iMovie: The Missing Manual

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Overview

Editing camcorder footage on a PC is nothing new. For $5,000 in circuit boards and high-end editing software, anyone can be a home-office Spielberg. But in 1999, Apple Computer made digital video editing almost as easy as using a word processor—and even less expensive. Built into each of Apple's wildly popular iMac DV computers 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. The crown jewel is the pre-installed editing software: iMovie.

Using this cleverly designed program, you can transfer DV footage from camcorder to hard drive; trim and rearrange scenes; and add crossfades, credits, and multiple sound tracks. In fact, iMovie includes almost everything you need to produce pro-quality video—except a manual.

That's where iMovie:The Missing Manual comes in. This entertaining guide takes you through every step of iMovie video production, from choosing and using a digital camcorder to burning your 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.

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 reducing the cost, complexity, and difficulty of desktop video production. The book explains, for example, how to run iMovie on any recent Mac model (not just the iMac DV); uncovers the two secret clip-editing techniques that Apple's online help doesn't even mention; and provides a powerful workaround for iMovie's weak soundtrack-editing feature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565928596
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/8/2000
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Pages: 385
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.79 (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.

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" (www.unlockingimovie.com), his own little way of trying to make the Mac world a better place.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Meet iMovie 2
About this Book 3
Part 1 Capturing DV Footage
Chapter 1 The DV Camcorder 9
Meet Digital Video 9
Buying a DV Camcorder 16
Chapter 2 Turning Home Video into Pro Video 33
Film vs. Videotape 34
Film-Technique Crash Course 35
Get the Shot 37
Replace the Microphone 40
Limit Panning and Zooming 43
Keep the Camera Steady 47
Video Lighting: A Crash Course 49
Keep it in Focus 55
Video Composition: A Crash Course 57
Chapter 3 Special-Event Filming 67
Interviews 67
Music Videos 71
Live Stage Performances 72
Speeches 75
Sports 76
Photos and Old Movies 76
Weddings 78
Actual Scripted Films 80
Part 2 Editing in iMovie
Chapter 4 Camcorder Meets Mac 85
iMovie: the Application 85
Connecting to FireWire 89
Getting Into iMovie 90
Downloading Camcorder Footage 97
How iMovie Organizes Its Files 103
Importing Footage from Non-DV Tapes 106
Chapter 5 Building the Movie Track 111
Navigating your Clips 111
Three Ways to Trim a Clip 117
Splitting a Clip 121
The Movie Track: Your Storyboard 122
Playing the Movie Track 125
Full-Screen Playback Mode 127
Chapter 6 Transitions, Crossfades, and Special Effects 129
About Transitional Effects 129
When to Use Transitions 130
Creating a Transitional Effect 131
Transitions: The iMovie Catalog 137
Chapter 7 Titles, Captions, and Credits 147
Setting Up a Title Effect 148
Inserting and Rendering a Title 155
The iMovie Titles Catalog 162
Chapter 8 Narration, Music, and Sound 173
Audio in iMovie 173
The Three iMovie Soundtracks 174
Editing Audio Clips 185
Overlaying Video Over Sound 190
Chapter 9 Picture Files and QuickTime Movies 197
Importing Still Images 197
Using Still Images as Titles 209
Exporting Still Images 211
Importing QuickTime Movies 213
Chapter 10 Professional Editing Techniques 217
The Power of Editing 217
Popular Editing Techniques 222
Part 3 Finding Your Audience
Chapter 11 Back to the Camcorder 229
Why Export to Tape 229
Transferring Footage to the Camcorder 234
Notes on DV Tapes 236
Chapter 12 From iMovie to QuickTime 239
Saving a QuickTime Movie 239
Understanding QuickTime 242
The Expert Settings 249
The Video Codecs: A Catalog 259
Burning QuickTime-Movie CDs 262
Chapter 13 Putting Movies on the Web 269
Make the Big Screen Tiny 269
Free Movie-Posting Pages 270
Posting a Movie on Your Own Web Site 276
Optimizing Online Movies 285
Part 4 Beyond iMovie
Chapter 14 QuickTime Player Pro 289
QuickTime Player (Free Version) 289
QuickTime Player Pro 294
Chapter 15 Final Cut, Premiere, and EditDV 305
Intro to the Pro Leagues 306
Working with Pro DV Software 310
Specialized Efficiency Tools 314
Special Effects 315
Part 5 Appendixes
Appendix A iMovie, Menu by Menu 323
File Menu 323
Edit Menu 325
Help Menu 329
Appendix B Troubleshooting iMovie 333
How iMovie Likes It 333
Starting Up and Capturing Video 334
Problems Editing Video 339
Problems with Sound 344
Problems Exporting to Tape 347
The Secret Preferences Document 349
Where to Get Help Online 355
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2001

    Best Manual I've ever read!

    A terrific, easy to use manual to get started with in a hurry. Better than any manual I ever bought with a product. It was easy to understand and very intuitive. The illustrations and pictures were very helpful. I thoroughly enjoyed the tips and tricks found in most chapters. I enjoyed it so much that it was hard to set it down. I even edited a highlights video for my son's high school sports banquet - I received a standing ovation! Having a background in video production, I think this book is great for beginners and more advanced users. Now, I keep the IMovie: Missing Manual with me all the time when I'm editing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2000

    This is the one you want.

    This is the best $20 dollars you can spend for this free program. There are many tips and instructions you'll never learn from the help center. Written in easy to understand and easy to read style that won't let you put it down, once you start.

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