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MacBook® All-in-One For Dummies® by Mark L. Chambers

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Chapter 5. Fun with Photo Booth and Front Row

In This Chapter

  • Using Photo Booth to take photos

  • Capturing video with iMovie

  • Working with the Apple Remote

  • Using Front Row

Many Apple switchers and first-time owners quickly notice the unusual feature that accompanies the latest MacBooks: a tiny square lens and LED light at the top of the laptop's screen. That square is the lens of your MacBook's built-in iSight camera, which allows video chatting in iChat or a quick, fun series of photos or video clips via Snow Leopard's Photo Booth and iMovie applications. (Some third-party applications can use your MacBook's camera for things like reading bar codes.) Heck, you can even take your user account photo with your iSight camera (in the System Preferences window)!

Ah, but there's more. You can also buy an Apple Remote, which appears to be a stick of chewing gum with buttons (or an old-style iPod Shuffle). You can use an Apple Remote to control your MacBook from the comfort of your lounge chair or breakfast nook via Snow Leopard's Front Row software (as well as other third-party applications with Apple Remote support). What's that you say? Your last computer didn't have a remote control? You've never used a computer video camera? Well then, good reader, you've come to the right place!

In this chapter, I show you how to use your MacBook's remote to dazzle your friends and family with all sorts of digital media; then, I demonstrate how easy it is to produce photos and video with your iSight camera. ...

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