15. Recording Back to Tape

Your movie is finished! Now what?

While it’s feasible that you could transport your Mac (especially if it’s a laptop) to every location where someone might see your movie, that plan runs into a few snags when you want to share your masterpiece with grandparents in Humboldt or your sister in South Africa. Fortunately, getting completed footage out of iMovie is almost as simple as bringing raw footage in.

One method is to export the movie back to a MiniDV tape in your camcorder. The best reason for this approach is that you maintain the same high quality that came from the camera in the first place—exporting to the Web or iDVD compresses the footage and degrades the image, even if it’s not easily perceived (one exception ...

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