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Importing Footage from Non-DV Tapes into iMovie the footage they shot before the DV era. Fortunately, this is fairly easy to do if you have the right equipment. You can take any of these four approaches, listed roughly in order of preference: Approach 1: Use a Recent Sony or Canon Camcorder If you're in the market for a new digital camcorder, here's a great idea: Buy a Sony or Canon MiniDV camcorder. Most current models offer analog-to-digital passthrough conversion. In other words, the camcorder itself acts as a media converter that turns the signal from your old analog tapes into a digital one that you can record and edit in iMovie. The footage never hits a DV tape. Instead, it simply plays from your older VCR or camcorder directly into the Macintosh. (Not all Sony and Canon camcorders have this feature, so ask before you buy. And on some models, you must use the camcorder's on-board menu system to enable the live passthrough.) If you've got a drawerful of older tapes, such a camcorder is by far the most elegant and economical route, especially if you're shopping for a new camcorder anyway. Approach 2: Record onto Your DV Camcorder Even if your newish digital camcorder doesn't offer real-time analog-to-digital conver-