Sams Teach Yourself iLife '04 in a Snap


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These days, nobody really wants to learn everything there is to know about working with digital video, images, music, and DVDs. And even if you did, who has the time to endlessly tinker and play with it until you figure everything out?

You just want a book that will quickly show you how to get things done ¿ things that aren¿t already covered in the docs, and things you can¿t just figure out on your own.

iLife in a Snap is designed specifically for today¿s computer user:

  • Somebody who is new to managing digital media with iLife, but not new to Macs.
  • Somebody who doesn¿t have time for long-winded, mind-numbing explanations ¿ and certainly no time or patience for bad jokes.

Organized into a series of well-organized, bite-sized, quickly accomplished tasks, this book lets the reader zero right in on the one particular task he or she wants to accomplish, quickly figure out what to do, do it, and then get back to work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672325779
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 8/15/2003
  • Series: Sams Teach Yourself Series
  • Pages: 541
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Jinjer Simon has been actively involved in the computer industry for nearly 20 years. Her involvement in the industry has included programming, providing software technical support, end-user training, developing written and online user documentation, creating software tutorials, developing Internet Web sites, creating digital video productions, and writing technical books.

She has written several computer-related books for the retail market, covering topics related to programming, Web development, Microsoft Office, and digital video. Her most recent books include Teach Yourself Visually Digital Video, Word 2003: Top 100 Simplified Tips and Tricks, and Excel Programming: Your Visual Blueprint for Creating Interactive Spreadsheets.

Jinjer is also a contributing author on various computer books, including Microsoft FrontPage 2002 Unleashed and Sams Teach Yourself JavaScript in 21 Days.

Jinjer and her husband, Richard, live in Coppell, Texas, with their two children and two Jack Russell Terriers. Jinjer currently works as a consultant providing Web site development, writing online documentation, and creating video productions for distribution both over the Internet and on DVD.

Brian Tiemann is a freelance technology columnist and software engineer who has written extensively in online magazines about the Macintosh, Apple software, and the philosophy of user-friendly design that has always been synonymous with them. A creative professional in the graphic arts and Web design world as well as in networking and software quality, he uses Mac OS X because of its Unix-based stability underlying the powerful built-in creative tools that let him bring his graphics, music, movies, and photography to life.

Having been a Mac user for nearly twenty years, Brian has observed Apple's growth from a maker of simple personal computers to the powerhouse of film production, digital music, online lifestyle, and publishing that it is today. A graduate of Caltech, the coauthor of FreeBSD Unleashed, and the author of Mac OS X Panther In a Snap, Brian enjoys iLife, animation, motorcycles, technological gadgets, the outdoors, and writing about them all. He lives in Silicon Valley with Capri, the collie.

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Table of Contents

1. Start Here.


2. Loading and Organizing Photos.

Transfer Pictures from a Digital Camera. Import Digital Pictures from Other Sources. About Photo Libraries and Albums. Create New Albums. Create a Smart Album. Organize Photos in an Album. Remove Photos from an Album or the Library.

3. Editing Photos.

About the Edit Pane. Set Photo Information. About Photo Resolution. Rotate Photos. Crop Photos. Change Brightness/ Contrast of Photos. Eliminate Red Eye. Enhance Colors in a Photo. Retouch a Photo. Convert a Color Photo to Black and White. Switch to Original Version of a Photo. Assign Keywords to Photos to Facilitate Searches. Search for Photos.

4. Creating Photo Books.

About Photo Books. Select a Book Theme. Design Book Pages. Reorder Pages in a Book. Add Comments to the Photo Book. Print a Photo Book. Save a Photo Book as a PDF. Order a Photo Book Online.

5. Creating a Slideshow in iPhoto.

Play a Slideshow. Adjust Slideshow Display Settings. Customize Music for a Slideshow. Export a Slideshow to QuickTime. Export a Slideshow to iDVD.

6. Sharing Photos.

Print Photos from iPhoto. Create a Greeting Card. Print a Contact Sheet. Order Prints from an Online Photo Printer. Email Photos. Publish Photos to View on the Internet. Share a Slideshow over the Internet. Set iDisk Slideshow as Screensaver. Create a Photo Screensaver. Add a Photo to the Desktop. Create a Photo CD. Export a Photo.


7. Loading Sound Files.

About Audio Formats. Capture Audio Files from CDs. Import Internet Music. Purchase Audio from the Music Store. Link to Audio Files in Other Locations. Get CD Information from the Internet. Change Song Information. Download Audio Book Files from the Internet. Set Import Format for Audio Files. Set Custom MP3 Quality Options. Set Music File Storage Location.

