iMovie 08 and iDvd: The Missing Manual

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Whether you consider yourself a pro or a hobbyist, you have to admit that Apple's iMovie 08 and iDVD 08 are amazing right out of the box. Unfortunately, the box doesn't include much of a user's guide, so learning about these applications is another matter. iMovie 08 & iDVD: The Missing Manual gets you up to speed on all of the themes, motion graphics, titles, effects — everything that lets you turn raw digital footage into highly creative video projects.

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Overview

Whether you consider yourself a pro or a hobbyist, you have to admit that Apple's iMovie 08 and iDVD 08 are amazing right out of the box. Unfortunately, the box doesn't include much of a user's guide, so learning about these applications is another matter. iMovie 08 & iDVD: The Missing Manual gets you up to speed on all of the themes, motion graphics, titles, effects — everything that lets you turn raw digital footage into highly creative video projects.

You get crystal-clear and jargon-free explanations of all the iMovie 08 and iDVD 08 features, including the new video library, how to view transitions, titles, and sound in real time as you add them, and ways to publish your creations directly to YouTube. Renowned author David Pogue — tech columnist for the New York Times — uses an objective lens to scrutinize every step of process, including 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 sound track
  • And a whole lot more
From choosing and using a digital camcorder to burning the finished work onto DVDs, posting it online, or creating versions for iPod and iPhone, iMovie 08 & iDVD: The Missing Manual zooms right in on the details in a 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596516192
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 1,073,405
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet 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.

