iMovie '11 & iDVD: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: March 2011
Pages: 544

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.

This book covers version 9 of Apple's iMovie software.

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    5.0

    Mastering iMovie - no problem!

    By mkie

    from Munich, Germany

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    • Well-written

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    Comments about oreilly iMovie '11 & iDVD: The Missing Manual:

    Many times already I tried to get into iMovie the hard way - by trial and error. I consider myself quite a bit experienced with video editiing but I failed again and again!

    Now I got 4 hrs. of video footage from my wedding in front of me and of course everybody is pushing me to get this into a decent video. So I got the e-book version of this book.

    What can I say? The author literally takes the reader by the hand and shows him *everything* he ever wanted to know about iMovie. Even tougher questions and very technological topics are covered. At the same time the author writes in a way that is easy (and also fun) to read.

    So far I read only about 1/6 of the book but a lot of questions have already been answered and I learned a bunch of very useful tricks.

    This book deserves even more than 5 stars - that's for sure!

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    Great Info and Engaging Style

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      Comments about oreilly iMovie '11 & iDVD: The Missing Manual:

      This book is logically organized, comprehensive, easy to understand, and written in an engaging style. Tech books don't get much better than this.

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      Almost everything you need to know

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      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.

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