iMovie 2: The Missing Manual

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When it created iMovie in 1999, Apple Computer made digital video editing almost as easy as using a word processor—and even less expensive. Built into most modern Macintosh models is the circuitry needed to record pro-quality video from a digital camcorder, and then send the edited movies back to TV or tape with zero picture-quality loss.Now Apple takes the revolution to the next level with the dramatically enhanced iMovie 2.0. The new software adds the option of inserting new video over a continuous audio track;...

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Overview

When it created iMovie in 1999, Apple Computer made digital video editing almost as easy as using a word processor—and even less expensive. Built into most modern Macintosh models is the circuitry needed to record pro-quality video from a digital camcorder, and then send the edited movies back to TV or tape with zero picture-quality loss.Now Apple takes the revolution to the next level with the dramatically enhanced iMovie 2.0. The new software adds the option of inserting new video over a continuous audio track; removes limitations on the number of raw clips from which to choose scenes; and offers bonuses such as special effects and brightness and contrast adjustments, much greater typographical flexibility in its title- and credit-maker, and a far more useful and complete audio-track editor.But one thing hasn't changed: iMovie 2, though much more sophisticated than its predecessor, still doesn't come with a single page of printed instructions.Pogue Press/O'Reilly's iMovie: The Missing Manual, released in May 2000, became an instant bestseller, requiring two reprints in three months and earning rave five-star reviews on Amazom.com. This entertaining guide covers every step of iMovie video production, from choosing and using a digital camcorder to burning the finished work onto CDs. The book's philosophy: Giving someone iMovie without also teaching basic film technique is like giving a map to a teenager without teaching him to drive.Now author David Pogue is back with an expanded, revised edition, now called iMovie 2: The Missing Manual, rewritten to cover iMovie 2 and nothing but.Far deeper and more detailed than the meager set of online help screens included with iMovie, the book helps iMovie users realize the software's potential as a breakthrough in the cost, complexity, and difficulty of desktop video production.With a technical review by Glenn Reid, architect and lead engineer of both iMovie and iMovie 2.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596001049
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/8/2001
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 7.14 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.02 (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. 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

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Capturing DV Footage
Ch. 1 The DV Camcorder 13
Ch. 2 Turning Home Video into Pro Video 37
Ch. 3 Special-Event Filming 71
Pt. 2 Editing in iMovie
Ch. 4 Camcorder Meets Mac 89
Ch. 5 Building the Movie 115
Ch. 6 Building the Movie 122
Ch. 7 Transitions and Effects 141
Ch. 8 Titles, Captions, and Credits 167
Ch. 9 Narration, Music, and Sound 197
Ch. 10 Still Pictures and QuickTime Movies 225
Ch. 11 Professional Editing Techniques 247
Pt. 3 Finding Your Audience
Ch. 12 Back to the Camcorder 259
Ch. 13 From iMovie to QuickTime 271
Ch. 14 Putting Movies on the Web 301
Pt. 4 Beyond iMovie
Ch. 15 QuickTime Player Pro 321
Ch. 16 Final Cut, Premiere, and EditDV 353
App. A iMovie 2, Menu by Menu 353
App. B Troubleshooting iMovie 2 363
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2002

    More than a manual!

    First off let me say that if you use iMovie 2, you need this book. I picked up this book in hopes to learn the new version of iMovie, and came out knowing a ton about equiptment, technique, and ways that the pros do it as well as how to use iMovie. I can't say enough about the author and the incredible job he did. I will even go so far as to say if you are going to buy a camcorder in the near future - or are just curious with the differences between the camcorders out there, the first chapter of the book will enlighten you plenty. If you want a good solid foundation on technique, read chapter two. It is incredible the things I learned in two days reading through the book. Later chapters tell you of each of the effects and transitions available as well as directing you to downloads. You will learn all the cool text tricks, and even how to incorporate still images into your movie. You will also learn resolution for TV output and a plethora of info on making your DV movies ready to go on the web. This book TRULY has it all. If you're a beginner or a pro, I would reccomend this book to add to your collection.

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