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Table of Contents

The Missing Credits;
About the Author;
About the Creative Team;
Acknowledgments;
The Missing Manual Series;
For Starters;
Introduction;
The Difficult Birth of iMovie ’08;
iDVD;
About This Book;
The Very Basics;
Shooting Great Video;
Chapter 1: A Field Guide to Camcorders;
1.1 Meet Digital Video;
1.2 What’s It Good For?;
1.3 Tape vs. Tapeless;
1.4 High Definition;
1.5 AVCHD, MPEG-2, and Other Such Jargon;
1.6 Camcorder Features: Which Are Worthwhile?;
1.7 Where and How to Buy;
1.8 The Long-Term Storage Problem;
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: Importing Video;
4.1 iMovie: The Application;
4.2 Getting into iMovie;
4.3 Importing from a Tape Camcorder;
4.4 Importing from Tapeless Camcorders;
4.5 Importing from DVD Camcorders;
4.6 Recording Live from a Camcorder or iSight Camera;
4.7 Importing Old iMovie Projects;
4.8 Dragging Video In from the Finder;
4.9 Importing Footage from Non-DV Tapes;
Chapter 5: The Lay of the Land;
5.1 The Concept of Movie Projects;
5.2 Creating a Project;
5.3 Aspect Ratios: The Missing Manual;
5.4 All About Events;
5.5 Four Ways to Remodel Your Workspace;
Chapter 6: Building the Movie;
6.1 Phase 1: Review Your Clips (Skim + Play);
6.2 Phase 3: Build the Storyboard;
6.3 Phase 2–3 (Alternate): Paint-to-Insert;
6.4 Phase 4: Fine-Tune the Edit;
6.5 Storyboard Playback;
6.6 Full-Screen Playback;
6.7 Rearranging Video;
6.8 Copying and Pasting Video;
6.9 Shortening or Lengthening Clips;
6.10 Splitting a Clip;
Chapter 7: Video Chunks: Keywords, Favorites, and Rejects;
7.1 Marking Favorites and Rejects: Two-Step Method;
7.2 Marking Favorites and Rejects: One-Step Method;
7.3 Unmarking;
7.4 Selecting Marked Footage;
7.5 Hiding and Showing Favorites and Rejects;
7.6 Keywords;
7.7 The Keyword Filter;
7.8 Deleting Footage for Good;
7.9 Space Saver;
Chapter 8: Transitions;
8.1 About Transitions;
8.2 When Not to Use Transitions;
8.3 Two Ways to “Transish”;
8.4 Creating Individual Transition Effects;
8.5 A Long Discussion of Transition Lengths;
8.6 Automatic Transitions;
8.7 Transitions: The iMovie Catalog;
Chapter 9: Color Fixes, Cropping, and Rotating;
9.1 Phase 1: Select the Clip, Find the Frame;
9.2 Phase 2: The Video Adjustments Panel;
9.3 Introduction to the Histogram;
9.4 Cropping Video;
9.5 Rotating Video;
Chapter 10: Titles, Subtitles, and Credits;
10.1 Setting Up a Title;
10.2 Font, Size, and Style;
10.3 Checking the Result;
10.4 Editing or Deleting a Title;
Chapter 11: Narration, Music, and Sound;
11.1 Two Kinds of Audio;
11.2 Adding Audio to the Storyboard;
11.3 Background Music;
11.4 Sound Effects (Pinned Music);
11.5 Recording Narration;
11.6 Extracting Audio from Video;
11.7 Volume Adjustments;
11.8 Editing Audio in GarageBand;
Chapter 12: Photos;
12.1 Importing Still Images;
12.2 The Photos Browser;
12.3 Two Ways to Add Photos;
12.4 The Dimensions of an iMovie Photo;
12.5 Crop, Fit, Rotate;
12.6 The Ken Burns Effect;
12.7 Creating Still Images from Footage;
12.8 Exporting a Still Frame;
Chapter 13: Advanced Editing;
13.1 The Power of Editing;
13.2 Popular Editing Techniques;
13.3 Back and Forth to iMovie 6;
Finding Your Audience;
Chapter 14: Exporting to iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, or Front Row;
14.1 Exporting the Movie to iTunes;
14.2 From iTunes to iPod, iPhone, Etc.;
Chapter 15: Exporting to YouTube and the Web;
15.1 Method 1: iMovie → YouTube;
15.2 Method 2: iMovie → .Mac Web Gallery;
15.3 Custom Web Pages: Three Roads;
15.4 Method 3: iMovie → iWeb;
15.5 Method 4: HomePage;
15.6 Method 5: Posting a Movie on Your Own Web Site;
Chapter 16: From iMovie to QuickTime;
16.1 Understanding QuickTime;
16.2 The Export Pop-up Menu;
16.3 The Video Codecs: A Catalog;
16.4 Saving a QuickTime Movie;
Chapter 17: QuickTime Player;
17.1 QuickTime Player (Free Version);
17.2 QuickTime Player Pro;
17.3 Advanced QuickTime Pro: Track Tricks;
iDVD ’08;
Chapter 18: iDVD Basics;
18.1 Why iDVD?;
18.2 What You’re In For;
18.3 Phase 1: Prepare Your Video;
18.4 Phase 2: Export from iMovie;
18.5 Phase 3: Insert Chapter Markers;
18.6 Phase 4: Design the Menu Screen;
18.7 Phase 5: Add Your Movies;
18.8 Phase 6: Burning Your DVD;
18.9 OneStep DVDs, Magic iDVDs;
Chapter 19: DVD Menus, Slideshows, and the Map;
19.1 Adding Movies;
19.2 Submenus (“Folders”);
19.3 The DVD Map—and Autoplay;
19.4 DVD Slideshows;
Chapter 20: Designing iDVD Themes;
20.1 iDVD’s Built-in Themes;
20.2 Editing Buttons;
20.3 Editing Text;
20.4 Editing Backgrounds;
20.5 Menu Audio;
20.6 Saving Favorites;
Chapter 21: Advanced iDVD;
21.1 iDVD: The DVD-ROM Maker;
21.2 Uncover Your DVD Project File;
21.3 AppleScripting iDVD;
21.4 Archiving Your Project;
21.5 Disk Images;
21.6 Professional Duplicating;
Appendixes;
iMovie ’08, Menu by Menu;
iMovie Menu;
File Menu;
Edit Menu;
View Menu;
Text Menu;
Share Menu;
Window Menu;
Help Menu;
Troubleshooting;
Two Golden Rules;
General iMovie Troubleshooting;
Starting Up and Importing;
Editing;
Exporting;
Where to Get Help;
Master Keyboard Shortcut List;
Panes, Panels, and Windows;
Event Browser and Storyboard;
Playback;
Editing;
Working with Clips;
Music and Audio;
Editing Titles;
Visual Cheat Sheet;
Colophon;

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