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Before You Begin
81 Preview Your Final Movie
83 About Output Formats
84 About Sharing Video with Others
Computers are capable of playing multiple types of video and audio. The programming and hardware inside today's computers make it possible for the computer to recognize, in most cases, the kind of media you want to play. For example, when you insert an audio CD into your computer's CD drive, the computer plays the music after automatically starting your music or MP3 program. Insert a movie DVD into your computer's DVD drive, and the computer plays the movie after automatically starting your computer's DVD player. If the movie doesn't start playing right away, start your DVD playback software and select from its menus to load the movie from your DVD drive.
Noncomputer playback devices such as DVD players and DV cameras are not as forgiving , and not as multitalented. A DVD player can often play only DVD movies on DVD discs. When you store your final movie, you must know the kind of hardware the audience will have to play the movie. You cannot create a movie that will be playable on all possible devices.
After you've edited your movie and produced its final form, save your movie's project to your disk drive. Consider the project as being your movie's true source. If you create a movie CD from the project, the CD can be used to play the movie on devices that can read the CD, but don't erase your project and its associated files after you've created the CD. By keeping the movie's project, you will be able to save the movie in a different format later.
Keep this task's issues in mind as you follow subsequent tasks to save your movie in the format you require. The most important point to remember about your movie is that its true source is your movie project, and not the media to which you save your final movie.
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