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If your Mac, like all Macs made since about 2001, has a CD burner, you're good to go. This drive can accept either CD-R (recordable) discs, which can't be erased, or CD-RW (rewritable) discs, which are slightly more expensive than standard blank CD-R discs--but you can erase and rerecord them over and over. In fact, if your Mac can burn DVDs (DVD-R or DVD-RW discs), you can use blank DVDs instead of CDs. Either way, the following steps show you how to use discs as data repositories for backing up your QuickTime movies and iMovie projects. The resulting disc will not play on a TV. (For that, see Chapter 15.) You can buy blank CDs and DVDs very inexpensively in bulk via the Web. (To fnd the best prices, visit www.shopper.com or www.buy.com and search for the terms blank CD-R or blank CD-RW.) Insert a blank disc into your Mac. After a moment, the Mac displays a dialog box asking, in effect, what you want to do with this blank CD (Figure 12-9, top). Choose Open Finder and click OK. You'll see the disc's icon appear on the desktop after a moment (Figure 12-9, middle). At this point, you can begin dragging your QuickTime movie fles or iMovie project fles onto it, exactly as though it were a teeny, tiny hard drive. You can add, remove, reorganize, and rename the fles on it just as you would in any standard Finder window. You can even rename the disc itself just as you would a fle or folder. When the disk contains the fles you want to immortalize, do one of these things: · Choose FileÆBurn Disc. · Drag the disc's icon toward the Trash icon on the Dock. As soon as you begin to drag, the Trash icon turns into what looks like a bright yellow fallout-shelter logo. Drop the disc's icon onto it. · Control-click the disc's icon on the Dock and choose Burn Disc from the contextual menu that appears (Figure 12-9, middle). In any case, the dialog box shown at bottom in Figure 12-9 now appears. Click Burn. The Mac's laser proceeds to record the CD or DVD, which can take some time. For- tunately, you're free to switch into another program and continue using your Mac. When the recording process is over, you'll have yourself a newly minted disc that you can insert into any other Mac (and most PCs, for that matter). It will show up on that computer complete with all the fles and folders you put onto it. Burning QuickTime Movie CDs Burning a Video CD Now, storing your QuickTime movies on a recordable CD or DVD doesn't create a videodisc. When you do this, you're simply copying a QuickTime fle onto another disk, exactly as though it were a Zip disk or external hard drive. You can't play the resulting disk on a DVD player attached to your TV. A Video CD, on the other hand, is the cheap, less talented sibling of DVD. A Video CD plays back about 60 minutes of video with roughly VHS-tape quality, 352 x 240 chapter12:fromimovietoquicktime 311