iMovie 3 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide

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Crammed with new features--but lacking any documentation to speak of--iMovie 3 is a tool just waiting to be tapped, and this Visual QuickStart Guide provides the key. If you're already familiar with Apple's video editing software, you'll welcome the easy-to-find coverage of all of iMovie's new features--including seamless integration with other iLife applications, added visual effects, powerful new audio controls and effects, chapter markers, and instant DVD export. If you're using iMovie for the first time, the ...
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Overview

Crammed with new features--but lacking any documentation to speak of--iMovie 3 is a tool just waiting to be tapped, and this Visual QuickStart Guide provides the key. If you're already familiar with Apple's video editing software, you'll welcome the easy-to-find coverage of all of iMovie's new features--including seamless integration with other iLife applications, added visual effects, powerful new audio controls and effects, chapter markers, and instant DVD export. If you're using iMovie for the first time, the accessible, step-by-step format will have you making movies in no time. Using hundreds of screen shots (all updated to reflect iMovie 3's new interface) and tips gleaned from personal experience, noted Mac author Jeff Carlson covers all the bases here--from shooting and capturing footage, viewing clips, and working in the iMovie timeline to using special effects and transitions and adding sound, music, titles, and narration. New in this edition are an expanded Shooting section (with examples of such real-world uses as wedding videography), information on third-party plug-ins, and much more.
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Focusing on the video components of Apple's iLife applications (see Computer Media, LJ 8/03), these three guides cover moviemaking more thoroughly than general iLife overviews, as well as the newer iMovie v.3 (available as a free download, with new Macs, or as part of the iLife CD purchase); libraries that own older titles should update. QuickStart spruces up an older edition with material on new features in v.3 (e.g., improved audio editing) and working with stills; there's also a short appendix on troubleshooting. After discussing digital camcorder features, it moves through shooting video and capturing audio, not getting into iMovie basics until a third of the way through. Extensive screen shots and step-by-step instructions make this a solid, nonthreatening purchase for beginners and all libraries, in conjunction with more comprehensive guides. For beginning to intermediate readers, Teach Yourself shows how to use iMovie and iDVD 3 together to create movies and burn them to DVD using Apple's SuperDrive. Notes, tips, and cautions add more info; suggested tasks, quizzes, exercises, and Q&A aid in self-study. One caveat: in pursuit of simplification, the authors sometimes use nonstandard terms ("adding" rather than "importing" audio, for example), which can make it difficult to locate a topic of interest. A good choice for task-based coverage of the most useful and common functions of both popular programs, for all libraries. Missing Manual also covers both programs, although the bulk is devoted to iMovie. Topics range from buying a DV camcorder, to adding titles, to using built-in themes in iDVD. Appendixes address each menu of iMovie 3 and iMovie troubleshooting extras; downloads are available online at missingmanuals.com; sidebars and tips add info. More thorough than Teach Yourself, this is appropriate for all libraries and beginning to intermediate users. If you can buy only one, choose Missing Manual. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321193971
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 6/24/2003
  • Series: Visual QuickStart Guide Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 7.14 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Ch. 1 The Digital Camcorder 3
Ch. 2 Composition and Coverage 15
Ch. 3 The Camera in Motion 31
Ch. 4 Lighting 39
Ch. 5 Capturing Audio 47
Ch. 6 iMovie Overview 57
Ch. 7 Importing Footage 69
Ch. 8 Editing Video 81
Ch. 9 Editing Still Pictures 95
Ch. 10 Editing Audio 103
Ch. 11 Transitions 117
Ch. 12 Titles 125
Ch. 13 Effects 135
Ch. 14 Moving Back to Tape 143
Ch. 15 QuickTime and the Web 147
Ch. 16 Exporting to DVD 165
App. A Troubleshooting 173
App. B: Resources 177
Index 181
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