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The Free Space readout As noted earlier, the Free Space display (Figure 4-6) updates itself as you capture your clips. It keeps track of how much space your hard drive has left--the one onto which you saved your project. This readout includes a color-keyed early warning system that lets you prepare for that awkward moment when your hard drive's full. At that moment, you won't be able to capture any more video. Look at the color of the text just beside the Trash (where it says, for example, "1.83 GB available"): · If the words are black, you're in good shape. Your hard drive has over 400 MB of free space--room for at least 90 seconds of additional footage. · If the text becomes yellow, your hard drive has between 200 and 400 MB of free space left. In about 90 more seconds of capturing, you'll be completely out of space. · When the words turn red, the situation is dire. Your hard drive has less than 200 MB of free space left. About one minute of capturing remains. · When the Free Space indicator shows that you've got less than 50 MB of free space left, iMovie stops importing and refuses to capture any more video. At this point, you must make more free space on your hard drive, either by emptying your Project Trash or by throwing away some non-iMovie fles from your hard drive. (You don't have to quit iMovie while you houseclean; just hide it.) Importing Camcorder Footage Four Special Cases: iSight, HDV, USB, and Live Recording Recorded footage from a MiniDV tape is by far the most popular source of iMovie video, but it's not the only one. iMovie is perfectly content to slurp in video from an iSight camera, from a DV camcorder with no tape in it, or from a high-defnition, semi-professional camcorder. (That, after all, is where iMovie HD gets its name.) Read on. iSight Video The Apple iSight is a compact silver tube, about the dimensions of a Hostess Ho-Ho, with a built-in microphone and video camera. Most people buy an iSight (about $150) for use with iChat AV, Apple's chat program, because iSight lets you conduct audio and video chats instead of typed ones. But as it turns out, the iSight is also a darned fne capture device. No, it doesn't take tapes, so you can't prerecord something. But it's an excellent tool for recording live events directly into iMovie: interviews, meetings, travel adventures with your laptop, and so on. The steps are almost the same. Start by connecting the iSight's FireWire cable to the Mac. Make sure that the iSight's shutter is open (turn the ring on the lens). Then continue as shown in Figure 4-8. chapter4:camcordermeetsmac 101