From VHS to DVD

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STEP 6

Archive Your Work

Once you've finished burning your DVDs, you'll probably want to free up the hard-drive space that your project is taking up.

If you have an external FireWire hard drive, consider archiving your digital media on it. Drag the folders containing your iMovie and iDVD project files onto the hard drive, and then delete them from your system.

If you own a MiniDV camcorder, you can also use iMovie to export your edited movie back to a MiniDV tape. You won't be able to save your iDVD projects this way. But if you decide to burn additional discs later, you can reimport your completed movie into iMovie with no loss in picture quality. Another option -- one that does let you save your iDVD projects -- is the $45 DV Backup, from coolatoola (www .coolatoola.com); it lets you back up any data to a compatible DV camcorder (see "Helping Hands," Mac Gems, November 2003).

The Last Word

Enhancing and sharing old video or film footage can be a lot of work, especially if you take the time to edit scenes and add additional elements. But it can also be a fun and rewarding exercise -- a way to relive old memories and preserve them for the future. That's what I'd call a labor of love.

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