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That's not to say that iMovie actually imports MPEG-4 video the same way it imports MiniDV footage; it doesn't. But when you connect one of these 'corders to your Mac's USB jack, the memory card shows up on your screen as though it's a disk. Double- click it to reveal its contents, which include a folder with all your video recordings in it. You can bring them into iMovie by simply dragging their Finder icons into the Movie Track or Clips pane of the open iMovie window. Four Special Cases HDV Camcorders If Apple's marketing is to be believed, the big news in iMovie HD is the HD part. At its release, iMovie HD was by far the least expensive software capable of importing and editing video from high-defnition camcorders. (It's about $750 less expensive than the next contender.) power users' clinic HDV, Apple Intermediate Codec, and You If you've been merrily reading along, learning all kinds of new things about high-defnition video, one apparent contradiction in this chapter might already be bugging your subconscious. the signal into a much more lightly compressed format on your hard drive, using a new, virtually lossless compression scheme called the Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC). Once the footage is safely aboard your hard drive, you can edit it just