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The DV Camcorder > The DV Camcorder - Pg. 34

Film vs. Videotape As it turns out, there are a number of discernible ways that home movies differ from professional ones. This chapter is dedicated to helping you accept the camcorder de- fciencies you cannot change, overcome the limitations you can, and have the wisdom to know the difference. Film vs. Videotape There's only one crucial aspect of Hollywood movies that you can't duplicate with your DV camcorder and iMovie: Real movies are shot on flm, not video. Film, of course, is a long strip of celluloid with sprocket holes on the edges. It comes on an enormous reel, loaded into an enormous camera. After you've shot it, a lab must develop it before you can see what you've got. Videotape is a different ball game. As you know, it comes on a cartridge, pops into a compact camera, and doesn't have to be developed. Many TV shows, including sitcoms and all news shows, are shot on video. Visually, the differences are dramatic. Film and videotape just look different, for several reasons: · Film goes through many transfer processes (from original, to positive master, to negative master, to individual "prints," to movie screen), so it has a softer, warmer