September 15, 2004
"iMovie 4 & iDVD: The Missing Manual": Step-By-Step Video Editing for Thumbs-Up Moviemaking
Sebastopol, CA--"You know what it's like watching other people's camcorder
footage," says author David Pogue. "You're held prisoner on some
neighbor's couch after dessert to witness 60 excruciating, unedited
minutes of their trip to Mexico, or maybe 25 too many minutes of the baby
wearing the overturned spaghetti bowl." Let's face it: even our own videos
can be a snore as we await "the good parts" . . . unless, that is, we put
iMovie to work. This popular video-editing software lets anyone create
pro-quality, thumbs-up-all-around movies with ease.
But first, people have to know how to use iMovie (and iDVD, if they want
to distribute their masterpieces on DVD), and they can't count on the
printed manual that comes with the software because, well, there isn't
one. The new iMovie 4 & iDVD: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly/Pogue Press,
US $24.95) delivers a complete course in Macintosh filmmaking and DVD
iLife '04 comes with deliciously polished editions of both iMovie and
iDVD--complete with new tools, new techniques, and even new menus--and
this witty, authoritative, updated guide to the software is really three
books in one: it's the artistic filmmaking background people wish they had
(including advice on lighting, sound, and composition as well as how to
actually put all those buttons on the modern camcorder to use); it's the
technical grounding and the tools and tricks people need to take advantage
of each and every feature of iMovie; and it's the thorough iDVD guide to
making Hollywood-style (and maybe even Hollywood-worthy) DVDs.
This all-inclusive, step-by-step book covers:
Essentials of film technique: Pogue provides readers with the know-how
they need to give home movies professional polish.
Editing basics: These pages burst with clever workarounds, hidden
features, and editing tricks from the Hollywood film world.
Finding an audience: With this guide, readers can export their finished
masterpieces back to tape for high-quality TV playback--or save them as a
QuickTime movies for posting on a web page, emailing to friends, burning
as a video CD, or even uploading to a Bluetooth cell phone.
Mastering DVDs: With a Mac equipped with SuperDrive, people can
distribute their movies at much higher quality than VHS tapes or QuickTime
movies by creating Hollywood-style DVDs. The book-within-a-book on iDVD
includes dozens of undocumented secrets for extending the program's design
Whether they plan to make the next "Blair Witch Project" or just improve
their home movies, videographers will find everything they need in iMovie
4 & iDVD: the Missing Manual to marry the stunning quality of digital
video with the power of their imaginations.
iMovie 4 & iDVD: The Missing Manual
ISBN: 0596-00693-4, 504 pages, $24.95 US, $36.95 CA
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