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Using iMovie '11 [NOOK Book]


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The Using series is not just a book; it is highly integrated with online video, audio, and additional bonus content that enables our authors to provide modern, best of class instruction to the beginning audience. Using books are designed to offer a solid and accessible introduction–both tutorial and reference-to a topic. The Using series is written in a succinct yet friendly manner and offers real-world advice and step by step tasks. Using iMovie ‘11 teaches you how to create Hollywood-level movies with ease. Beginning with tips on shooting your footage, to importing and organizing it, the authors then take the readers through all the steps of creating a finished movie, including editing, adding transitions, titles and special effects, making color corrections and video touchups, and adding and editing audio and sound effects. Then, after you have a completed movie, you'll learn how to share your movies with the world using iMovie's built in sharing features.

In addition to the book's text, readers of Using iMovie '11 have unlimited access to exclusive media content including myriad videos and audio podcasts that show readers how to perform a task they just read about. These videos show readers an iMovie process (that is, trimming audio from a clip, adjusting your video's colors, and so on), so readers can see for themselves the process right on their screens–great if you're a visual learner. The podcasts also delve into additional subjects for the aspiring filmmaker, including tips on pre-production and how best to get your movie in front of your intended audience.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132965538
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 3/8/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 257
  • File size: 19 MB
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Meet the Author

Michael Grothaus is an American novelist and journalist living in London. He was introduced to Apple computers in film school and went on to use them for years to create award-winning films. However, after discovering many of Hollywood’s little secrets while working for 20th Century Fox, he left and spent five years with Apple as a consultant. He’s since moved to London and earned his MA in creative writing. His first novel, Epiphany Jones, is a story about trafficking and America’s addiction to celebrity. Currently, Michael is a staff writer at AOL’s popular tech news site The Unofficial Apple Weblog (, where he writes about all things Mac. Using iMovie ’11 is Michael’s ninth Mac-related book. His previous ones deal with the iPhone, iPad, iPod, OS X, and iPhoto.

Dave Caolo is an author and the managing editor at The Unofficial Apple Weblog, Previous to his career as a writer, Dave spent eight years as the IT director at a Mac-friendly residential school in Massachusetts. Today, Dave can be found geeking out with his Macs and spending time with his kids, wife, and Boston terrier, Batgirl.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Becoming Familiar with iMovie ’11 6

