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Tip: One of the still backgrounds you can download from the "Missing CD" page at www.missingmanuals. com is called Color Bars. It lets you begin and end your movie with the standard, broadcast-TV color bar chart like the one shown (in shades of gray) at lower left in Figure 7-4. In professional video work, about 20 seconds of color bars are always recorded at the beginning of a tape. They give the technicians a point of color reference for adjusting their monitors and other reproduction equipment to ensure that the footage looks the same on their gear as it did on yours. Their goal is to adjust the knobs until the white bars look white, not pink, and the black ones don't look gray. If you intend your movie to be used for TV broadcast, the color bars may actually be required by the station. If not, the color bars make your homemade production look and feel as though you edited it in a $600-per- hour New York editing facility. UP TO SPEED Setting Up a Title The Color Picker Here and there--not just in iMovie, but also in System Preferences, TextEdit, Microsoft Offce, and many other programs--Mac OS X offers you the opportunity to choose a color for some element, like your desktop background, a In each case, just drag the sliders to mix up the color you want, or type in the percentages of each component. Color Palettes presents canned sets of color swatches. They're primarily for programmers who