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iMovie® '09 & iDVD® '09® For Dummies® by Michael Cohen, Dennis Cohen

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Chapter 17. Ten Useful Hardware and Software Add-ons

John Donne wrote, "No man is an island, entire unto himself." iMovie and iDVD aren't men, but neither are they islands. Like any of us, they can sometimes use a helping hand. We aren't going to belabor the obvious pieces of hardware that help you with your work, such as a good digital camcorder, a tripod, a microphone for your camera, or a DVD burner — that would be tantamount to cheating. In this chapter, we focus on ten items that we think are great companions for iMovie and iDVD.

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EyeTV

Elgato (www.elgato.com) makes and supports the award-winning EyeTV hardware and software. Most famous as a way to view and record TV on your Mac, EyeTV also gives you a way to get old, non-digital video and audio onto your Mac from a Beta or VHS player, old-fashioned analog camcorder, or a cassette tape deck or turntable, as long as it has composite plug capability (composite plugs are those red and white RCA plugs for stereo, with a yellow plug for video). EyeTV offers numerous models, from the EyeTV Hybrid, which uses your Mac's processor to encode the video, to the EyeTV 250 Plus, which encodes the video before sending it on to your Mac's hard disk.

Elgato makes moving your content from VHS tape easy by providing the VHS Assistant. Just choose Help

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