Chapter 11. Back to the Camcorder

Unless you edit your movies while keeping your eyes on the camcorder’s screen or a TV attached to your camcorder (as recommended in Section 4.4.1), you’ve been editing your work in the Monitor window. But the Monitor window doesn’t show you the real thing. It’s only an approximation of the smooth, clear video image that your camcorder caught to begin with.

Fortunately, behind the scenes, every shred of crisp, clear, smooth-motioned video is intact on your hard drive. When you export the movie back to your DV camcorder, it appears in all its original, high-resolution glory.

Why Export to Tape

There are any number of reasons you might want to send your finished product back to the camcorder. The following pages outline some of the most popular scenarios.

To Watch It on TV

Once your iMovie creations are back on the camcorder’s tape, you can then pass them along to a television. To pull this off, you must connect the camcorder to your TV, using one of the following cables, listed here in order of preference:

  • Component video. If you’re editing high-definition video, sending the result back to your high-def camcorder is just about the only way to play it on a TV. After all, the era of commonplace high-definition DVDs has not yet arrived.

    Your HDTV camcorder came, therefore, with a special cable that ends with three small round jacks colored green, blue, and red. These are component video cables, and they must be connected to matching inputs on a high-end ...

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