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The DV Camcorder > The DV Camcorder - Pg. 35

Of course, the content of the flm or video is also a telltale sign of what you're watch- ing. If it has a laugh track and a brightly lit set, it's usually videotape; if it's more carefully and dramatically lit, with carefully synchronized background music, it's usually flm. Film vs. Videotape Film-Technique Crash Course The bottom line is that two different issues separate flm from video: the technology and the technique. What you can't change is the look of the basic medium: You're going to be recording onto tape, not flm. Tip: If the grain and softness associated with flm are crucial to your project, you're not utterly out of luck. With the addition of a 320 video-processing program called Adobe After Effects and a $550 software add-on called CineLook (from DigiEffects), you can get very close to making video look like flm. CineLook adds the grain, fecks, and scratches to taped footage, and plays with the color palette to make it look more like that of flm. Another popular add-on called CineMotion (from the same company) adds subtle blur processing to make the motion of video look more like flm, simulating 24-frames-per-second playback. (Needless to say, few iMovie fans go to that expensive extreme.) What you can change with iMovie alone, however, is almost every remaining