iMovie '09 and iDVD: The Missing Manual [NOOK Book]


Bursting with new features, Apple's iMovie '09 is vastly more usable and complete than iMovie '08 -- amazing right out of the box. But the box doesn't include a good user's guide, so learning these applications is another matter. iMovie '09 and iDVD: The Missing Manual gets you up to speed on everything you need to turn raw digital footage into highly creative video projects.
You get crystal-clear, jargon-free explanations of iMovie's new video effects, slow & fast motion, ...
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Bursting with new features, Apple's iMovie '09 is vastly more usable and complete than iMovie '08 -- amazing right out of the box. But the box doesn't include a good user's guide, so learning these applications is another matter. iMovie '09 and iDVD: The Missing Manual gets you up to speed on everything you need to turn raw digital footage into highly creative video projects.
You get crystal-clear, jargon-free explanations of iMovie's new video effects, slow & fast motion, advanced drag & drop, video stabilization, and more. Author and New York Times tech columnist David Pogue uses an objective lens to scrutinize every step of process, including how to:
Organize your videos just like your photos, and precisely edit with ease
Work on multiple iMovie projects at once and drag & drop clips among them
Integrate with other iLife programs to use songs, photos, and an original sound track
Output your creation to a blog, its own web page, or as a video podcast with iWeb
Understand basic film techniques to improve the quality of the video you bring to iMovie
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 '09 & iDVD: The Missing Manual helps you zoom right in on the details.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596555726
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/17/2009
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 888,796
  • File size: 22 MB
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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. 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 complete, funny computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 30 titles.

David and his wife Jennifer Pogue, MD, live in Connecticut with their three young children. His web site is

Aaron Miller is a part-time lawyer, part-time professor, and runs a software company serving nonprofit organizations. In all of his spare time, he authors the blog "Unlocking iMovie" (, his own little way of trying to make the Mac world a better place. If he's not at his computer, he's probably playing Ultimate Frisbee or "tickle monster" with his kids.

