Importing Footage from an Analog Camcorder
The process of importing footage from an analog camcorder in iMovie is much the same as when importing from a digital camcorder. However, you need a go-between device that converts the camcorder's analog signal to digital information on the Mac. Products such as Dazzle's $250 Hollywood DV-Bridge (www.
Figure 7.6. Analog-to-video converters enable you to use a non-digital camcorder with iMovie.
Since you're importing converted analog data, iMovie doesn't automatically split clips according to scenes. You'll have to use iMovie's editing tools to trim and organize the clips, or manually start and stop importing according to scenes.
To import from a non-DV camcorder:
Importing QuickTime Movies
iMovie is built on QuickTime, Apple's technology for playing and creating all sorts of digital audio and video. iMovie 3 gains the capability to drag and drop QuickTime movies onto the Shelf or Timeline.
To import a QuickTime movie into iMovie:
How iMovie Manages Clips
If you're casually flipping through this chapter, I'll understand it if you skip everything else -
except this section
. It's important to understand how iMovie handles clips as you're working with them,
Clips can be made up of either video footage or imported still pictures. Each clip includes a thumbnail image of the clip's first frame, a timecode noting the clip's duration, and a title that you can edit ( Figure 7.10 ).
Figure 7.10. Each clip contains a thumbnail image of the first frame in the video. If a clip has been split, iMovie adds a number to