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Chapter 11.  Back to the Camcorder

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11.1.WhyExporttoTape

Thereareanynumberofreasonsyoumightwanttosendyour

finishedproductbacktothecamcorder.Thefollowingpages

outlinesomeofthemostpopularscenarios.



11.1.1.ToWatchItonTV

OnceyouriMoviecreationsarebackonthecamcorder'stape,

youcanthenpassthemalongtoatelevision.Topullthisoff,

youmustconnectthecamcordertoyourTV,usingoneofthe

followingcables,listedhereinorderofpreference:

Componentvideo.Ifyou'reeditinghigh-definitionvideo,

sendingtheresultbacktoyourHDTVcamcorderisjust

abouttheonlywaytoplayitonaTV.Afterall,theeraof

commonplacehigh-definitionDVDshasnotyetarrived.

YourHDTVcamcordercame,therefore,withaspecialcable

thatendswiththreesmallroundjackscoloredgreen,blue,

andred.Thesearecomponentvideocables,andtheymust

beconnectedtomatchinginputsonahigh-end(ifnothighdefinition)TV.You'llhavetouseanadditionalcablefor

audio(RCAcables).

S-video.IfbothyourcamcorderandyourVCRorTVhave

S-videoconnectors,useanS-videocabletojointhetwo

(seeFigure11-1).You'llstillhavetousethered-and

white-endedRCAcablesfortheaudio.

RCAcables.MostTVsandVCRsdon'thaveS-video

connectors,butalmostallhaveRCAphonojacks,usually

labeledAudioInandVideoIn.Connectthemtothedouble-



ortriple-endedcablethatcamewiththecamcorder,likethe

oneshowninFigure11-1.(Ifithasthreeconnectorsat

eachend,theyellowoneisforthevideosignal,andthered

andwhiteendsareforleftandrightstereosound.)



Tip:IfyourTVisveryold,itmaynothaveauxiliaryinput

jacks.Inthiscase,plugyourcamcorderintotheVCR's

auxiliaryinputsinstead.Itwillpatchthesignalthroughto

theTV.



Figure11-1.

Most

camcorders

comewitha

special,

proprietary

cable.The

miniplugend

goesintoa

specialoutput

jackonthe

camcorder;the

farendsare

RCAcables

(or,onHDTV

camcorders,

component

cables)foryour

TVorVCR.If

yourTV

acceptsonly

onesound

cable(andnot

stereoinputs),

plugthe

camcorder's

left-channel

connector

(usuallythered

one)intothe

soleTVaudio



jack.

(This

camcorderalso

hasanS-video

connector.It's

thelarge,

round,black

jackatthetop

ofthe

connector

panel.S-video

transfer

produces

bettertransfer

quality

betweenyour

DVcamcorder

andnon-DV

equipmentthan

RCAcables.)



Coaxinputs.TVsofacertainera(orprice)don'thavethe

RCA-stylecablesshowninFigure11-1,butdohaveacableTV(coaxial)inputaroundconnectoraboutthesizeofa24pointcapitalO,withasinglepininthecenter.Youcanbuy

anadapter(atRadioShack,forexample)thatletsyou



connectyourcamcorder'soutputcablestothiskindofjack.

RFmodulator.IfyourTVdoesn'tevenhavethat

connector,itprobablyhastwoscrewstowhichyoucan

attacha"rabbitears"antenna.Youcanbuyanadapter

calledanRFmodulatorforthiskindofconnector,too.

Specialpatchcable.Mostcamcordermodels(including

thosefromSonyandCanon)comewithaspecial

input/outputcablewithRCAorcomponentconnectorsat

oneendandaspecialminiplugatthecamcorderend(see

Figure11-1,bottom).Plugthisskinnyendintothe

appropriatecamcorderjack,oftenlabeled"Audio/Video

ID2"or"AVIn/Out."



11.1.2.ToTransferIttoYourVCR

ThegloriousthingaboutDVtape,ofcourse,isthatitspicture

qualityandsoundqualityaresensational.Unfortunately,most

oftheworld'scitizensdon'thaveDVcamcordersorDVdecks.

TheyhavestandardVHSVCRsorDVDplayers.

