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The one you'll notice frst is the new shape of the iMovie monitor window, and the new shape of the captured clips. As you can see in Figure 4-9, they're wide instead of square. Welcome to the HDTV age, baby. You'll notice another difference, too, once you start importing: Your Mac probably isn't fast enough to capture this massive amount of data in real time. (Remember, high-defnition footage is three or four times as massive as standard DV.) That's why, if you inspect Figure 4-9 carefully, you'll see the tiny notation "Capturing HD at 1/4 speed" just above the volume slider. This notation changes as the importing process chugs along; it may say "Capturing HD at 1/8 speed" or, if you're lucky, even "Capturing HD at full speed." Tip: If you make your iMovie window smaller--small enough that the Monitor window is only a quarter its usual size--you get much better speed. iMovie, in that case, transcodes the high-def video at only a quarter of its normal size (see the box on page 103), and you get faster, smoother playback and quicker importing. (If your machine is anything slower than a dual-1 gigahertz G4 or G5 processor, in fact, you always get this quarter-sized video, unless you change the Playback settings in iMovie's Preferences dialog box.) Four Special Cases The bottom line, though, is that importing high-def footage isn't a real-time opera- tion, as it is when you import standard-def footage. Even after the camera is fnished playing the tape, iMovie takes a few more minutes to catch up; a message on the screen says, "Processing cached HDV data" until the post-processing is complete. Note: If you want to stop before the end of the tape, note that there's a difference between clicking the Stop button and clicking the Import button; see the box on page 103. Fortunately, it's worth the wait. Once the HDTV footage is inside iMovie, you can work with it with all the speed and fuidity of standard footage. And when the work is fnished, you can export the result to iDVD to burn onto a DVD. No, the result won't be a high-defnition disc; it will, however, be a widescreen disc (at your option), which will look absolutely spectacular on a widescreen TV. Magic iMovie Nobody disputes that music, titles, and crossfades make movies look a heck of a lot better. But let's face it: millions of people wind up taking camcorder movies, and then never looking at them again. Editing and spicing up those movies is great, but it's work. And it takes a lot of time. In an effort to solve that problem, iMovie HD introduces something called the Magic iMovie--a completely automated movie-assembly feature. You literally connect the camcorder, choose FileMake Magic iMovie, choose the music and options you want, and then walk away. Without any further attention from you, the program rewinds the tape, creates an opening title, imports all the footage, adds a transition between shots (if you've opted for one), backs it all up with music that you choose chapter4:camcordermeetsmac 105