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Introduction - Pg. 13

chapter 1 The DV Camcorder T o edit video using iMovie, you must frst shoot some video, which is why the frst three chapters of this book have nothing to do with your iMovie soft- ware. Instead, this book begins with advice on buying and using a digital cam- corder, getting to know the equipment, and adopting professional flming techniques. After all, teaching you to edit video without making sure you know how to shoot it is like giving a map to a 16-year-old without frst teaching him how to drive. Meet Digital Video Technically speaking, you don't need a camcorder to use iMovie. You can work with QuickTime movies you fnd on the Web, or use it to turn still photos into slideshows. But to shoot your own video--and that is the real fun of iMovie--you need a digital camcorder. This is a relatively new camcorder format, one that's utterly incompatible with the tapes you may have flled using earlier camcorder types as described on the following pages (and shown in Figure 1-1): ·VHS.These gigantic machines were the original camcorders, circa 1980. Because they were nearly a foot and a half long, you had to rest the butt of these cameras on your shoulder. VHS camcorders accepted full-size VHS cassettes that, after flming, you could insert directly into your VCR for playback. Convenient, sure, but the size, weight, and bulk of these camcorders condemned them to an early grave. These days, the only place you can fnd VHS camcorders is on eBay. chapter1:thedvcamcorder 13