Chapters15and16guideyouthroughturningiMovie

masterpiecesintoDVDsbutthat'sastuntyoucanpulloffonlyif

yourMachasabuilt-inDVDburner.Foreveryoneelse,thebest

waytogetyourmoviestotheTVscreensofyouradoringfans

istotransferthem(themovies,notthefans)toVHScassettes.

Youlosealotofpictureandsoundqualitywhenyoutransfer

footagetoaVHScassette,whoselines-of-resolutioncapacityis

lowerthananyotherkindoftapereproduction.Still,your

viewerswillmostlikelyremarkhowgoodyourmovieslook,not

howbad.That'sbecausemostpeopleareusedtoplayingback

VHSrecordingsthey'vemadefromtelevision,which(unlessit's

asatellitesystem)hasitsownlow-resolutionproblems.The



transfersyoumakefromyourMac,evenwhenplayedbackon

VHS,lookterrificincomparison.

TomakeatransfertoyourVCR,youhaveachoice:Youcan

eithercopythemoviebackontoaDVcassetteinthe

camcorder,sothatyou'llhaveahigh-qualityDVcopy,andthen

playitfromthecamcorderontoyourVCR;oryoucanpourthe

videodirectlyfromtheMac,throughthecamcorder,intothe

VCR.Bothofthesetechniquesaredescribedinthecoming

pages.



11.1.3.ToOffloadFootagefromYourMac

AnothergreatreasontotransferyouriMovieworkbacktothe

camcorderissimplytogetitoffyourharddrive.Asyouknow,

videofilesoccupyanenormousamountofdiskspace.After

you'vemadeacoupleofmovies,yourharddrivemightbeso

fullthatyoucan'tmakeanymoreiMovies.

OffloadingthemovietoyourDVcamcorderistheperfect

solution,thankstoakeyadvantageofdigitalvideo:theability

totransferfootagebackandforthbetweenthecamcorderand

yourMacasmanytimesasyoulikewithnodeteriorationin

quality.Youcansafelyunlearntheyearsofexperienceyou've

hadwithVHSand8mmvideoandfeelfreetotransfervideo

betweenyourMacintoshandDVcamcorderwheneverand

howeveryoulike.



Note:WhenyoutransferaniMoviebacktoyourcamcordertoa

freshtape,ifyou'rewisethefootageremainsinperfect,pristine

condition.Remember,however,thatthere'sadownsideto

doingso:Onceyou'vethrownawaythedigitalvideofilesfrom

yourMac,you'velosttheabilitytoadjusttitles,effects,

transitions,andsoundtracks.Forbestresults,therefore,



transferfootagebacktothecamcordereitherwhenyou're

finishededitingthemovie,orhaven'tediteditmuchatall.



11.1.3.1Offloadingvideotoreclaimdiskspace

AftertransferringthemovietoaDVcassetteinyourcamcorder,

youcanthrowawaythecorrespondingfilesonyourharddrive,

whichfreesupanenormousamountofdiskspace.Thespaceconsumingdigital-videoclipssitintheMediafolderthatlurks

withinthefolderforyourproject(page103).Inotherwords,

theMediafolderistheonetakingupallthediskspace.Still,

youmayaswellthrowawaytheentireprojectfolder(after

"backingitup"ontothecamcorder),becausewithouttheMedia

files,theactualiMoviedocumentfile,andtheaccompanying

.movreference-moviefile,areuseless.



11.2.TransferringFootagetotheCamcorderor

VCR

TheactualstepsoftransferringtheprojectfromiMoviebackto

thecamcorderarefairlysimple.Theresultsarealmostalways

satisfying,especiallyifyou'vehadtolookatyourfootageinits

relativelycoarseMacrenditionforhoursordays.Finally,you

gettoseeyourmasterpieceatfulldigitalquality.Mostpeople

areparticularlythrilledbytheprofessionallookofiMovie's

transitionsandtitleswhentheyseeitontheactualTV(or

camcorderLCDpanel).

InearlyiMovieversions,youhadtobeginthetransferprocess

bysendingyourfinishedmovietoaDVcamcorderasafirst

step.Now,however,anewpossibilityawaits:Youcanplaythe

finishedmoviedirectlyfromtheMactoaVCR,usingthe

camcorderonlyasapassthroughadapterthatdoesn'tactually

recordanything.Thefollowingdiscussionscoverbothmethods.



