In this chapter, you were introduced to some basics of digital video editing as well as to the iMovie interface. You took a closer look at the shelf (where video clips are stored), the Monitor (which lets you see the clips), and the Timeline Viewer (which gives you another way to interact with clips). You also learned about the Clip Viewer, the "lite" version of iMovie, an alternative to the Timeline, and a good starting place for people who want to jump right in to digital video editing.
Chapter 14. Working with Video in iMovie
The focus of this chapter is working with video, from importing video clips to moving them around within iMovie. You'll learn the way that a camcorder can be connected to your Mac and the process of capturing video through that connection. (Capturing video, simply put, is the process of importing digital video footage from a camcorder into a computer.) You'll also learn some of the basics of video editing and working with film clips.
Importing Video from a File
In a few minutes, we'll get into the process of actually capturing video from your camcorder into your Mac using iMovie. But for now, let's import a file that has already been captured into iMovie. Doing so gives us a file to play with for now.
To get to the sample file, you must find a movie file on your hard drive. (Some versions of iMovie come with tutorial files containing video, but you may have to search your drive for any file ending in .mov to find something to work with for practice. I'm going to
Nowadays, virtually every video camera that you can purchase in a store includes a FireWire connection, which you may remember from Chapter 7, "Choosing Peripheral Devices." FireWire is the magic behind being able to make your own digital movie and DVD projects.
Understanding the FireWire Cable
When you want to connect your digital camcorder to your Mac, you must use a FireWire cable. A camcorder often comes with such a cable, but you can also purchase it separately.
The cable that you need to use has two different kinds of connectors: a smaller end that's known as a 4-pin connector and a larger one on the other side that's known as a 6-pin connector. The smaller, 4-pin connector is the kind most often found on camcorders, and the larger 6-pin connector is most often found on computers.
After you connect the FireWire cable to your computer, you can connect the other, smaller end into the camcorder. The location of the FireWire port on a camcorder varies, but it's usually located behind some kind of protective cover. Figure 14.3 shows the smaller 4-pin end of a FireWire cable and the corresponding port on a digital camcorder.
Figure 14.3. Getting ready to plug the smaller end of the FireWire cable into a camcorder.
Task: Connecting Your Camcorder
In this section we are going to go through the process of how you set up iMovie and connect a camcorder so that you can capture video.
After you've connected your camera, iMovie displays a message confirming that your camera is connected, as shown in Figure 14.5.
Figure 14.5. iMovie confirms when a camcorder is turned on and plugged in.