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iMovie® '09 & iDVD® '09® For Dummies® by Michael Cohen, Dennis Cohen

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Chapter 1. Making and Sharing Movies

iMovie and iDVD, parts of the iLife '09 suite (which includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, GarageBand, and iWeb), form the digital video spoke of Apple's so-called "Digital Hub." iLife is bundled with new Macintosh computers and available separately for a $79 list price. iDVD is unchanged from the very mature version shipped in iLife '08 (other than a couple of minor updates). iMovie, on the other hand, has dozens of new features, a few of which are the new Precision Editor; chapter, comment, and beat markers; and themes.

This chapter details the steps along the way that brought iMovie and iDVD to their current incarnations. You also get a brief tour of the iMovie and iDVD Workspaces. Additionally, we cover topics you should keep in mind when planning and creating your movies so that you can achieve the best end result.

In This Chapter

Getting to iLife '09

In 1999, Apple introduced the iMac DV (Digital Video), the first consumer computer to come with a FireWire port as standard equipment. To demonstrate FireWire's speed and capability, the iMac DV included a new application named iMovie. iMovie was a groundbreaking introduction of home video editing to the masses (or, as Apple prefers to say, "the rest of us"), geared ...

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