Chapter 14. iMovie Magic

If you're like me, you have a closet full of digital videotapes of family events and other sundry good times. These tapes are stacked high and reach deep into the closet. This is a good thing, mind you; I love the fact that we have all those old memories digitally preserved for years to come. I look forward to cuddling up with my wife in our later days and reminiscing, certainly shedding a few tears as we watch our beautiful children grow up again before our eyes, or showing our grandchildren videos of their mom's or dad's first Christmas. These items are precious to us, but there's a problem, or more accurately, an inconvenience, when it comes to watching them. In order to view these videos we have to take out the video camera, put the tape that we want to view in the camera, and then connect the camera to the television. Who wants to do that every time you want to watch something?

Also, if you're like me, no one can commend you for having been nominated for an Oscar because of your directing, editing, or cinematography prowess. I won't disparage myself too viciously; I can hold a camera as still as the next guy, but my work won't be confused with a sweeping and picturesque motion picture epic.

For all of us who didn't attend a prestigious film school, Apple offers iMovie. iMovie, which was first introduced in 1999 and can be purchased as part of the iLife ...

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