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results. Now, high-def video consumes three or four times the amount of disk space as regular video, so if you're lucky enough to have access to an HDV cam- corder ($2,200 to $3,100), come prepared with lots of empty disk space and some understanding of the real-time conversion tricks described on page 103. · More formats. That's not the only new kind of video that iMovie HD welcomes. It can also work with MPEG-4 video, which is what you get with those super-mini "palmcorders" from Fisher and Panasonic that record onto memory cards instead of tape. iMovie is also compatible with widescreen (16:9) footage that many recent digital camcorders can capture--video that's not high-defnition, but still looks fantastic on a widescreen TV set. · Automatic dumping. iMovie offers Magic iMovie: an extremely simple, automated method of importing an entire tape, slapping up an opening title, backing it up with music from your iTunes collection, and adding crossfades between scenes--all without any intervention from you. iDVD offers something similar called OneStep DVD, which slurps all of a tape's footage directly onto a blank DVD. Again, your editing options are very limited here, but the whole idea is to get your footage from tape to DVD without any effort on your part. After all, DVDs last longer than tape, cost less, are easier to show on TV, and are easier to send around to other interested parties. · More draggability. You can now drag individual video clips around in iMovie's timeline view--even back up to the Clips pane. In fact, you can drag clips clear out of the iMovie window and to the Finder (where they show up as individual clip icons) or into other programs, like iDVD or QuickTime Player. · Overhauled Trash. The Trash mechanism in iMovie HD is utterly unlike the Trash in any previous version. You can now open it to view, rescue, or delete individual trashed items, just as you can in the Finder. Emptying the Trash no longer means that you can't restore chopped-up clips to their pre-chop conditions. And empty- ing the Trash in mid-project is no longer an invitation to corrupting your entire movie project. · Overhauled safety nets. iMovie HD is far more forgiving than previous versions. Its Undo command lets you take back an unlimited number of steps, all the way back to the last saved version of your project, if you like. The new Save As com- mand lets you spin out half-fnished variations of a movie, and the Revert to Saved command does what it does in other programs: undoes all work you've done since the last Save command. Finally, you can trim clips, split clips, chop them up, delete pieces of them--and recover them at any time, months or years later. There is, alas, a dark side to the new Trash, Undo, and Save features. To provide these generous safety nets, iMovie hangs onto a lot more of the footage you've imported from the camera. iMovie doesn't care that you've deleted 19 out of 20 minutes of a clip and then emptied the Trash; if you've incorporated even a single frame of that clip into your movie, behind the scenes, iMovie holds onto all of What's New in iMovie HD introduction