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of the updated version. (One way to fnd out what version of iMovie you have is to open the program and then choose aAbout iMovie HD.) This book assumes that you have at least iMovie HD.0.1, which is far more reliable and stable than the 5.0 version was. iMovie HD: The Application Connecting to FireWire The FireWire jack on the front, side, or back of your computer is marked by a radio- active-looking Y symbol. If you intend to edit your own camcorder footage, you'll also need a FireWire cable, like the one shown in Figure 4-1. Figure 4-1: Plug the larger end of the FireWire cable--the six-pin end, as Apple calls it--into the corresponding jack on the Mac. The tiny end may look almost square, but it fts only in one particular way, thanks to a little indentation on one side. Be gentle with it. On the other end is a much smaller, squarish plug (the four-pin connector). Plug this tiny end into the FireWire connector on your camcorder, which, depending on the brand, may be labeled "FireWire," "i.Link," or "IEEE 1394." This single FireWire cable communicates both sound and video, in both directions, between the Mac and the camcorder. Now, if you plan to transfer video to your Mac from a tape in the camcorder, you should turn the camcorder to its VCR or VTR mode. Tip: Occasionally, you may even want to capture live video into iMovie--to pass whatever your camcorder lens is seeing directly to the Mac, without ever recording it on tape. In that case, put the camcorder into Camera mode instead. For best results, plug in your camcorder's power adapter instead of running it from battery power. At last, you're ready to begin editing video! Getting into iMovie After you've connected and turned on your camcorder, open iMovie by double- clicking its icon, or single-clicking it on the Dock. But before you're treated to the chapter4:camcordermeetsmac 87