8. Organizing Sound Files.

About Playlists. Customize a Playlist. Create a Smart Playlist. Share Playlists with Other Users. Rate Music Tracks. Remove Audio from the Library. Search for Songs. Copy Audio Files to a Central Location. About iPod. Set iPod Preferences. Sync Playlists with iPod. Manually Update iPod. Customize View of Song List.

9. Listening to Sound Files.

About Internet Radio. Listen to Internet Radio. Load New Internet Streaming Audio Sites. Store Favorite Internet Radio Sites. Randomize Songs Being Played Back. Adjust Sound Level of Music Library. About Equalizers. Equalize the Sound. Save Equalizer Settings. Apply an Equalizer Preset to an Individual Song. Create Fades Between Audio Files. Use Visual Effects with Audio Files. Shuffle Songs by Album.

10. Creating Music CDs.

About CD Burners. Adjust CD Burning Speed. Set Pauses Between Audio Files on CD. Burn an Audio CD. Burn an MP3 CD. Burn a CD with Segmented Audio Files. Create a Backup of Your Music Library.


11. Importing Video Clips.

About Connecting a Digital Video Camera. Capture Digital Video. Import Video Files from Other Sources. About Importing Nondigital Video. Set Clip Breaks for Importing.

12. Working with Video Clips.

About the Monitor. Name a Clip. Split a Clip. Crop a Clip. Set the Direction of a Clip. Create a Freeze Frame Image.

13. Creating Movies.

About the Timeline Elements. About Rendering. Add Clips to the Timeline. Set the Speed of a Clip. Add Photos from iPhoto. Adjust Display Time of a Photo. Add Motion to a Photo. Add a Still Image from Another Application. Trim Clips in the Timeline. Add Bookmarks to Your Movie.

14. Adding Visual Effects to a Movie.

Insert a Transition Between Video Clips. Create a Movie Title. Add an Effect. Apply an Effect Over Time. Modify Applied Transitions. Add Movie Credits.

15. Adding Sound to a Movie.

About Audio Tracks and Audio Formats. Incorporate Sound Effects into a Movie. Add Music from iTunes. Add Music from a CD. Create Voiceover Effects. Extract Audio from Video. Split an Audio Clip. Adjust the Volume of a Clip. Mix Audio Track Levels. Fade Audio. Lock Audio Clip to Video Clip.

16. Sharing a Movie.

Preview the Completed Movie in iMovie. About Movie Export Formats. Store the Movie on DV Tape. Create a QuickTime Movie from iMovie. Add Chapter Markers. Create an iDVD File. Put a Movie on the Web.


17. Laying Out a DVD.

About DVDs. Select a DVD Theme. Add a Movie to the DVD Menu. Use Movie Folders. Create a Menu from a Movie with Chapter Markers. About Drop Zones. Add Images to Drop Zones.

18. Customizing the DVD.

Customize the Image or Movie in the Drop Zone. Remove Images from the Drop Zone. Create a Custom Background. Create a Custom Motion Menu. Change Menu Title. Change Text of Buttons/Titles. Set the Start Frame for a Motion Button. Change Image Displayed on the Button. Change Button Locations. Create a Custom Button. Move Buttons to Other Menus. Change the Audio that Plays for the DVD Menu. Save a Custom Theme. Remove the Apple Watermark.

19. Adding a Slideshow to a DVD.

Create a Slideshow Using an iPhoto Album. Manually Create a Slideshow Using the Media Pane. Create a Slideshow in iDVD with the Finder. Add Audio to a Slideshow in iDVD. Reorganize Images in a Slideshow. Control Slideshow Advancing.

20. Creating a DVD.

Add an Autoplay Movie to the DVD. Preview the DVD Content. Control the Playback Quality. Burn a Test Version on a DVD-RW. Burn a DVD.


21. Creating a New Song.

About Synthesized Music and Loops. Build a Song from Loops. Adjust the Repeat Length of a Loop. Add a New Music Track. Record a Track Using a MIDI/USB Keyboard. Record a Track Using the Virtual Keyboard. Record a Live Guitar or Voice Track. Play Using a Metronome. Repeat (Cycle) Part of the Song Forever.

22. Fine-Tuning Your Song.

Change the Song's Title, Time Signature Measurement, Tempo, and Key. Rename Your Loops and Tracks. Transpose a Track Up or Down in Pitch. Mix Your Song's Tracks. Add Audio Effects to a Track. Modify an Existing Loop's Notes. Fix the Timing on a Live Software Music Track. Add an External Audio Track. Copy a Track from One Song to Another.

23. Sharing Your Song.

Customize Your Export Information. Export the Song to iTunes. Convert the Song to MP3 or AAC Format. Locate the Audio File in the Finder.

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