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iMovie ’09 & iDVD for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide by Jeff Carlson

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1The Digital Camcorder

Ages ago, my copy of iMovie 1.0 sat neglected on my hard drive for months because I had no easy way to import video footage. I could have used an analog-to-digital converter to bring in the contents of old videotapes (see Chapter 8), but it would have been a hassle. What I needed was a digital camcorder.

Although digital camcorders cost more than analog models, you can get a good quality model these days for less than $200. You can also easily spend $5,000 or more, with plenty of models falling between those ranges.

iMovie ’09 gives you another option: high-definition (HD) digital camcorders that capture video at a much higher resolution. Prices range from about $200 for simple models to thousands of dollars, with most ...

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