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iMovie 6 & IDVD: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals)by David Pogue
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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:
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.
Book News Annotation:
Pogue explains Macintosh filmmaking and DVD design, focusing on the iMovie 6 video editing software, with four chapters devoted to iDVD. He begins with an explanation of how to capture footage from home videos or special events; outlines film techniques; describes how to edit, build the movie, and create transitions, special effects, titles, and soundtracks; covers exporting a finished film using QuickTime or other devices; and ends with details about iDVD projects, themes, and tips. Appendices cover troubleshooting, menus, and shortcuts. Pogue is the weekly tech columnist for the New York Times, a CBS correspondent, and creator and author of 17 books in the series.
Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Book News Annotation:
Pogue explains Macintosh filmmaking and DVD design, focusing on the iMovie 6 video editing software, with four chapters devoted to iDVD. He begins with an explanation of how to capture footage from home videos or special events; outlines film techniques; describes how to edit, build the movie, and create transitions, special effects, titles, and soundtracks; covers exporting a finished film using QuickTime or other devices; and ends with details about iDVD projects, themes, and tips. Appendices cover troubleshooting, menus, and shortcuts. Pogue is the weekly tech columnist for the New York Times, a CBS correspondent, and creator and author of 17 books in the series. Annotation Â©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Featuring five professionally designed themes with backgrounds, motion graphics, titles and effects that act as building blocks for projects, this guide to iMovie HD 6 shows users how to preview effects in real time using the full screen, and add sound effects with a built-in sound studio.
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
The Missing Credits; About the Authors; About the Creative Team; Acknowledgments; The Missing Manual Series; Introduction; Meet iMovie; What's New in iMovie 6; About This Book; The Very Basics; Capturing DV Footage; Chapter 1: The DV Camcorder; 1.1 Meet Digital Video; 1.2 Buying a DV Camcorder; Chapter 2: Turning Home Video into Pro Video; 2.1 Film vs. Videotape; 2.2 Film-Technique Crash Course; 2.3 Get the Shot; 2.4 Replace the Microphone; 2.5 Limit Zooming and Panning; 2.6 Keep the Camera Steady; 2.7 Video Lighting: A Crash Course; 2.8 Keep It in Focus; 2.9 Video Composition: A Crash Course; Chapter 3: Special Event Filming; 3.1 Interviews; 3.2 Music Videos; 3.3 Live Stage Performances; 3.4 Speeches; 3.5 Sports; 3.6 Photos and Old Movies; 3.7 Weddings; 3.8 Actual Scripted Films; Editing in iMovie; Chapter 4: Camcorder Meets Mac; 4.1 iMovie: The Application; 4.2 Connecting to FireWire; 4.3 Getting into iMovie; 4.4 Importing Camcorder Footage; 4.5 iSight Recording; 4.6 USB Camcorders; 4.7 High-Definition Camcorders; 4.8 The Aspect-Ratio Problem; 4.9 Magic iMovie; 4.10 Time-Lapse Recording; 4.11 Managing Project Files; 4.12 Converting Older Projects; 4.13 How iMovie Organizes Its Files; 4.14 Importing Footage from Non-DV Tapes; Chapter 5: Building the Movie; 5.1 Navigating Your Clips; 5.2 Undo, Revert, and Other Safety Nets; 5.3 Project Trash--and the Disk-Space Paradox; 5.4 Shortening Clips by Dragging; 5.5 