iMovie '11 & iDVD: The Missing Manual

Errata for iMovie '11 & iDVD: The Missing Manual

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Version Location Description Submitted By Date Submitted Date Corrected
Page 17
2nd paragraph

There is an extra occurrence of the word "more" in the following sentence: "No matter which kind of camcorder you choose, you have more to think about more than just features and price; you have the future to consider." In my opinion, it reads better with one of the "more"s removed.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Please remove the second "more" in this sentence.

Paul Schmidt  Dec 28, 2011  May 11, 2012
Page 44
1st paragraph

This is not reporting an error but addressing an omission. At the top of page 44. In large funt it reads "Importing from an IPhonr or IPod Touch". Why isn't the IPad1, IPad 2 nor IPad 3 addressed?

Note from the Author or Editor:
I do see people shooting with their iPads these days. Luckily the process for importing is all the same. Change the title on Page 44 to "Importing from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch." Change the first paragraph under that heading from "iPhone (iPhone 4 or later) or camera-equipped iPod Touch" to "iPhone (iPhone 4 or later), iPad, or camera-equipped iPod Touch" Also change the iPhone and iPod Touch references in the next two paragraphs to "iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch."

Gerald LaPlant  Aug 01, 2012  Aug 02, 2013
Page 61
Figure 2-6

Copy the clips has more MBs than Copy the events. And then in the paragraph below the Figure it suggests in parentheses "(Clearly, this option requires a lot less hard drive space than 'Copy the events')"

Note from the Author or Editor:
This feedback is correct, but I don't have a way to test it right now or to provide an alternative screenshot. (I'm in Michigan away from my home computer.) I have no idea why the "Copy the Clips" option in the image is requiring more space. I'll need to look into this, but it's not a critical error, so it could survive another reprint.

Hank  Mar 23, 2013 
Page 85
bottom, "Gem in the Rough" section

"The Arrow-Key Trick" states that "If you add the Shift key . . . you make the nearest yellow border snap to your playhead position" and that you "can slap the yellow border around a certain clip, walk through it with the arrow keys..." But the arrow keys do not behave that way when a yellow selection border is present. Pressing an arrow key will snap the playhead to the border (not the other way around, as described) and will shift the entire border in the direction of the arrow. You can only "walk through" the yellow border with the cursor. [I would love to be wrong about this, but I have not been able to make the Arrow or Shift-Arrow behave the way you describe when a selection border is present.]

Note from the Author or Editor:
This is correct. We need to rewrite the first paragraph of the second column in this Sidebar to be: "Next, when you slap the yellow border around a certain clip, you can move that whole border left or right, frame-by-frame, with the arrow keys to tune it to a better selection of your clip. If you want to move just the end of the selection (or just the beginning), point your mouse to the right frame and press Shift-arrow. The closest vertical end of the yellow border snaps to the current frame."

Peter  Apr 10, 2011  May 27, 2011
Page 85
"The Arrow-Key Trick" sidebar

I read the errata for this sidebar and it still doesn't seem quite right. The arrow-key trick only seems to work for the end of the clip. If the playhead is placed just after the beginning of the clip and you press shift-arrow, the end of the clip snaps to the playhead position, not the beginning. The text seems to imply that "The closest vertical end of the yellow border snaps to the current frame." If the playhead is placed just before the clip and shift-arrow is pressed, the nearest vertical end (the beginning) does snap to the playhead position, but the end position is also modified in strange and unpredictable ways. The arrow-key trick only seems useful to adjust the end of the clip. By contrast, shift-mouse clicking seems to work as expected at both ends of a clip.

Note from the Author or Editor:
I think this must have changed with an update, but it now works as described in the errata feedback. In the sidebar on this page, please change the entire sidebar to read as follows: By tapping the right or left arrow keys, you can “walk” through a clip frame by frame, as though you’re watching the world’s least interesting slideshow. You’ll even hear “one frame” of the audio, if you’ve got the audio turned on. Hold down these arrow keys steadily to make the frame-by- frame parade go by faster—on a fast Mac, in fact, you get real-time playback when you hold down the arrow keys. If you add the Shift key when you press the arrow, one of two things will happen. If the mouse cursor or playhead is behind the beginning of your selection, then then end of the yellow selection border will jump to the playhead. If the mouse cursor or playhead is before the selection border, then your selection will start at the playhead and end at the spot where the selection used to begin. (It looks almost like the selection border flips to end where it once started.) If nothing was selected, then the Shift-arrow trick will start a new selection border. (That's a third thing that can happen!) Whichever occurs, this is all quite handy when you want to fine-tune a selection. You can slap the yellow border around a certain clip, walk through it with the arrow keys to see if there might be a better ending point, and—when you’re about to land on just the right frame—press Shift-arrow. The yellow border readjusts accordingly. In time, you can get extremely good at finding or selecting exact frames in a particular piece of footage by just mastering the arrow-key shortcuts. (These shortcuts work only when a clip isn’t playing.)