11.2.1.FirsttoDVTape,ThentoVCR

Ifyou'dlikeyourfinishedmovieonDVtape,preserving100

percentofitsoriginalquality,proceedlikethis:

1. Insertablankcassetteintoyourcamcorder.

Confirmthatthetapeisunlocked(seepage284),andthisis

importantthatit'scueduptoapartofthetapeyou're

willingtorecordover.

Thismaysoundlikeanobviousstep,butcomplacencyon

thispointhasledcamcorderownerstotheaccidental

erasureofmanyapreciouspieceoffootage.Sooneror

later,everyonefindsout:AcamcorderhasnoUndo



command.

2. PutthecamcorderintoVTRorVCRmode(referback

toFigure2-1).

ConfirmthatitsFireWirecableispluggedintoyourMac.

Unlessyou'rewillingtoriskrunningoutofbatterypowerin

midtransfer,plugyourcamcorderintoapoweroutlet,too.

OpenyouriMovieprojectontheMac,ifitisn'talready

open.

3. ChooseFile Share(Shift- -E,akeystroke

designationthat'sleftoverfromiMovie3,whenthis

commandwascalledExport).

TheSharedialogboxappears,asshowninFigure11-2.



Figure

11-2.The

Share

dialogbox

letsyou

specify

whether

you're

sending

your

finished

movietoa

tape,

QuickTime

movie,

DVD,

Bluetooth



phone,

Palm

organizer,

orwhatever.

(Technically,

thistypeof

box,which

slidesdown

fromthe

iMovietitle

bar,is

knownasa

sheet.)



4. Atthetopofthedialogbox,clickVideocamera.

Changethe"secondsofblack"numbersinthedialog

box,ifnecessary.

The"secondsofblack"numbersspecifyhowmanyseconds

ofblacknessyouwanttoappearonthetapebeforethe

moviebeginsorafteritends;threeorfoursecondsisabout

right.Withoutablack"preroll,"themoviewouldbegin

instantly.Youraudiencewouldbedeprivedofthecustomary

"settledownandstartpayingattention"momentthat

precedeseveryTVshow,movie,andcommercial



throughouttheworld.Andwithoutamomentofblackness

attheend,themoodcreatedbyyourmoviemightbe

shatteredtoosoon.

Youcanalsotakethisopportunitytoturnon"Share

selectedclipsonly,"ifyoulike.Thisfeatureletsyousplitup

alongmovieintosmallerchunksbypreselectingonlythe

clipsyouwantbeforeyouinvoketheSharecommand.(See

page485fortipsontroubleshootingthisfeature.)

5. ClickShare.

Ifyourprojectcontainscertainspecialeffects,iMovietakes

thisopportunitytosay"Yourmoviecontainsstill,slow

motion,and/orreverseclipswhichneedtoberenderedfor

exporttoiDVDortape."Inthatcase,click"Renderand

Proceed."You'reinstructingiMovietogeneratesmoother,

moreprofessionallookingversionsofthesescenesnotthe

quick-and-dirty,temporaryonesit'sbeenshowingyou

duringediting.

Eitherway,afteramoment,iMoviecommandsthe

camcordertobeginrecording,andthenbeginspumping

yourfinishedvideoovertheFireWirecabletothetape,

fromtheverybeginningofthemovie(Figure11-3).

(There'snowaytobeginplayingfromthemiddleofyour

movie.)

Whilethisprocessistakingplace,youmightwanttoopen

theLCDpanelonthecamcordersothatyoucanwatchthe

transferandlistentotheaudio.iMovieplaysthemovie

simultaneouslyinitsMonitorwindow,butthecamcorder

screen'squalityisgenerallysuperior.



Figure113.While



iMoviesends

yourfinished

production

backtothe

camcorder

fromwhence

itcame,a

progressbar

showshow

muchlonger

youhaveto

wait.Also,

youseethe

playheadride

alongyour

MovieTrack

toshow

whereyou

areinthe

transfer.

Youcan

interruptthe

transfer

processat

anytimeby

clickingStop.

The

camcorder

stops

automatically,

having

recorded

yourmovie



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