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Mac OS® X Snow Leopard™ All-in-One for Dummies® by Mark L. Chambers

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Chapter I.5. Fun with Photo Booth and Front Row

In This Chapter

  • Using Photo Booth to take photos

  • Capturing video with iMovie

  • Working with the Apple Remote

  • Using Front Row

Many Apple switchers and first-time owners quickly notice the unusual feature that accompanies the latest iMacs and MacBooks: a tiny square lens and LED light at the top of the Mac screen. That square is the lens of your Mac's built-in iSight camera, which allows video chatting in iChat or a quick, fun series of photos or video clips via Snow Leopard's Photo Booth and iMovie applications — you can even take your user account photo with your iSight camera (in the System Preferences window)!

Ah, but there's more — you can also buy an Apple Remote, which appears to be a stick of chewing gum with buttons (or an old-style iPod Shuffle). You can use an Apple Remote to control your Mac from the comfort of your lounge chair or breakfast nook via Snow Leopard's Front Row software. What's that you say? Your last computer didn't have a remote control? You've never used a computer video camera? Well then, good reader, you've come to the right place!

In this chapter, I show you how to use your Mac's remote to dazzle your friends and family with all sorts of digital media; then, I demonstrate how easy it is to produce photos and video with your iSight camera. Sassy!

Capturing the Moment with iSight and Photo Booth

Does your MacBook or iMac have that tiny lens at the top of the screen? Then you're in business with your built-in iSight ...

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