Sams Teach Yourself iMovie and iDVD in 24 Hours

Sams Teach Yourself iMovie and iDVD in 24 Hours

by Todd Kelsey
     
 

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

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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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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:
02/27/2002
Series:
Sams Teach Yourself Series
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
8.14(w) x 7.56(h) x 0.56(d)

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