Gerald Tachiki  Dec 27, 2011  May 11, 2012
Page 215
Drop Shadow Section

I've managed to loose areas of drop shadow in several of my text boxes throughout my movie. I went to page 215 for help, only to realize I don't have all the features in figure 8-12, I remember having the top options at one point. I have the most current version of iMovie. Do these options no longer exist? Maybe I changed a feature without knowing it and removed them? Is there a way I can get those options back so I can keep my movie consistent? Thank you for your help.

Note from the Author or Editor:
The font window hides the missing controls if it's too small horizontally. At the end of the description in Figure 8-11, add "Also, if your computer doesn't offer the same toolbar controls in this image, make the font panel wider by dragging out the bottom right corner."

Sara  Jun 24, 2011  Aug 02, 2013
Page 329
2. Choose the size(s) you want for the movie on your web page.

iMovie09 offers "tiny", but iMovie11 does not. You can see what the iMovie11 version looks like on page 328, Figure 14-10. You can see that "tiny" is not on the list, but HD 1080p is. That same box in iMovie09 does have "tiny", but does not have HD 1080p. I have checked my Movie Projects made in iMovie09 and how they look in iMovie11, and "tiny" is NOT shown even IF I made a "tiny" version when I was using iMovie09. What then happens to the "tiny" versions made in iMovie09 when you upgrade to iMovie11?

Note from the Author or Editor:
This is correct feedback. Change the item #2 ("Choose the size(s) you want for the movie on your web page.") so the following paragraph reads: "You can choose multiple sizes to send to the Media Browser, if you like, although the more sizes you choose, the more hard drive space you use. (Word to the wise: In general, choose Mobile or Medium. Use Large or higher only if all of your fans use high-speed Internet connections.)"

Keith Davis  Apr 30, 2011  May 27, 2011
Page 363
tip about Quicktime Pro, just under "Presenting Your Movies"

Tip says .. "Don't buy Quicktime Pro just for this feature, It comes free with the also free Quicktime Player X ( page 354 ). Sorry, but NO. Quicktime Player X does not have this feature. That is to say, as listed in the book, no such option for "Present Movie" appears anywhere in that version of Quicktime, as it does in Quicktime 7 Pro. Checked 3 times before I submitted this, testing both on the same video files.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Quicktime X *does* have full-screen viewing, but you get to it by clicking the Toggle Full Screen button in the Quicktime controller. It's pointed out in figure 16-1. The tip doesn't clarify this, though, so please add to the end of that tip: "Just click the Toggle full screen button in the Quicktime X controller."

Keith Davis  Apr 29, 2011  May 27, 2011
Page 460
Before "Move to Trash"

Two items in the Files menu are missing from the manual: Convert to Project, Finalize Project. After importing 55 minutes of video and adding chapter markers and titles, I didn't see any File / Save, so I pressed Finalize Project. It said the time remaining was 25 hours. After about 30 minutes, my iMac froze. Rebooted and tried several times. Finally called Apple support who said don't use Finalize Project since it is buggy; iMovie saves changes automatically. Just do Share / iDVD to get to that step. Incidentally, iMovie has a time lag and doesn't immediately save changes. After my iMac froze, i went back into my project and found that the last few edits (changes to text in titles) hadn't been saved and had to be redone.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Before "Move to Trash" on this page, add the following: Convert to Project If the constraints of the trailer builder are holding you back, this options turns a trailer into a normal iMovie project. This option is a one-way street. Just know that you can't later change it back to a trailer. Finalize Project Once your project is done, and you don't need to do anything else in iMovie for a while, this option will create every export version from Mobile up to HD 1080p (depending on the quality of your footage). Now in the future, every time you want to share the movie, you have the options already created. Two caveats: 1. It will take a long time to process all of these versions. 2. If you later make changes to your movie, you'll have to finalize all over again.

Kenneth Winiecki  Nov 29, 2011  May 11, 2012
Page 3007
3rd full paragraph

In the following sentence, the 2nd word after the comma should be "the" instead of "then": "If the mouse cursor or playhead is behind the beginning of your selection, then then end of the yellow selection border will jump to the playhead." I'm using: Pogue, David; Aaron Miller (2011-03-18). iMovie '11 & iDVD: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals) (Kindle Locations 3007-3008). OReilly Media - A. Kindle Edition.

Note from the Author or Editor:
this occurs on page 85 in print

Dan~  Nov 24, 2012  Aug 02, 2013