iMovie '11 and iDVD: The Missing Manual

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Apple's video-editing program is better than ever, but it still doesn’t have a printed guide to help you get started. That's where this gorgeous, full-color book comes in. You get clear explanations of iMovie's impressive new features, like instant rendering, storyboarding, and one-step special effects. Experts David Pogue and Aaron Miller also give you a complete course in film editing and DVD design.

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Apple's video-editing program is better than ever, but it still doesn’t have a printed guide to help you get started. That's where this gorgeous, full-color book comes in. You get clear explanations of iMovie's impressive new features, like instant rendering, storyboarding, and one-step special effects. Experts David Pogue and Aaron Miller also give you a complete course in film editing and DVD design.

  • Edit video like the pros. Import raw footage, add transitions, and use iMovie’s newly restored, intuitive timeline editor.
  • Create stunning trailers. Design Hollywood-style "Coming Attractions!" previews for your movies.
  • Share your film. Distribute your movie in a variety of places—on smartphones, Apple TV, your own site, and with one-click exports to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, CNN iReport, and MobileMe.
  • Make DVDs. Design the menus, titles, and layout for your DVDs, and burn them to disc.

This book covers version 9 of Apple's iMovie software.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449393274
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 188,591
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

David Pogue 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. With 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes more than 100 titles.

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.

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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 the New iMovie;
iMovie: What’s It Good For?;
A Camcorder Crash Course;
About This Book;
The Very Basics;
Online Resources;
Safari® Books Online;
Part 1: Editing in iMovie;
Chapter 1: Importing Video;
1.1 iMovie: The Application;
1.2 Getting into iMovie;
1.3 Importing Footage from a Tape Camcorder;
1.4 Importing from Tapeless Camcorders;
1.5 Importing from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch;
1.6 Importing from DVD Camcorders;
1.7 Recording Live from a Camcorder or iSight Camera;
1.8 Importing Old iMovie Projects;
1.9 Dragging Video In from the Finder;
1.10 Importing with iMovie’s Drop Box Folder;
1.11 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 Five 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 to 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, People, Favorites, and Rejects;
4.1 Marking Favorites and Rejects: The Two-Step Method;
4.2 Marking Favorites and Rejects: The One-Step Method;
4.3 Unmarking;
4.4 Selecting Marked Footage;
4.5 Hiding and Showing Favorites and Rejects;
4.6 Keywords;
4.7 People;
4.8 The Keyword/People Filter;
4.9 Deleting Footage for Good;
4.10 Space Saver;
Chapter 5: Transitions, Themes, Travel Maps, and Animatics;
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;
5.10 Animatics;
Chapter 6: Video Effects;
6.1 Video Effects;
6.2 Fast/Slow/Reverse;
6.3 Green Screen/Blue Screen;
6.4 Picture-in-Picture (PiP);
6.5 Side-by-Side;
6.6 One-Step Effects;
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 Three 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 Multiple Clip Adjustments;
9.10 Removing Audio Adjustments;
9.11 Audio Effects, Enhancements, and Equalizers;
9.12 Editing Audio in GarageBand;
Chapter 10: Photos;
10.1 Importing Still Images;
10.2 The Photo 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: Movie Trailers;
11.1 Trailers Basics;
11.2 The Trailers Catalog;
11.3 Building Your Trailer;
11.4 Customizing Your Trailer;
Chapter 12: Advanced Editing;
12.1 The Power of Editing;
12.2 Popular Editing Techniques;
12.3 Back and Forth to iMovie 6;
Part 2: Finding Your Audience;
Chapter 13: Exporting to iPod, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, or Front Row;
13.1 Exporting the Movie to iTunes;
13.2 From iTunes to iPod, iPhone, and So On;
Chapter 14: Exporting to YouTube and the Web;
14.1 iMovie to YouTube;
14.2 iMovie to MobileMe;
14.3 iMovie to Facebook;
14.4 iMovie to Vimeo;
14.5 iMovie to CNN iReport;
14.6 Custom Web Pages: Two Roads;
Chapter 15: From iMovie to QuickTime;
15.1 Understanding QuickTime;
15.2 The Export Pop-up Menu;
15.3 The Video Codecs: A Catalog;
15.4 Saving a QuickTime Movie;
Chapter 16: QuickTime Player;
16.1 QuickTime Player X;
16.2 QuickTime Player 7 (Free Version);
16.3 QuickTime Player Pro;
16.4 Advanced QuickTime Pro: Track Tricks;
Part 3: iDVD ’11;
Chapter 17: iDVD Basics;
17.1 Why iDVD?;
17.2 What You’re in For;
17.3 Phase 1: Prepare Your Video;
17.4 Phase 2: Insert Chapter Markers;
17.5 Phase 3: Export from iMovie ’11;
17.6 Phase 4: Design the Menu Screen;
17.7 Phase 5: Add Your Movies;
17.8 Phase 6: Burning Your DVD;
17.9 OneStep DVDs and Magic iDVDs;
Chapter 18: Dvd Menus, Slideshows, and the Map;
18.1 Adding Movies;
18.2 Submenus (“Folders”);
18.3 The DVD Map—and Autoplay;
18.4 DVD Slideshows;
Chapter 19: Designing iDVD Themes;
19.1 iDVD’s Built-In Themes;
19.2 Editing Buttons;
19.3 Editing Text;
19.4 Editing Backgrounds;
19.5 Menu Audio;
19.6 Saving Favorites;
Chapter 20: Advanced iDVD;
20.1 iDVD: The DVD-ROM Maker;
20.2 Uncover Your DVD Project File;
20.3 Automator and iDVD;
20.4 Archiving Your Project;
20.5 Disk Images;
20.6 Professional Duplicating;
Part 4: Appendixes;
iMovie ’11, Menu by Menu;
iMovie Menu;
File Menu;
Edit Menu;
Clip 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 April 6, 2011

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    This manual saved me a business relationship!

    In promoting iMovie '11 Apple talked about three (I believe) big changes. My understanding was the rest was all the same. When I searched online for help, frequently the help was not there or it was for a previous version of iMovie. I was salivating waiting for this manual to arrive and it didn't disappoint (I ordered pre-release.) If you, like me, have never used a David Pogue missing manual before, have no fear! I learned more in two hours of reading than I have in two months of working with iMovie based on intuition and trial and error. It also has explanations for head banging questions of "why did the program just do that?" and quick fixes. Even if you've never used a previous iMovie, this manual is perfect. The authors address new users and upgrade users! It is the best user manual I have ever used, and I've been a PC and Mac user since the late 80's!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2011

    Great Resource Book

    Can't imagine working with iMovie 11, if I did not have my Missing Manual. In fact I have Missing Manuals for all my Apple applications as well as my iPod Touch. You get so much more use out of these items with the use of these easy to read manuals. Try one and there is no going back.

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