The digital revolution in videocameras brings Hollywood razzle-dazzle and ease of editing to your home movies. Here's everything you need to know to turn your memories into video masterpieces.
The home movies of your childhood probably look a lot like those at the beginning of the old Wonder Years TV show: grainy, jumpy, no sound. When Dad wanted to show off the family memories he'd captured, he hauled out a clattering projector and unrolled a balky screen at one end of the living room. Editing home movies meant slicing and splicing.
Today, your family memories can look like they were recorded in Hollywood instead of at home. You can play them — in stereo — on your TV set, or e-mail snippets to Grandma and Grandpa. And you can edit today's home movies on your computer, adding special effects to rival Star Wars.