Apple is set to lead the home-video revolution - by offering iMovie as a basic spec in both the DV iMacs unveiled yesterday.

A stripped-down version of Final Cut Pro, iMovie can be used to rearrange and edit and video clips. Users can run cross-dissolves, fades, add music, scrolling titles and splice clips together.

FireWire can then be used to transfer video onto the iMac from a digital video camera. The movies can be saved to the hard drive, or transfered back to a camcorder for copying to onto digital or VHS videotape. Saving into a QuickTime format allows movies to be sent via the Internet.

Apple’s home-video move targets the owners of the eight million digital camcorders that, to date, have been sold worldwide.