Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding connector types, part of iMovie 10.0.2 Essential Training.
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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 look at the ways you can connect various types of video cameras to your Mac. Now, DV or Digital Video cameras, where 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 camera for sale these days. But a lot of people still have 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. Now, FireWire is an outdated connector type that Apple no longer includes in the current Mac models.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 camera you're seeing the most of in stores these days are tapeless cameras, and they 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 the USB ports on your Mac. But, for the most part, you're going to be connecting your camera by either a FireWire or a USB cable. There are other ways to get video footage into iMovie, but FireWire and USB are the two ways you'll do it if you're connecting a camera to your Mac.
- Importing video
- Organizing events
- Adding clips to a project
- Trimming and split editing
- Cropping and rotating
- Adjusting color
- Adjusting the speed of clips
- Creating movie trailers
- Adding background music and voice-over
- Sharing your movies