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the movie simultaneously in its Monitor window, but the camcorder screen's qual- ity is generally superior. When the transfer is complete, the camcorder automatically stops recording. Your fnished production is now safely on DV tape. Tip: After the transfer is complete, drag the Camera/Edit switch on your iMovie screen (at the left edge of the screen, just below the Monitor) to its Camera position. Doing so puts iMovie into "I'm controlling your camcorder now" mode. Click Rewind, then Play to watch your newly transferred production. Transferring Footage to Tape At this point, you can connect your camcorder to a VCR for transfer to a standard VHS cassette (or any other non-DV format). Connect the camcorder to the Audio and Video input jacks on the VCR. These jacks were once found exclusively on the backs of VCRs, but appear on the front panels of many recent VCR models for conve- nience at times like this. Make sure that the VHS tape is blank and not protected by its erase tab. If you're smart, you'll label it, too--now, before you even record it, so that you won't forget. Put it into the VCR and cue it up to the right spot. Cue up the camcorder, too. Finally, put your camcorder into VCR or VTR mode, start the VCR recording, and then press Play on the camcorder. If your TV is on, you can watch the footage as it plays into your VCR. Press Stop on both the camcorder and VCR when the transfer is complete. From Mac Directly to VCR If your aim is to get your movie onto VHS tape, you don't have to transfer it to your camcorder frst. Hook the camcorder to the Mac via the FireWire cable, if it isn't already, and then hook the VCR to the camcorder as described above. The trick here is to turn on the "Play DV project video through to DV camera" option in the iMoviePreferencesPlayback dialog box, as described on page 97. Press Record on your VCR, then play your movie from the beginning (or from what- ever spot you like). iMovie sends the full-quality video through the camcorder and into the connected VCR. When you reach the end of playback, hit Stop on the VCR. Tip: If you have an analog-to-DV converter box like those described on page 117, use precisely the same steps. The converter replaces the camcorder in the setup described here. Of course, this technique bypasses the Export dialog box shown in Figure 11-2, and with it the ability to "lay down" some nice blackness before and after the footage. If you really want those bookends, just add black clips to the movie itself (page 140). chapter11:backtothecamcorder 281