iMovie 4 and iDVD: The Missing Manual

iMovie 4 and iDVD: The Missing Manual

by David Pogue

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At first glance, iMovie 4 looks identical to iMovie3. But under the hood, dozens of annoyances have been eliminated and dozens of polished touches have been added. The program tweaks include: editing enhancements, better navigation, and audio improvements. iDVD 4 has undergone a more thorough overhall that makes DVDs look even more like a commercial Hollywood DVD. iDVD removes many of the limits in the previous versions. Improvements here include: increasing the number of buttons on a menu page from 6 to 12, extending the background music on the menu screen to 15 minutes, allowing up to 99 chapter markers, and extending the amount of burnable video to two hours.iMovie 4 & iDVD: The Missing Manual has been updated to reflect all of these changes in detail and with scrupulous objectivity. This witty and entertaining guide from celebrated author David Pogue covers every step of iMovie video production, from choosing and using a digital camcorder to burning the finished work onto DVDs. The book also provides a firm grounding in basic film technique.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780596006938
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/22/2004
Series: Missing Manual Series
Edition description: Fourth Edition
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 7.02(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.17(d)

About the Author

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.

Table of Contents

Meet iMovie 42
What's New in iMovie 42
About This Book6
The Very Basics10
Part 1Capturing DV Footage
Chapter 1The DV Camcorder15
Meet Digital Video15
Buying a DV Camcorder22
Chapter 2Turning Home Video into Pro Video35
Film vs. Videotape36
Film-Technique Crash Course37
Get the Shot39
Replace the Microphone42
Limit Zooming and Panning45
Keep the Camera Steady49
Video Lighting: A Crash Course51
Keep It in Focus56
Video Composition: A Crash Course59
Chapter 3Special Event Filming69
Music Videos73
Live Stage Performances74
Photos and Old Movies78
Actual Scripted Films82
Part 2Editing in iMovie
Chapter 4Camcorder Meets Mac87
iMovie 4: The Application87
Connecting to FireWire89
Getting into iMovie90
Importing Camcorder Footage96
How iMovie Organizes Its Files102
Importing Footage from Non-DV Tapes107
Chapter 5Building the Movie111
Navigating Your Clips111
Shortening Clips by Dragging118
Three Ways to Trim a Clip120
Splitting a Clip123
The Movie Track: Your Storyboard124
Tricks of the Timeline Viewer129
Playing the Movie Track132
Full-Screen Playback Mode135
Chapter 6Transitions and Effects137
About Transitions137
When to Use Transitions138
Creating a Transition139
Transitions: The iMovie Catalog145
Downloading More Transition Choices151
The Effects Pane152
Effects: The iMovie Catalog156
Installing More Effects164
Chapter 7Titles, Captions, and Credits167
Setting Up a Title168
Inserting and Rendering a Title177
The iMovie Titles Catalog184
Chapter 8Narration, Music, and Sound201
The Two iMovie Soundtracks201
Audio Clips203
Recording Narration204
Importing iTunes Music206
CD Music210
Sound Effects212
Editing Audio Clips214
Overlaying Video over Sound223
Extracting Audio from Video226
Chapter 9Still Pictures and QuickTime Movies229
Importing Still Images229
The Dimensions of an iMovie Graphic235
The Ken Burns Effect237
Still Images as Titles240
Creating Still Images from Footage242
Importing QuickTime Movies245
Grabbing Clips from Other Projects246
Chapter 10Professional Editing Techniques249
The Power of Editing249
Popular Editing Techniques254
Part 3Finding Your Audience
Chapter 11Back to the Camcorder261
Why Export to Tape261
Transferring Footage to the Camcorder or VCR264
Notes on DV Tapes268
Chapter 12From iMovie to QuickTime271
Saving a QuickTime Movie271
Understanding QuickTime273
The Share Presets: What They Mean278
The Expert Settings281
The Video Codecs: A Catalog291
Burning QuickTime Movie CDs295
Chapter 13Movies on the Web-and On the Phone301
Make the Big Screen Tiny301
Posting to Your .Mac Account302
Posting a Movie on Your Own Web Site307
Optimizing Online Movies315
Movies on Your Phone316
Chapter 14QuickTime Player319
QuickTime Player (Free Version)319
QuickTime Player Pro324
Advanced QuickTime Pro: Track Tricks328
Part 4iDVD 4: The Missing Manual
Chapter 15From iMovie to iDVD335
Why iDVD?336
What You're in For337
Phase 1Prepare Your Video338
Phase 2Insert Chapter Markers341
Phase 3Hand Off to iDVD345
Phase 4Design the Menu Screen346
Phase 5Burning Your DVD357
Chapter 16iDVD Projects by Hand363
Building iDVDs363
Creating a New Project364
Adding Movies365
Submenus ("Folders")371
The DVD Map and AutoPlay372
DVD Slideshows375
Chapter 17Designing iDVD Themes385
iDVD's Built-in Themes385
Button Styles391
Editing and Positioning Text391
Changing Backgrounds394
Choosing Menu Audio398
Saving Favorites400
Buying Sound and Vision401
Chapter 18iDVD Secrets405
iDVD-The DVD-ROM Maker405
Uncover Your DVD Project File407
AppleScripting iDVD409
Modifying iDVD Itself412
Archiving Your Project417
Duplicating a DVD421
Professional Duplicating423
Part 5Appendixes
Appendix AiMovie 4, Menu by Menu429
iMovie Menu429
File Menu434
Edit Menu437
View Menu439
Bookmarks Menu440
Advanced Menu440
Window Menu440
Help Menu441
Appendix BTroubleshooting443
Three Golden Rules443
General iMovie Troubleshooting444
Starting Up and Importing445
Title Trouble448
Photo Problems451
Exporting Troubles454
Project Corruption455
Problems with Sound460
The Secret Preferences Document462
Where to Get Help Online466

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