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This kind of logging is enormously useful even for the amateur. It can save you lots of time when you sit down to transfer the footage from camcorder to Mac, because you don't have to sit there watching the entire hour of tape. You already know that the frst 15 minutes were fantastic, followed by 15 minutes of lousy stuff that you can fast-forward past, and so on. Notes on DV Tapes Long Play Mode Most DV camcorders let you squeeze 90 minutes of video onto each 60-minute cas- sette by using Long Play (LP) mode, in which the tape travels more slowly through the camcorder electronics. On a DV camcorder, LP mode doesn't bear the same stigma of lousy picture quality that it does on VHS equipment. In fact, there's absolutely no difference in quality between LP and Standard Play mode on a DV camcorder. The data is stored as a stream of numbers; the computer doesn't care how fast they're slipping through the camcorder innards. You should, however, be aware of several LP side effects: · You lose the ability to dub in a second soundtrack after having recorded some video. That's not much of a sacrifce, however, since you can do the same thing and more in iMovie. · In theory, LP mode also increases the chance of getting dropouts. Most people re-