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Types of connections

From: iMovie 11 Essential Training

Video: Types of connections

Before we get into examining the iMovie interface and work area, we need to have some video clips to work with. So in this chapter, I want to show you some of the various ways in which you can bring video footage into iMovie `11. Let's begin by taking a look at the ways you can connect various types of video cameras to your Mac. Now, DV, or digital video, cameras were the first type of cameras that the first version of iMovie was able to control and import footage from. You are not seeing as many of these types of cameras for sale these days, but a lot of people still have and use them, so iMovie maintains this important ability to import footage from DV cameras in this latest version.

Types of connections

Before we get into examining the iMovie interface and work area, we need to have some video clips to work with. So in this chapter, I want to show you some of the various ways in which you can bring video footage into iMovie `11. Let's begin by taking a look at the ways you can connect various types of video cameras to your Mac. Now, DV, or digital video, cameras were the first type of cameras that the first version of iMovie was able to control and import footage from. You are not seeing as many of these types of cameras for sale these days, but a lot of people still have and use them, so iMovie maintains this important ability to import footage from DV cameras in this latest version.

DV cameras shoot to mini-DV tapes. They look like this, and most hold about 60 minutes of footage. And most DV cameras connect to your Mac via a FireWire cable. FireWire is Apple's name for the type of interface used by your camera and your Mac, but you may also see the connector on your camera labeled as iLink or the very-easy-to-remember IEEE1394, which is actually the technical name for the interface. It depends on your camera's manufacturer, but they all refer to FireWire. This is what the ends of a FireWire cable look like. Most commonly the smaller end of the FireEire cable, the 4 pin end, connects to your camera, and the larger 6 pin end goes into your Mac.

However, none of the current Mac models have FireWire 400 built in anymore, so if you have a newer Mac with FireWire, it's FireWire 800, which looks like this. So you'll need an adapter to plug your FireWire 400 cable into your Mac if your Mac only has FireWire 800. Now, the types of cameras you are seeing the most of in stores these days are tape-less cameras that record to either mini DVD discs, or more commonly, internal hard drives, and they generally don't use FireWire at all, but instead use a USB connector. You probably have a cable like this for your digital still camera.

The smaller end goes into your camera, and the larger end goes into one of your Mac's USB ports. But for the most part, you are going to be connecting your camera either by FireWire or USB. There are other ways to get video footage into iMovie, but FireWire and USB are the two ways to do it if you are connecting a camera to your Mac. In the next movie, we will take a look at how to capture footage from a DV camera.

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iMovie 11 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 44s
    1. Welcome
      45s
    2. Using the exercise files
      59s
  2. 1m 6s
    1. Making sure you have the latest version of iMovie
      1m 6s
  3. 19m 13s
    1. Types of connections
      1m 58s
    2. Importing from a tape-based camera
      5m 40s
    3. Importing from a memory-based camera
      4m 8s
    4. Importing from a digital still camera
      3m 31s
    5. Importing from other sources
      2m 24s
    6. Capturing live action
      1m 32s
  4. 11m 55s
    1. Interface overview
      2m 8s
    2. The Event Library and Event Browser
      4m 9s
    3. Selecting and adding clips to a project
      3m 3s
    4. The toolbar
      2m 35s
  5. 23m 53s
    1. Organizing events
      4m 28s
    2. Rating clips
      3m 26s
    3. Advanced rating tools
      2m 34s
    4. Tagging with keywords
      5m 6s
    5. Automatically finding people in your clips
      2m 15s
    6. Moving events to a different hard drive
      2m 15s
    7. Deleting unwanted clips from your hard drive
      3m 49s
  6. 26m 40s
    1. Creating a new project
      2m 36s
    2. Adding clips to the project
      5m 46s
    3. Trimming and slip edits
      3m 40s
    4. Fine-tuning clips
      2m 6s
    5. Splitting clips
      3m 0s
    6. Cropping and rotating
      5m 11s
    7. The advanced Edit tool
      2m 14s
    8. Using a traditional timeline
      2m 7s
  7. 51m 55s
    1. Creating and adjusting still clips
      3m 22s
    2. Incorporating photos
      5m 48s
    3. Adjusting color
      5m 51s
    4. Using transitions
      9m 5s
    5. Adding titles
      4m 1s
    6. Using one-step effects
      2m 14s
    7. Stabilizing video
      5m 7s
    8. Using green screen effects
      7m 0s
    9. Creating movie trailers
      9m 27s
  8. 36m 21s
    1. Adjusting audio levels and position
      6m 8s
    2. Adding music and sound effects
      7m 15s
    3. Adding background music
      6m 48s
    4. Adding a voiceover
      5m 4s
    5. Extracting audio from other clips
      2m 58s
    6. Editing to the beat
      8m 8s
  9. 35m 11s
    1. Exporting to iTunes
      4m 58s
    2. Exporting to the Media Browser
      3m 37s
    3. Sharing to iDVD
      51s
    4. Publishing to a MobileMe web gallery
      4m 26s
    5. Publishing to YouTube, Vimeo, and iReport
      4m 39s
    6. Publishing to Facebook
      2m 49s
    7. Exporting QuickTime movies
      2m 29s
    8. Exporting a project for Final Cut
      2m 26s
    9. Changing published projects
      57s
    10. Finalizing your project
      2m 5s
    11. Moving a project to another Mac
      5m 54s
  10. 41s
    1. Goodbye
      41s

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