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Film-Technique Crash Course This is the moment, in other words, to play director and cinematographer, to set up the shot. You can read about all these important techniques in the rest of this chapter. They're extremely important techniques, at that: If the raw footage has bad sound, bad lighting, or the wrong camera settings, no amount of iMovie manipulation can make it better. 2.TurnthemainknoborswitchtoCamera(orRecord)mode. You've just turned the power on. The camera's now in standby mode--on, but not playing or recording anything. (See Figure 2-1.) Figure 2-1: The main button on every camcorder lets you turn the camera on by switching it into Camera or VTR mode (left). The red Record but- ton is the trigger that makes the tape roll (right).