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How to import videos recorded on a tape to iMovie '08?

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Importing videos recorded on a tape to iMovie '08.

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STEP 1: Connecting
* Videos recorded in x.v.Color can be played back with non-x.v.Color-compliant devices, however, an x.v.Color-compliant device is necessary for accurate color reproduction.

  1. Turn on the computer.

  2. Insert the tape into your camcorder.

  3. Slide the POWER switch on the camcorder to the PLAY/EDIT position.

  4. Set the VCR HDV/DV and i.LINK CONV menu settings as follows. 

    Format recorded
    on a tape

    Format imported
    to a computer

    Menu settings

    VCR HDV/DV

    i.LINK CONV

    HDV HDV HDV OFF
    DV DV DV DV

    * If you use Macintosh, you cannot convert videos recorded in the HDV format to the DV format and import them.

  5. Connect the camcorder to the computer using the i.LINK cable as shown.
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    Note: When an i.LINK cable is connected, the format of the output signal (HDV or DV) will be indicated on the LCD screen of your camcorder.

STEP 2: Viewing

  1. Start iMovie '08.
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  2. A device where the images are stored is shown.
    Confirm that "HDV-VCR (HDV)" is selected for HDV format, and "DV-VCR (DV)" for DV format.
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    When importing all the videos:

    You cannot import videos from the tape which includes both HDV format and DV format. 
    (1) Click Automatic.
    (2) Click Import.
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    (3) Select the location to save, input an event name in Creat new Event, and click OK.
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    (4) The tape will be rewound and all the videos will be imported.

    (5) When Camera Import Complete is displayed, click OK.
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    When importing selected videos:
    (1) Click Manual.
    (2) Use the control buttons and rewind or fast-forward the tape to the point you want to start importing.
    (3) Click Import.
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    (4) Select the location to save, input an event name in Creat new Event, and click OK.
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    (5) Importing starts. Click Stop when you want to finish importing.
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  3. The list of the imported videos is shown. This is the end of importing.

    For editing, refer to Help - iMovie Help.
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