Sams Teach Yourself iMovie and iDVD in 24 Hours

Overview

People are starting to make their own digital movies like never before, and what better way to deliver them than on DVD. The sales of digital camcorders have been explosive, and DVD is established firmly as a consumer medium, with some retailers no longer carrying VHS tapes. But typical video editing or DVD authoring can involve some complex and intimidating topics, such as MPEG-2 encoding, frame rates, and file size considerations.

Enter Apple, with the powerful yet friendly ...

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Overview

People are starting to make their own digital movies like never before, and what better way to deliver them than on DVD. The sales of digital camcorders have been explosive, and DVD is established firmly as a consumer medium, with some retailers no longer carrying VHS tapes. But typical video editing or DVD authoring can involve some complex and intimidating topics, such as MPEG-2 encoding, frame rates, and file size considerations.

Enter Apple, with the powerful yet friendly iMovie program, which ships with every Mac. Apple makes the process of making movies fun, and after establishing a reputation with iMovie, Apple has raised the bar with iDVD, bringing the power of DVD to the home.

Sams Teach Yourself iMovie and iDVD in 24 Hours teaches readers new to digital movies and DVD everything they need to know to begin making their own digital productions. It provides them a solid foundation in the concepts of digital video and DVD, giving them a sense of satisfaction to understand the process. And it equips them with the skills they need, without confusing them or hitting them over the head with complexity.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
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: 9780672324840
  • Publisher: Macmillan Computer Pub
  • Publication date: 2/27/2002
  • Series: Sams Teach Yourself Series
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 8.14 (w) x 7.56 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Digital Video Basics 5
1 Understanding Digital Video 7
2 Getting to Know How iMovie Works 23
3 The iMovie Workspace 37
Pt. II Learning iMovie 51
4 The Clip Viewer 53
5 Capturing Video with iMovie 67
6 Basic Video Editing with iMovie 81
7 Exporting iMovies 99
8 Intermediate Video Editing - Transitions 119
9 Advanced Video Editing - Effects 135
10 Titles 153
11 Adding Photos to iMovies 169
12 Adding Sound to iMovies 181
Pt. III DVD Basics 195
13 Understanding DVD Video 197
14 DVD Features 207
15 DVD Discs 221
Pt. IV Learning iDVD 235
16 Introducing iDVD 237
17 Making a Sample DVD 251
18 DVD Menus in iDVD 271
19 Customizing DVD Menus 287
20 DVD Slideshows 305
21 Example Project - Multiple Screens 321
22 Example Project - Event DVD 337
23 Example Project - Short Movie 349
24 Going Beyond iMovie and iDVD 363
Appendixes 381
App. A Getting Good Digital Video 383
App. B Getting a DVD Manufactured 387
App. C Links and Resources 393
Glossary 397
Index 403
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