Three Ways to Trim a Clip; 5.6 Splitting a Clip; 5.7 The Movie Track: Your Storyboard; 5.8 Tricks of the Timeline Viewer; 5.9 Playing the Movie Track; 5.10 Full-Screen Playback Mode; 5.11 Themes; Chapter 6: Transitions and Special Effects; 6.1 About Transitions; 6.2 When Not to Use Transitions; 6.3 Creating a Transition; 6.4 Transitions: The iMovie Catalog; 6.5 Downloading More Transition Choices; 6.6 Video FX; 6.7 Effects: The iMovie Catalog; 6.8 Installing More Effects; Chapter 7: Titles, Captions, and Credits; 7.1 Setting Up a Title; 7.2 Inserting and Rendering a Title; 7.3 The iMovie Titles Catalog; Chapter 8: Narration, Music, and Sound; 8.1 The Two iMovie Soundtracks; 8.2 Audio Clips; 8.3 Recording Narration; 8.4 Importing Music from iTunes or GarageBand; 8.5 Scoring in GarageBand; 8.6 Sound Effects (Crickets, Etc.); 8.7 Audio Effects (Reverb, Etc.); 8.8 Volume Adjustments; 8.9 Manipulating Audio Clips; 8.10 Overlaying Video Over Sound; 8.11 Extracting Audio from Video; Chapter 9: Still Pictures and QuickTime Movies; 9.1 Importing Still Images; 9.2 The Dimensions of an iMovie Photo; 9.3 The Ken Burns Effect; 9.4 Still Images as Titles; 9.5 Creating Still Images from Footage; 9.6 Importing QuickTime Movies; Chapter 10: Professional Editing Techniques; 10.1 The Power of Editing; 10.2 Popular Editing Techniques; Finding Your Audience; Chapter 11: Back to the Camcorder; 11.1 Why Export to Tape; 11.2 Transferring Footage to the Camcorder or VCR; 11.3 Notes on DV Tapes; Chapter 12: From iMovie to QuickTime; 12.1 Saving a QuickTime Movie; 12.2 Understanding QuickTime; 12.3 The Share Presets: What They Mean; 12.4 The Expert Settings; 12.5 The Video Codecs: A Catalog; 12.6 Burning QuickTime Movie CDs; Chapter 13: Movies on the Web, the iPod, and the Phone; 13.1 Make the Big Screen Tiny; 13.2 Method 1: Publishing Movies on a .Mac Account; 13.3 Posting a Movie on Your Own Web Site; 13.4 Other Internet "Film Festivals"; 13.5 Optimizing Online Movies; 13.6 Movies on the iPod; 13.7 Movies on Your Phone; Chapter 14: QuickTime Player; 14.1 QuickTime Player (Free Version); 14.2 QuickTime Player Pro; 14.3 Advanced QuickTime Pro: Track Tricks; iDVD 6; Chapter 15: From iMovie to iDVD; 15.1 Why iDVD?; 15.2 What You're in For; 15.3 Phase 1: Prepare Your Video; 15.4 Phase 2: Insert Chapter Markers; 15.5 Phase 3: Hand Off to iDVD; 15.6 Phase 4: Design the Menu Screen; 15.7 Phase 5: Burning Your DVD; 15.8 OneStep DVDs, Magic iDVDs; Chapter 16: iDVD Projects by Hand; 16.1 Building iDVDs; 16.2 Creating a New Project; 16.3 Adding Movies; 16.4 Submenus ("Folders"); 16.5 The DVD Map--and Autoplay; 16.6 DVD Slideshows; Chapter 17: Designing iDVD Themes; 17.1 iDVD's Built-in Themes; 17.2 Button Styles; 17.3 Editing and Positioning Text; 17.4 Changing Backgrounds; 17.5 Choosing Menu Audio; 17.6 Saving Favorites; 17.7 Buying Sound and Vision; Chapter 18: iDVD Secrets; 18.1 iDVD--The DVD-ROM Maker; 18.2 Project Info; 18.3 Uncover Your DVD Project File; 18.4 AppleScripting iDVD; 18.5 Archiving Your Project; 18.6 Disk Images; 18.7 Professional Duplicating; Appendixes; iMovie 6, Menu by Menu; iMovie Menu; File Menu; Edit Menu; View Menu; Markers Menu; Share Menu; Advanced Menu; Window Menu; Help Menu; Troubleshooting; Two Golden Rules; Preparing the Playground; General iMovie Troubleshooting; Starting Up and Importing; Title Trouble; Photo Problems; Problems Editing; Exporting Troubles; Project Corruption; Problems with Sound; DVD Problems; Where to Get Help Online; Master Keyboard Shortcut List; Colophon;
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