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Importing video from your camera

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Bringing video in iMovie

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couldn't be easier.

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iMovie can import video

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from tape base camera

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as well new DVD

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hard drive and flash memory cameras.

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Make sure your camera is set to the right mode

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usually PC or computer

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and then plug in your Mac

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USB or FireWire port.

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Then click the Camera Import button.

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A window like this will open

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this is for a memory base camera.

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If you're using tape

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it will look little different,

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there will be fast forward and rewind button

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to cue the tape.

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iMovie will display thumbnails

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of all the clips on hard drive

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or memory base camera.

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You can use the playback controls

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to preview the video clips on it.

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To import all of them

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just click Import All...

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If you only want some of the clips

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set the import switch to Manual

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then uncheck the clips you don't want

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and click Import Checked...

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The next step is to choose

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where you want your video to be stored.

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If you have an external hard disk

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connected to your mac,

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you can store your video on it

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instead of your computer hard disk

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then type an event name

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to create a new event for this video

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or choose an existing event

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to add the video to.

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If you import in 1080i video

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you can import in full resolution

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or at the half resolution Large settings 

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which still looks great

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but save space on you hard disk.

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Once you click Import

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iMovie begins to import your video.

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Your video is now ready

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for watching and editing on your computer

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and the video also remain on your camcorder

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until you erase it.
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