iMovie HD and iDVDs 5: The Missing Manual

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The latest versions of iMovie HD and iDVD 5 are, by far, the most robust moviemaking applications available to consumers today. But whether you're a professional or an amateur moviemaker eager to take advantage of the full capabilities of these applications, don't count on Apple documentation to make the cut. You need iMovie HD & iDVD 5: The Missing Manual, the objective authority on iMovie HD and iDVD 5.Even if you own a previous version of iMovie, the new feature-rich iMovie HD may well be impossible to ...

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Overview

The latest versions of iMovie HD and iDVD 5 are, by far, the most robust moviemaking applications available to consumers today. But whether you're a professional or an amateur moviemaker eager to take advantage of the full capabilities of these applications, don't count on Apple documentation to make the cut. You need iMovie HD & iDVD 5: The Missing Manual, the objective authority on iMovie HD and iDVD 5.Even if you own a previous version of iMovie, the new feature-rich iMovie HD may well be impossible to resist. This video editing program now enables users to capture and edit widescreen High Definition Video (HDV) from the new generation of HDV camcorders, along with standard DV and the MPEG-4 video format. iMovie HD also includes "Magic iMovie" for making finished movies automatically. The feature does everything in one step—imports video into separate clips and adds titles, transitions, and music. The finished video is then ready for iDVD 5, which now includes 15 new themes with animated drop zones that can display video clips across DVD menus, just like the latest Hollywood DVDs.This witty and entertaining guide from celebrated author David Pogue not only details every step of iMovie HD video production—from choosing and using a digital camcorder to burning the finished work onto DVDs—but provides a firm grounding in basic film technique so that the quality of a video won't rely entirely on magic.iMovie HD & iDVD 5: The Missing Manual includes expert techniques and tricks for:

  • Capturing quality footage (including tips on composition, lighting, and even special-event filming)
  • Building your movie track, incorporating transitions and special effects, and adding narration, music, and sound
  • Working with picture files and QuickTime movies
  • Reaching your intended audience by exporting to tape, transferring iMovie to QuickTime, burning QuickTime-Movie CDs, and putting movies on the Web (and even on your cell phone!)
  • Using iDVD 5 to stylize and burn your DVD creation
iMovie HD & iDVD 5: The Missing Manual—it's your moviemaking-made-easy guide.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596100339
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 811,936
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 1.10 (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. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "For Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music). 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

Pt. 1 Capturing DV footage
Ch. 1 The DV Camcorder 13
Ch. 2 Turning home video into pro video 33
Ch. 3 Special event filming 67
Pt. 2 Editing in iMovie
Ch. 4 Camcorder meets Mac 85
Ch. 5 Building the movie 119
Ch. 6 Transitions and effects 145
Ch. 7 Titles, captions, and credits 179
Ch. 8 Narration, music, and sound 215
Ch. 9 Still pictures and QuickTime movies 243
Ch. 10 Professional editing techniques 263
Pt. 3 Finding your audience
Ch. 11 Back to the Camcorder 275
Ch. 12 From iMovie to QuickTime 285
Ch. 13 Movies on the Web - and on the phone 315
Ch. 14 QuickTime player 335
Pt. 4 iDVD 5
Ch. 15 From iMovie to iDVD 351
Ch. 16 iDVD projects by hand 385
Ch. 17 Designing iDVD themes 409
Ch. 19 iDVD secrets 433
Pt. 5 Appendixes
App Master keyboard shortcut list 495
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2005

    very refined product

    The prolific David Pogue has come out with another book. This one explaining iMovie HD and iDVD, while supposedly bemoaning the lack of an official Apple printed manual. He goes into how Apple offers a very affordable digital movie editor to the general public. Not as intricate as Avid and its ilk, but far less expensive. En passant, iMovie (and this book) is another testament to the continued efficacy of Moore's Law, as massive functionalities become available at ever lower prices. iMovie is rather refined. Even in little things like how it periodically touches base with Apple's website, looking for a newer version of itself. If it finds such, then it offers you the choice of letting it download and install that version. For those of you who have struggled with finding out about, getting and installing other software updates, then you can appreciate this feature of iMovie. Sometimes though, Pogue lets slip a remark that may totally bemuse a non-American reader. As when he describes that iSight as being the size of a Hostess Ho-Ho. Come again? Someone reading this book in Chennai or Wuhan will be befuddled by this piquant Americanism. iMovie is shown in the text to be easy to use. At least after you have read the book. But there is one trait that Pogue accurately calls a blessing and a curse. Emptying the trash might not free up any space?! If it has portions of clips, but not the entire clips. This is one of those features that can cause much gnashing of teeth.

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