August 4, 2003
iMovie 3 & iDVD: The Missing Manual": Make Memorable Movies with iMovie 3
Sebastopol, CA--While a car is an essential component of a memorable
road trip, a map--though somewhat smaller in scale and price tag--can
steer you clear of dead ends, intractable terrain, and save hours of
driving in frustrating circles, not to mention your marriage. Likewise,
one handy, inexpensive guide can make the difference between soporific
home movies that take far too much of your life to produce and oeuvres
that your audience actually enjoys watching: David Pogue's iMovie 3 &
iDVD: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly/Pogue Press, US $24.95).
Apple's free iMovie software made history by tearing down the barriers
to pro-quality filmmaking. Version 3 of this powerful and popular
software offers audio enhancements, slick new photo effects, and
integration with iTunes and iPhoto. But, notes David Pogue, the
personal-technology columnist for the "New York Times" and one of the
world's bestselling how-to authors, "iMovie may be simple, but it isn't
simplistic. Unfortunately, many of the best techniques aren't covered
in the only 'manual' you get with iMovie--its sparse electronic help
Punctuated with Pogue's trademark humor and strewn with bibelots of
information found nowhere else, "iMovie 3 & iDVD: The Missing Manual"
puts you on the fast track to quality filmmaking. The book covers every
step of iMovie video production, from choosing and using a digital
camcorder to burning the finished work onto DVDs. Videographers of all
levels also gain a firm grounding in basic film technique. This new
edition shows you how to bring in and send out movies, pictures, and
sound; for example, you can import audio from iTunes and images from
iPhoto, and create chapter markers in movies that automatically turn
into scene selection menus in iDVD. In addition, the book examines and
explains all the new visual effects, audio controls, and sound effects.
It's an all-in-one crash course that will help you maximize your
enjoyment with iMovie 3.
This authoritative and up-to-date guide provides:
Essentials of film technique. While the camcorder and iMovie give you
the technical tools, this book offers a friendly guide to the artistic
side of professional-looking home movies.
Editing basics. Part 2 of this book bursts with clever workarounds,
hidden features, and editing tricks from the Hollywood film world.
Finding an audience. You can export your finished masterpiece back to
the tape for high-quality TV playback--or save it as a QuickTime movie
that you can post on a web page, email to friends, or burn as a Video
Mastering DVDs. If your Mac has a SuperDrive, you can distribute your
movies at much higher quality than VHS tapes or QuickTime movies--by
creating your own Hollywood-style DVDs. Four all-new chapters cover
iDVD 3 in detail, including dozens of undocumented secrets for
extending the program's design tools.
Whether you plan to make the next "Blair Witch Project" or just better
home movies, "iMovie 3 & iDVD: The Missing Manual" lets you marry the
stunning quality of digital video with the power of your imagination.
What the critics have said:
"Everything you need to know about iMovie 3 and more. Essential
reading--and a Manual that Apple would no doubt be very proud
--"MacFormat," June 2003
"I would rather go without food for three days than miss any of the
Missing Manual books."
--Al Fasodt of "The Post-Standard," June 2003
Praise for previous editions:
"If you use iMovie, you need this book. Those who read it will save
huge amounts of trial-and-error learning. The book offers instant
access to tricks like continuing the sound track from one clip as
voiceover to a second one as it fades in, a favorite of the pros but
nearly impossible to accomplish without Pogue's handholding."
--James Coates, "The Chicago Tribune"
"If you're an iMovie novice, you need this book. If you're an iMovie
intermediate, you'll want this book. If you're an iMovie expert--hey,
you already have this book, and that's one of the reasons you're an
--Jaime McCornack, About This Particular Macintosh
iMovie 3 & iDVD: The Missing Manual
By David Pogue
ISBN: 0-596-00507-5, 456 pages, $24.95 US, $38.95 CA, 17.50 UK
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