Getting Your Feet Wet: Buying a Camcorder
By Jeff Carlson, author of iMovie 2: Visual QuickStart Guide
Although Apple released iMovie 2 back in July 2000 and has included it for free on all FireWire-enabled Macs since then (as well as with Mac OS X 10.1), I didn't pay much attention to it until I purchased a digital video camera. In short order, iMovie 2 went from just taking up space on my hard disk to an invaluable tool for turning raw video footage into something I was proud to show off to friends and family.
Apple has positioned iMovie as a key element of its digital hub strategy, in which a Mac exists at the center of several digital devices. In my case, the attraction was inverted: Although I'd previously resisted video cameras, Apple's easy-to-use video-editing application was the catalyst that encouraged me to buy a digital camcorder before I left on a trip to Alaska last year. If you find yourself in a similar position, or if you're just curious to find out more about shooting and editing your own movies, stick around for a quick introduction to the field of digital video and what type of camcorder you need to get started.