iMovie can import footage from a variety of camera types, such as camcorders that record to MiniDV tapes or mini-DVDs, and tapeless cameras that record to internal hard drives or flash memory. Depending on your camera and the input ports available on your Mac, you may also require adaptors in order to connect older technology such as FireWire cables to newer Macs’ Thunderbolt inputs. USB-based camera are the simplest to connect and require no adaptors.
- [Voiceover] 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. But 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 camera that the first version of iMovie was able to control and import footage from. You're not seeing as many of these types of cameras for sale these days, but a lot of people still have them and use them, so iMovie maintains the important ability to import footage from DV cameras in this latest version.
DV cameras shoot to miniDV 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 FireWire is an outdated connector type that Apple no longer includes in current Mac models. But if you have an older Mac, you may still have a FireWire port. If you have a newer Mac, you may instead have a Thunderbolt port, in which case you'll need to purchase a FireWire to Thunderbolt adapter in order to connect a DV camera to your Mac. But the type of cameras you're seeing the most of in stores these days are tapeless cameras that record to internal hard drives or flash drives, and they generally don't use FireWire at all, but instead use a USB connector.
You might have a cable like this for your digital still camera. The smaller end goes into the camera, and the larger end goes into one of your Mac's USB ports. But for the most part, you're going to be connecting your camera either by FireWire or USB cable. There are other ways to get video footage into iMovie, but FireWire and USB are the two ways to do it if you're connecting a camera to your Mac.
- What's new in iMovie 10.1.2?
- Importing video
- Browsing events
- Adding clips to a new iMovie project
- Organizing and rating clips
- Trimming video
- Splitting, inserting, and connecting clips
- Creating still clips
- Adding photos, transitions, and titles
- Adjusting video speed
- Applying special effects
- Adding music and sound effects
- Sharing movies
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 05/23/2016 and 06/15/2016. What changed?
A: We revised one video, "Delete unwanted clips," to address updates found in iMovie 10.1.2.