iMovie 2 Solutions: Tips, Tricks and Special Effects

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Create Thousand-Dollar Video Effects with iMovie and QuickTime Pro

You can do more with iMovie than you might think. You don't have to trade up to Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere to build stylish and exciting videos. iMovie 2 Solutions brings high-end visual effects to the iMovie community with easy-to-follow projects, step-by-step instructions, and companion sample videos. Whether you're a hobbyist, a budding producer, or a dedicated video ...

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Overview

Create Thousand-Dollar Video Effects with iMovie and QuickTime Pro

You can do more with iMovie than you might think. You don't have to trade up to Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere to build stylish and exciting videos. iMovie 2 Solutions brings high-end visual effects to the iMovie community with easy-to-follow projects, step-by-step instructions, and companion sample videos. Whether you're a hobbyist, a budding producer, or a dedicated video prosumer, iMovie 2 Solutions will help you create unique and breathtaking videos on a budget.

Inside, noted author Erica Sadun shows you the ins and outs of iMovie video tricks, including:

* Adding logos and watermarks to your movies

* Producing exciting picture-in-picture effects

* Creating larger and more dynamic title sequences

* Combining animated elements with your iMovie footage

* Making slide shows with great special effects, including camera pans

* Designing interactive QuickTime skins that surround your iMovie videos

* Converting your PowerPoint presentations into iMovie form

* Authoring captions and subtitles for your movies

* And more!

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Sure, it’s easy, but the conventional wisdom is that iMovie is just a toy. To do any serious video work, you need Final Cut Pro. That’s what we thought, too -- until we read iMovie 2 Solutions: Tips, Tricks, and Special Effects, by Erica Sadun.

To start with, iMovie 2’s a lot more powerful than “iMovie 1” was. Add to that the “not especially obvious” features that Sadun uncovers. Spend $29.99 on QuickTime Pro, then add a little dirt-cheap shareware from the accompanying CD-ROM, and iMovie 2 really shines. (Imagine adding logo and watermarks to your movies, creating picture-in-picture effects, adding streaming subtitles, adding custom skins around your movies -- all for maybe 5 percent of what FCP3 would cost you.)

This book introduces a truly amazing collection of techniques. Overlays. Transparencies. Animated effects, from stock tickers and overmasking through flying stripes. Imported PowerPoint slides. Even PBS documentary effects (think Ken Burns’s The Civil War).

Don’t you love it when you discover you can do amazing stuff, amazingly easily -- for next to nothing? You’ll love this. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780782140880
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Erica Sadun is the author of the best-seller Digital Photography! I Didn't Know You Could Do That and the just-released Digital Video! I Didn't Know You Could Do That. She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech's Graphics, Visualization and Usability center.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Ch. 1 Power Tips
Reveal iMovie's Secret Files 2
Get Started with QuickTime Pro 10
Move between iMovie and QuickTime 20
iMovie Power Edits 28
Ch. 2 iMovie Stills 36
Export and Modify Stills 44
Still Effects 50
Ch. 3 Overlays 56
Basic Picture-in-Picture 58
Picture Grids 66
Adding That iMovie Touch 72
Ch. 4 Transparency 76
The Grand Tour 78
Overlays and Basic Transparency 84
Focus Attention 96
Merging with Transparency 102
Ch. 5 Animated Effects 114
Basic Overlay Animation 116
A Little Transparency 124
See Through 136
Fast and Fabulous 146
Ch. 6 Titles 154
Big Text 156
Manipulate Titles 162
Artistic Titles 172
QuickTime Title Effects 190
Ch. 7 iMovie Artistry 194
Color Tricks 196
iMovie Artistry 204
Finishing Up 220
Index 229
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