Buying and Installing iMovie ’11 7

iMovie ’11 System Requirements 9

Recommended Mac Enhancements 9

Let’s Talk Storage 10

Recommended Extras 12

The Skills You’ll Need 12

Launching iMovie ’11 13

iMovie’s User Interface 14

The Event Library 16

The Event Browser 16

The Toolbar 16

The Viewer 17

The Project Library/Project Browser 17

Rearranging iMovie’s Interface and Look 18

Swapping the Project and Event Libraries and Browsers 18

Viewing Projects in Traditional Timeline Layout 19

Resizing Filmstrip Thumbnail Images 20

Expanding or Contracting Filmstrips 21

Resizing the Viewer 22

Hiding the Event Library 23

View iMovie and Edit in Full Screen 23

Saving Your Work 25

Where iMovie’s Saved Files Are Located 25

Backing Up Your Files 27

iMovie’s Preferences 28

Keeping iMovie Up to Date 28

Chapter 2 Movie-Making Basics 30

Types of Video Cameras 30

MiniDV Camcorders 31

Hard Disk Drive—Based (HDD) Camcorders 32

Solid State Storage (SSD) Camcorders 33

Mini DVD Camcorders 34

iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch 35

Types of Video Resolutions 36

HD Video 36

SD Video 38

Camcorder Connection Interfaces 38

USB 39

FireWire 40

Thunderbolt 41

RCA (Analog) 41

iMovie ‘11’s Supported Cameras 43

Types of Supported Video Formats 44


AVCHD Lite 44


MOV 45

AVI 45

Photo JPEG 46

H.264 46

DV 46

iFrame 46

AIC 46

Notes on NTSC and PAL 47

Filmmaking and Editing Terminology 47

What Are Movies? 48

Types of Shots 48

Variations of the Basic Shots 51

Storyboarding with iMovie’s Animatics 52

What Are Animatics? 53

Comment Markers 55

Printing Your Storyboards 56

Additional Uses for Animatics 57

Movie-Making Tips for Home Videos 58

Chapter 3 Importing and Managing Your Video 60

Importing Video from a Video Camera 60

Importing from a Digital Video Camera 60

The Camera Import Window 61

Execute the Import 64

Other Import Options 66

Import from iPhoto 66

Import from the Finder 69

Working with Events and the Events Library 69

The Event Library 70

Special Functions in the Event Library 71

Working with Filmstrips 72

Chapter 4 Editing and Assembling a Video 77

The Project Library 77

Create a New Project 78

Add Video to a Project 80

Define a Range of Video 81

Add a Clip to a Project 82

Basic Video Editing 85

Ordering Your Clips 85

Adding Transitions Between Clips 85

Editing with the Precision Editor Tool 88

Create a Storyboard 91

Organizing Your Projects into Folders 93

Additional Tips and Tricks for Working with Folders 94

Chapter 5 Video Touch-Ups 98

The Fine Art of Touching-Up Video 98

Where You Apply Touch-Ups Matters 99

Red Dot Skimming 100

Cropping Video 101

Adding Artificial Panning Using the Ken Burns Effect 104

Rotating Video 106

Stabilizing Shaky Video 109

Identify Shaky Video Through Analysis 109

Fixing Shaky Video 111

Stabilization Badges 111

Adjusting Stabilization with Maximum Zoom 113

Turn Off Video Stabilization 113

Hiding Shaky Footage 114

Correcting Wobbly Footage 114

The Video Adjustments Panel 116

Using the Histogram 117

Adjusting White and Black Levels 118

Adjusting Exposure, Brightness, and Contrast 120

Adjusting a Video Clip’s Colors 121

Automatically Correct Your Video’s Faults 127

Reverting to Your Video’s Original Colors 128

Copy and Paste Video Adjustments from One Clip to Another 128

Chapter 6 Video Effects 130

Inspector Video Effects 130

Choosing an Effect 131

One-Step Effects 132

Jump Cuts 133

Fading Options 135

Special Effects 136

Picture-in-Picture 137

Defining the Two Videos 138

Editing the Secondary Video 139

Green Screen 140

What You Need 140

Assemble Your Green Screen Shot in iMovie 141

Chapter 7 Adding to Your Movie: Titles, Maps, and Photos 144

Map, Background, and Animatic Browser 144

Globetrotting with Maps 145

Choosing a Map 145

Editing Maps 147

All About the Ken Burns Tool 149

Adding Titles, Backgrounds, and Credits 151

Working with Titles 151

Adding a Background from the Map, Background, and Animatic Browser 155

Creating Scrolling Credits 157

Add Still Photos from the Photo Browser 160

The Photo Browser 161

Editing Photos 164

Chapter 8 Adding and Editing Audio and Sound Effects 166

The Music and Sound Effects Browser 166

Opening the Music and Sound Effects Browser 166

Customize the Music and Sound Effects Browser Layout 169

Adding Audio to Your Project 172

Find the Track You Want 172

Using the Search Tool 172

Previewing a Track 175

Moving a Track into Your Project 175

Editing Your Audio Files 178

The Clip Trimmer 179

The Audio Inspector 180

Working with Voiceover Tracks 184

Choosing a Mic 184

Beginning a Recording Session 185

Chapter 9 Creating Movie Themes and Trailers 189

What Are Themes? 189

Types of Themes 190

Creating a Movie with a Theme 190

Assembling Themed Movies 192

Theme-Based Transitions and Titles 193

Changing Still Frames in Theme Transitions 195

Changing a Theme 197

Advanced Theming for Sports 199

Using Movie Trailers to Show Off Your Video 202

Types of Movie Trailers 203

Creating a Movie Trailer Project 203

Customizing Your Trailer 204

Using the Trailer Tabs to Create a Movie Trailer 205

Customization Options 212

Converting a Trailer to a Full iMovie Project 214

Chapter 10 Sharing Your Movies 215

Ways to Share 215

Sharing via the Web 216

YouTube 216

Facebook 220

Vimeo 223

CNN iReport 226

Sending Movies to Your Other Apple Devices 229

Sharing Movies with Other Mac Apps 231

Managing Your Published Movies 234

Removing Your Movies from Websites 237

Advanced Sharing Options 238

Export Using QuickTime 239

Publish a Movie to the Podcast Producer 242

Exporting Projects to Final Cut Pro 242

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