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·RFmodulator.If your TV doesn't even have that connector, it probably has two screws to which you can attach a "rabbit ears" antenna. You can buy an adapter called an RF modulator for this kind of connector, too. ·Special patch cable. Most camcorder models (including those from Sony and Canon) come with a special input/output cable with RCA or component con- nectors at one end and a special miniplug at the camcorder end (see Figure 11-1, bottom). Plug this skinny end into the appropriate camcorder jack, often labeled "Audio/Video ID2" or "AV In/Out." Why Export to Tape To Transfer It to Your VCR The glorious thing about DV tape, of course, is that its picture quality and sound quality are sensational. Unfortunately, most of the world's citizens don't have DV camcorders or DV decks. They have standard VHS VCRs or DVD players. Chapters 15 and 16 guide you through turning iMovie masterpieces into DVDs--but that's a stunt you can pull off only if your Mac has a built-in DVD burner. For every- one else, the best way to get your movies to the TV screens of your adoring fans is to transfer them (the movies, not the fans) to VHS cassettes. You lose a lot of picture and sound quality when you transfer footage to a VHS cas- sette, whose lines-of-resolution capacity is lower than any other kind of tape repro- duction. Still, your viewers will most likely remark how good your movies look, not how bad. That's because most people are used to playing back VHS recordings they've made from television, which (unless it's a satellite system) has its own low-resolution problems. The transfers you make from your Mac, even when played back on VHS, look terrifc in comparison. To make a transfer to your VCR, you have a choice: You can either copy the movie back onto a DV cassette in the camcorder, so that you'll have a high-quality DV copy, and then play it from the camcorder onto your VCR; or you can pour the video directly from the Mac, through the camcorder, into the VCR. Both of these techniques are described in the coming pages. To Offoad Footage from Your Mac Another great reason to transfer your iMovie work back to the camcorder is simply to get it off your hard drive. As you know, video fles occupy an enormous amount of disk space. After you've made a couple of movies, your hard drive might be so full that you can't make any more iMovies. Offoading the movie to your DV camcorder is the perfect solution, thanks to a key advantage of digital video: the ability to transfer footage back and forth between the camcorder and your Mac as many times as you like with no deterioration in quality. You can safely unlearn the years of experience you've had with VHS and 8 mm video and feel free to transfer video between your Macintosh and DV camcorder whenever and however you like. chapter11:backtothecamcorder 277