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
  • Sales rank: 1,189,596
  • File size: 19 MB
  • Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.

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/HDV      44

AVCHD Lite      44

MPEG      45

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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