IMovie 6 & IDVD: The Missing Manual

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", 2006 - Computers - 499 pages
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While the last version of iMovie gave moviemakers the ability to capture and edit widescreen High Definition Video (HDV) from the new generation of camcorders, iMovie 6 is all about the ease of moviemaking itself. iMovie 6 includes five professionally designed themes with backgrounds, motion graphics, titles, and effects that act as building blocks for your projects. You can preview transitions and stunning new video effects--such as time-lapse video--in real time using the full screen. Or edit audio and add sound effects with a new built-in sound studio. For presenting your movie, Magic iDVD offers easy-to-use themes, including new widescreen options.

Whether you're a professional or an amateur moviemaker, this is amazing stuff. But if you want to learn the full capabilities of these applications, Apple documentation won't make the cut. Instead, iMovie 6 & iDVD: The Missing Manual is the ideal third-party authority that covers all of these changes through an objective lens. This witty and entertaining guide from celebrated author David Pogue details every step of iMovie 6 and iDVD production. The book shows you how to:

  • Work on multiple iMovie projects at once and drag & drop clips among them
  • Output your creation to a blog, its own web page, or as a video podcast with iWeb
  • Use "Magic iMovie" to import your video and make a movie for you
  • Integrate with other iLife programs to use songs, photos, and an original soundtrack
  • And a whole lot more


From choosing and using a digital camcorder to burning the finished work onto DVDs, posting it online, or downloading it to an iPod, iMovie 6 & iDVD: The Missing Manual zooms right in on the details in a clear, concise, and understandable manner. The book also provides a firm grounding in basic film technique so that the quality of your video won't rely entirely on magic.

  

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Review: iMovie 6 & iDVD: The Missing Manual: The Missing Manual

User Review  - Tim - Goodreads

iMovie 6 is a ridiculously complicated application. It seems to have been designed by a committee. This book made it intelligible. Still, you shouldn't need a thick book to navigate a movie app. Apple fixed this with iMovie 8,9, and 11. These are much simpler to learn. Read full review

Review: iMovie '08 & iDVD: The Missing Manual: The Missing Manual

User Review  - Guy Mofley - Goodreads

David has a great gift an explaining and puts it to use in giving you that "I knew there was a way to do this, but it wasn't obvious at first" insight. I look forward to some of his other books in the series. Read full review

Contents

Introduction I
1
Capturing DV Footage
11
Turning Home Video into Pro Video
31
Special Event Filming
63
Editing in iMovie
79
Building the Movie
119
Transitions and Special Effects
149
Titles Captions and Credits
185
From iMovie to QuickTime
285
Movies on the Web the iPod and the Phone
315
QuickTime Player
339
iDVD 6
353
iDVD Projects by Hand
389
Designing iDVD Themes
411
iDVD Secrets
425
Appendixes
441

Narration Music and Sound
217
Still Pictures and QuickTime Movies
247
Professional Editing Techniques
265
Finding Your Audience
273
Troubleshooting
461
Master Keyboard Shortcut List
479
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "For Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music). In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.

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