Apple's video-editing program is better than ever, but it still doesn’t have a printed guide to help you get started. That's where this gorgeous, full-color book comes in. You get clear explanations of iMovie's impressive new features, like instant rendering, storyboarding, and one-step special effects. Experts David Pogue and Aaron Miller also give you a complete course in film editing and DVD design.
Edit video like the pros. Import raw footage, add transitions, and use iMovie’s newly restored, intuitive timeline editor.
Create stunning trailers. Design Hollywood-style "Coming Attractions!" previews for your movies.
Share your film. Distribute your movie in a variety of places—on smartphones, Apple TV, your own site, and with one-click exports to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, CNN iReport, and MobileMe.
Make DVDs. Design the menus, titles, and layout for your DVDs, and burn them to disc.
Editing in iMovie
Chapter 1 Importing Video
iMovie: The Application
Getting into iMovie
Importing Footage from a Tape Camcorder
Importing from Tapeless Camcorders
Importing from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch
Importing from DVD Camcorders
Recording Live from a Camcorder or iSight Camera
Importing Old iMovie Projects
Dragging Video In from the Finder
Importing with iMovie’s Drop Box Folder
Importing Footage from Old Analog Tapes
Chapter 2 The Lay of the Land
The Concept of Movie Projects
The Project Library
Aspect Ratios: The Missing Manual
All About Events
Five Ways to Remodel Your Workspace
Chapter 3 Building the Movie
Phase 1: Review Your Clips (Skim + Play)
Phase 2: Select the Good Bits
Phase 3: Build the Storyboard
Phases 2 to 3 (Alternate): Paint-to-Insert
Phase 4: Fine-Tune the Edit
Copying and Pasting Video
Shortening or Lengthening Clips
Splitting a Clip
The Precision Editor
Chapter 4 Video Chunks: Keywords, People, Favorites, and Rejects
Marking Favorites and Rejects: The Two-Step Method
Marking Favorites and Rejects: The One-Step Method
Selecting Marked Footage
Hiding and Showing Favorites and Rejects
The Keyword/People Filter
Deleting Footage for Good
Chapter 5 Transitions, Themes, Travel Maps, and Animatics
When Not to Use Transitions
Two Ways to “Transish”
Creating Individual Transition Effects
A Long Discussion of Transition Lengths
Transitions: The iMovie Catalog
Chapter 6 Video Effects
Green Screen/Blue Screen
Chapter 7 Stabilization, Color Fixes, Cropping, and Rotating
Chapter 8 Titles, Subtitles, and Credits
Setting Up a Title
Font, Size, and Style
Checking the Result
Editing or Deleting a Title
Chapter 9 Narration, Music, and Sound
Three Kinds of Audio
Adding Audio to the Storyboard
Sound Effects (Pinned Music)
Editing to the Beat
Extracting Audio from Video
Multiple Clip Adjustments
Removing Audio Adjustments
Audio Effects, Enhancements, and Equalizers
Editing Audio in GarageBand
Chapter 10 Photos
Importing Still Images
The Photo Browser
Two Ways to Add Photos
The Dimensions of an iMovie Photo
Crop, Fit, Rotate
The Ken Burns Effect
Creating Still Images from Footage
Exporting a Still Frame
Chapter 11 Movie Trailers
The Trailers Catalog
Building Your Trailer
Customizing Your Trailer
Chapter 12 Advanced Editing
The Power of Editing
Popular Editing Techniques
Back and Forth to iMovie 6
Finding Your Audience
Chapter 13 Exporting to iPod, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, or Front Row
David Pogue 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. 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 more than 100 titles.
Aaron Miller is a part-time lawyer, part-time professor, and runs a software company serving nonprofit organizations. In all of his spare time, he authors the blog "Unlocking iMovie" (www.unlockingimovie.com), his own little way of trying to make the Mac world a better place.
Nellie McKesson provided quality control for iMovie ’11 & iDVD: The Missing Manual. The book was proofread and composited in Adobe InDesign CS4 by Dessin Designs (www.dessindesigns.com).The cover of this book is based on a series design originally created by David Freedman and modified by Mike Kohnke, Karen Montgomery, and Fitch (www.fitch.com). Back cover design, dog illustration, and color selection by Fitch.David Futato designed the interior layout, based on a series design by Phil Simpson. The text font is Adobe Minion; the heading font is Adobe Formata Condensed; and the code font is LucasFont’s TheSansMonoCondensed. The illustrations that appear in the book were produced by Robert Romano using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator CS.
Comments about oreilly iMovie '11 & iDVD: The Missing Manual:
Third iMovie book I've had. I've made numerous movies with the books. Really great at walking you through using iMovie and about the best there is on the market. However, there are a few things that could be a lot better. A few tidbits of vital information is missing and some contradictory information appears in various chapters.
All, in all, very good, but it seems that the attention to detail has fallen off just a hair since the line has been expanded.
Another reason I think some of the details are missing is because the books appear to have information that is carried over from previous editions only adding information about new features, which in a way makes sense. However, some incorrect things or missing information also stays with or out of the new edition.
For instance, none of the books tell about how to make a one step DVD straight from a movie to iDVD by using the command in the file menu. It only mentions the One Step DVD which involves using a tape based camera. The ability to make a simple, no menu DVD is a huge thing to leave out and caused me hours of frustration and work that was not needed had this simple important feature been mentioned.
But, as I said, it is still essential to have. But you will have to do research on the internet to find some of the basic (and important) information that is missing in this book.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend