable. After all, digital cameras don't require flm, and digital TV recorders (such as the tapeless TiVo and ReplayTV "VCRs") don't use videotape. Today's DV camcorders are really only half digital. They store their signal in digital form as a bunch of computer codes, but still record it on videotape just like the old camcorders. You still have to rewind and fast-forward to fnd a particular spot in the footage. (Until you transfer the footage to iMovie, that is.) Put another way, today's DV camcorders are a temporary technology, a halfway step toward the ultimate: a camcorder with a little iPod-like hard drive inside. (Already, JVC sells a camcorder that stores an hour of video on a removable 4- gigabyte hard drive; too bad it's not Mac-compatible.) Until then, stick with old-fashioned tape that stores a modern digital signal. chapter1:thedvcamcorder 19