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iMovie isn't all about importing recorded content; sometimes you just want to be spontaneous, which is why it's so great that iMovie lets you record live video. All you need is an iSight camera, which comes built into all current MacBooks, MacBook Pro's, and iMacs--or any FireWire camera, the same kind you can import DV tape footage from. Being able to record yourself live is great for things like video blogging or on-the-spot reporting, and it's super easy to do. If your Mac doesn't have a built-in iSight camera and if you don't have one of the discontinued stand-alone models that Apple use to make, just connect the FireWire camcorder to iMovie. Actually even if you do have an iSight camera, you might want to use a camcorder anyway to get a better picture.
To make your recording, you can choose File > Import from Camera, or click the Import Camera button found right here in iMovie's window. And just like that, you can now see me live in the lynda.com booth. Well, there is a site that lay between what I'm saying and what you're seeing here on screen. You can see I can select my camera from down here. I only have the one at this point. So I can say this is Garrick Chow reporting from the lynda.com booth. Of course, it's even better if I record it. So I'll just say Import. Again, I can create a new event here.
Just say "live in booth." Leave everything else the way it is, click Import and in a moment here, it's recording. So now I can look at the camera, say what I need to say, and when I am done recording I just click Stop. And then I can close this window and here is my "live in the booth" clip. (video playing) So that's how you can record live directly into iMovie 11.
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