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"Camera not connected" If you get this message in the Monitor window when you click the Camera button, it probably means one of these things: · Your camcorder isn't plugged into the Mac with a FireWire cable. · The camcorder isn't turned on. · You're using a camcorder whose FireWire circuitry isn't completely compatible with the Macintosh. (Some older JVC camcorders--circa 1999­2000--fall into this category.) If you get the "Camera not connected" message the very frst time you try to connect a new camcorder to your Mac, and you've checked to make sure that the cable is connected properly and the camera is turned on, then you probably need to replace either the camera or the FireWire cable. (The occasional iMovie owner has become frustrated that a new camcorder doesn't work, but upon exchanging it for another of the same model, fnds that it works beautifully.) Starting Up and Importing Import from Camera Stops After 2­3 Seconds FileVault, a feature of Mac OS X 10.3 and later, encrypts fles in your Home folder so that ne'er-do-wells in the neighborhood can't break in when you're not at your desk. If you save an iMovie HD project into your Home folder, the Mac will try to encrypt the video you're importing from the camcorder in real time--and it can't be done. Either turn off FileVault, or save your iMovie HD project someplace outside your Home folder. Dropouts in the Video A dropout is a glitch in the picture. DV dropouts are always square or rectangular. They may be a blotch of the wrong color, or may be multicolored. They may appear every time you play a particular scene, or may appear at random. In severe circum- stances, you may get lots of them, such as when you try to capture video to an old FireWire hard drive that's too slow. Such a confguration may also cause tearing of the video picture. Fortunately, dropouts are fairly rare in digital video. If you get one, it's probably in one of these three circumstances: · You're using a very old cassette. Remember that even DV cassettes don't last forever. You may begin to see dropouts after rerecording the tape 50 times or so. · You're playing back a cassette that was recorded in LP (long play) mode. If the cassette was recorded on a different camcorder, dropouts are especially likely. · It's time to clean the heads on your camcorder--the electrical components that actually make contact with the tape and, over time, can become dirty. Your local electronics store sells head-cleaning kits for just this purpose. appendixb:troubleshooting 479