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slides electronically into iMovie, as described in Chapter 9. This method ensures the highest possible quality and saves you a lot of setup hassle. Photos and Old Movies Transferring Old Movies to DV Transferring old movies to the camcorder is another good idea. If these older movies are on videotape, such as VHS cassettes or 8mm videotapes from an older camcorder, you're in good shape. Transferring them onto your DV camcorder is fairly easy, if you have the right equipment (see Chapter 4). Transferring old flm to your camcorder is a more diffcult proposition. Photographic catalogs sell mirror-based gadgets just for this purpose. In essence, this apparatus lets you run the flm projector, which projects the old movie onto a tiny movie screen. Your camcorder simply flms the flm. Unfortunately, the camcorder can pick up quite a bit of grain and picture deterioration in the process. You can also send your old reels out to a commercial transfer shop. Most local photo- developing outfts and camera shops will handle this transaction for you. Weddings Ah, weddings! Everybody loves weddings--especially camcorder manufacturers. Talk about once-in-a-lifetime (all right, very-few-times-in-a-lifetime) occasions! What bigger event could there be to drive somebody to buy a camcorder? Where to Stand If you're just a friend or family member in the audience, you've got no choice about where to position the camcorder. You'll have to shoot from your seat or stand in the back. But suppose that you're a wedding videographer--or becoming one. (That's an excellent idea, by the way, if you've been thinking about going into business for yourself. You, with your digital camcorder and iMovie, can advertise your superior equipment, lower costs, and greater editing fexibility when compared with all the poor slobs still lugging around older, analog equipment.) From the videographer's standpoint, weddings are tricky. If you've only got one camcorder, where do you stand during the vows? From the spectators' side, where you can't capture the faces of the bride and groom? Or from the opposite side, where you get the bride and groom, but can't see the scene the way the spectators see it? Here are a few solutions: ·Filmtherehearsal. The idea is that later, in iMovie, you can splice in some of this footage as though it were captured with a second camera on the day of the wed- ding. The rehearsal isn't usually "in costume," of course, so you won't fool anyone with your footage of the bride and groom in their sweatshirts and blue jeans. But the presiding offcial (minister, rabbi, justice of the peace) may well be in offcial garb at rehearsal time. At the very least, you can grab some footage of him at the chapter3:specialeventflming 77