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Table of Contents

The Missing Credits;
About the Authors;
About the Creative Team;
The Missing Manual Series;
The Difficult Birth of iMovie '08 and '09;
iMovie: What's It Good For?;
A Camcorder Crash Course;
About This Book;
The Very Basics;
Safari® Books Online;
Part I: Editing in iMovie;
Chapter 1: Importing Video;
1.1 iMovie: The Application;
1.2 Getting into iMovie;
1.3 Importing from a Tape Camcorder;
1.4 Importing from Tapeless Camcorders;
1.5 Importing from DVD Camcorders;
1.6 Recording Live from a Camcorder or iSight Camera;
1.7 Importing Old iMovie Projects;
1.8 Dragging Video In from the Finder;
1.9 Importing Footage from Old Analog Tapes;
Chapter 2: The Lay of the Land;
2.1 The Concept of Movie Projects;
2.2 The Project Library;
2.3 Aspect Ratios: The Missing Manual;
2.4 All About Events;
2.5 Four Ways to Remodel Your Workspace;
Chapter 3: Building the Movie;
3.1 Phase 1: Review Your Clips (Skim + Play);
3.2 Phase 2: Select the Good Bits;
3.3 Phase 3: Build the Storyboard;
3.4 Phases 2–3 (Alternate): Paint-to-Insert;
3.5 Phase 4: Fine-Tune the Edit;
3.6 Storyboard Playback;
3.7 Full-Screen Playback;
3.8 Rearranging Video;
3.9 Copying and Pasting Video;
3.10 Shortening or Lengthening Clips;
3.11 Splitting a Clip;
3.12 Cutaways;
3.13 The Precision Editor;
Chapter 4: Video Chunks: Keywords, Favorites, and Rejects;
4.1 Marking Favorites and Rejects: Two-Step Method;
4.2 Marking Favorites and Rejects: One-Step Method;
4.3 Unmarking;
4.4 Selecting Marked Footage;
4.5 Hiding and Showing Favorites and Rejects;
4.6 Keywords;
4.7 The Keyword Filter;
4.8 Deleting Footage for Good;
4.9 Space Saver;
Chapter 5: Transitions, Themes, and Travel Maps;
5.1 About Transitions;
5.2 When Not to Use Transitions;
5.3 Two Ways to "Transish";
5.4 Creating Individual Transition Effects;
5.5 A Long Discussion of Transition Lengths;
5.6 Automatic Transitions;
5.7 Transitions: The iMovie Catalog;
5.8 Themes;
5.9 Travel Maps;
Chapter 6: Video Effects, Slo-Mo, Green Screen, and Picture-in-Picture;
6.1 Video Effects;
6.2 Fast/Slow/Reverse;
6.3 Green Screen;
6.4 Picture-in-Picture (PiP);
Chapter 7: Stabilization, Color Fixes, Cropping, and Rotating;
7.1 Video Stabilization;
7.2 Color Fixes;
7.3 Cropping Video;
7.4 Rotating Video;
Chapter 8: Titles, Subtitles, and Credits;
8.1 Setting Up a Title;
8.2 Font, Size, and Style;
8.3 Checking the Result;
8.4 Editing or Deleting a Title;
Chapter 9: Narration, Music, and Sound;
9.1 Two Kinds of Audio;
9.2 Adding Audio to the Storyboard;
9.3 Background Music;
9.4 Sound Effects (Pinned Music);
9.5 Editing to the Beat;
9.6 Recording Narration;
9.7 Extracting Audio from Video;
9.8 Volume Adjustments;
9.9 Editing Audio in GarageBand;
Chapter 10: Photos;
10.1 Importing Still Images;
10.2 The Photos Browser;
10.3 Two Ways to Add Photos;
10.4 The Dimensions of an iMovie Photo;
10.5 Crop, Fit, Rotate;
10.6 The Ken Burns Effect;
10.7 Creating Still Images from Footage;
10.8 Exporting a Still Frame;
Chapter 11: Advanced Editing;
11.1 The Power of Editing;
11.2 Popular Editing Techniques;
11.3 Back and Forth to iMovie 6;
Part II: Finding Your Audience;
Chapter 12: Exporting to iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, or Front Row;
12.1 Exporting the Movie to iTunes;
12.2 From iTunes to iPod, iPhone, Etc.;
Chapter 13: Exporting to YouTube and the Web;
13.1 Method 1: iMovie to YouTube;
13.2 Method 2: iMovie to MobileMe;
13.3 Custom Web Pages: Three Roads;
13.4 Method 3: iMovie to iWeb;
13.5 Method 4: HomePage;
13.6 Method 5: Posting a Movie on Your Site;
Chapter 14: From iMovie to QuickTime;
14.1 Understanding QuickTime;
14.2 The Export Pop-up Menu;
14.3 The Video Codecs: A Catalog;
14.4 Saving a QuickTime Movie;
Chapter 15: QuickTime Player;
15.1 QuickTime Player (Free Version);
15.2 QuickTime Player Pro;
15.3 Advanced QuickTime Pro: Track Tricks;
Part III: iDVD '09;
Chapter 16: iDVD Basics;
16.1 Why iDVD?;
16.2 What You're In For;
16.3 Phase 1: Prepare Your Video;
16.4 Phase 2: Insert Chapter Markers;
16.5 Phase 3: Export from iMovie '09;
16.6 Phase 4: Design the Menu Screen;
16.7 Phase 5: Add Your Movies;
16.8 Phase 6: Burning Your DVD;
16.9 OneStep DVDs, Magic iDVDs;
Chapter 17: DVD Menus, Slideshows, and the Map;
17.1 Adding Movies;
17.2 Submenus ("Folders");
17.3 The DVD Map—and Autoplay;
17.4 DVD Slideshows;
Chapter 18: Designing iDVD Themes;
18.1 iDVD's Built-in Themes;
18.2 Editing Buttons;
18.3 Editing Text;
18.4 Editing Backgrounds;
18.5 Menu Audio;
18.6 Saving Favorites;
Chapter 19: Advanced iDVD;
19.1 iDVD: The DVD-ROM Maker;
19.2 Uncover Your DVD Project File;
19.3 AppleScripting iDVD;
19.4 Archiving Your Project;
19.5 Disk Images;
19.6 Professional Duplicating;
Part IV: Appendixes;
iMovie '09, Menu by Menu;
iMovie Menu;
File Menu;
Edit Menu;
View Menu;
Text Menu;
Share Menu;
Window Menu;
Help Menu;
Drag and Drop Menu;
Two Golden Rules;
General iMovie Troubleshooting;
Starting Up and Importing;
Where to Get Help;
Master Keyboard Shortcut List;
Panes, Panels, and Windows;
Event Browser and Storyboard;
Working with Clips;
Music and Audio;
Editing Titles;
Visual Cheat Sheet;

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  • Posted June 5, 2009


    Do you want to know more about iMovie and iDVD? If you do, then this book is for you! Authors David Pogue and Aaron Miller, have done an outstanding job of writing a book that is designed to be used as the ultimate iMovie and iDVD manual.

    Pogue and Miller, begin by showing you how to transfer your footage into iMovie; edit your clips; place them into a timeline; add crossfades and titles; work with your soundtracks; and, more. Next, the authors present step-by-step instructions on how to take your cinematic masterpiece on your screen to the world, by looking at how iMovie excels at exporting your work to- the Web; YouTube; an iPod or iPhone; an Apple TV; a QuickTime file on your hard drive; or, iDVD for burning. Finally, the authors cover the world's easiest-to-use DVD design and burning software.

    This most excellent book explores each iMovie feature in depth; offers illustrated catalogs of the various title and transition effects; offers shortcuts and workarounds; and, unearths features that the online help doesn't even mention. More importantly, it provides a complete course in film editing and DVD design.

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    essential tutorial

    Of course, all the information in this book is on the internet ... somewhere. But where? Certainly not on the Apple website, as iMovie '09 is now "obsolete" and most of the links to iMovie '09 information on Apple's site are now gone. Even when iMovie '09 was "supported", Apple offered nothing as useful as this 'missing manual'. This book brings together everything you need to complete your movie project. Yes, iMovie '09 is still very useful. I'm not switching to something newer until Apple produces an update which is CLEARLY better than iMovie '09, and less expensive than Final Cut.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010


    more detailed than I needed, but still helpful.

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