IMovie HD & IDVD 5: The Missing Manual

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", 2005 - Computers - 516 pages
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The latest versions of iMovie HD and iDVD 5 are, by far, the most robust moviemaking applications available to consumers today. But whether you're a professional or an amateur moviemaker eager to take advantage of the full capabilities of these applications, don't count on Apple documentation to make the cut. You need iMovie HD & iDVD 5: The Missing Manual, the objective authority on iMovie HD and iDVD 5.Even if you own a previous version of iMovie, the new feature-rich iMovie HD may well be impossible to resist. This video editing program now enables users to capture and edit widescreen High Definition Video (HDV) from the new generation of HDV camcorders, along with standard DV and the MPEG-4 video format. iMovie HD also includes "Magic iMovie" for making finished movies automatically. The feature does everything in one step--imports video into separate clips and adds titles, transitions, and music. The finished video is then ready for iDVD 5, which now includes 15 new themes with animated drop zones that can display video clips across DVD menus, just like the latest Hollywood DVDs.This witty and entertaining guide from celebrated author David Pogue not only details every step of iMovie HD video production--from choosing and using a digital camcorder to burning the finished work onto DVDs--but provides a firm grounding in basic film technique so that the quality of a video won't rely entirely on magic.iMovie HD & iDVD 5: The Missing Manual includes expert techniques and tricks for:

  • Capturing quality footage (including tips on composition, lighting, and even special-event filming)
  • Building your movie track, incorporating transitions and special effects, and adding narration, music, and sound
  • Working with picture files and QuickTime movies
  • Reaching your intended audience by exporting to tape, transferring iMovie to QuickTime, burning QuickTime-Movie CDs, and putting movies on the Web (and even on your cell phone!)
  • Using iDVD 5 to stylize and burn your DVD creation
iMovie HD & iDVD 5: The Missing Manual--it's your moviemaking-made-easy guide.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Capturing DV Footage
11
The DV Camcorder
13
Turning Home Video into Pro Video
33
Special Event Filming
67
Editing in iMovie
83
Camcorder Meets Mac
85
Building the Movie
119
Back to the Camcorder
275
From iMovie to QuickTime
285
Movies on the Weband On the Phone
315
QuickTime Player
335
iDVD 5
349
From iMovie to iDVD
351
iDVD Projects by Hand
385
Designing iDVD Themes
409

Transitions and Effects
145
Titles Captions and Credits
179
Narration Music and Sound
215
Still Pictures and QuickTime Movies
243
Professional Editing Techniques
263
Finding Your Audience
273
iDVD Secrets
433
Appendixes
455
iMovie HD Menu by Menu
457
Troubleshooting
475
Master Keyboard Shortcut List
495
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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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