iMovie 2: The Missing Manual
By David Pogue
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: March 2001
Pages: 420

When it created iMovie in 1999, Apple Computer made digital video editing almost as easy as using a word processor--and even less expensive. Built into most modern Macintosh models is the circuitry needed to record pro-quality video from a digital camcorder, and then send the edited movies back to TV or tape with zero picture-quality loss.Now Apple takes the revolution to the next level with the dramatically enhanced iMovie 2.0. The new software adds the option of inserting new video over a continuous audio track; removes limitations on the number of raw clips from which to choose scenes; and offers bonuses such as special effects and brightness and contrast adjustments, much greater typographical flexibility in its title- and credit-maker, and a far more useful and complete audio-track editor.But one thing hasn't changed: iMovie 2, though much more sophisticated than its predecessor, still doesn't come with a single page of printed instructions.Pogue Press/O'Reilly's iMovie: The Missing Manual, released in May 2000, became an instant bestseller, requiring two reprints in three months and earning rave five-star reviews on Amazom.com. This entertaining guide covers every step of iMovie video production, from choosing and using a digital camcorder to burning the finished work onto CDs. The book's philosophy: Giving someone iMovie without also teaching basic film technique is like giving a map to a teenager without teaching him to drive.Now author David Pogue is back with an expanded, revised edition, now called iMovie 2: The Missing Manual, rewritten to cover iMovie 2 and nothing but.Far deeper and more detailed than the meager set of online help screens included with iMovie, the book helps iMovie users realize the software's potential as a breakthrough in the cost, complexity, and difficulty of desktop video production.With a technical review by Glenn Reid, architect and lead engineer of both iMovie and iMovie 2.

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iMovie 2 is a great book, am anxiously waiting for iMovie 3. Benoit

 
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I spent two days attempting an analog to digital pass thru ,w my sony trv900 mini dv camera, before I realised it isnt possible.!!

On page 114 of the missing manual it claims it is possible.!@#$#@!

Anyways the book is useful but not entirely correct.--d

 
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One of the best computer books i've read. It was such a delight to be able to

make my first movie with this book. I especially enjoyed the chapters on film making tips and editing.

 
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I read the previous reviews and endorse their praises for the book and the author. There is no way one can discover all these essential features by oneself...not efficiently, not likely before the next version of the software, if ever! I,too, appreciate very much the thoughtfulness of providing the errata via the internet. I thoroughly enjoy reading and folloiwng this manual.

I am awaiting the OS 10.1 manual and hope you are working on one for the iDVD.

Thanks1

Hans Foerstel

Nov. 26,2001

 
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I've done real video editing, and I've been playing with iMovie for almost a year. Do I need this book? Nope. Did I *WANT* this book? Yes.

I knew there had to be a few tips and tricks here and there that I hadn't figured out on my own, and sure enough, it was worth the $bux to get the extra info.

There were 2 other iMovie books available, but Pogue didn't write those, so they are still sitting on the bookshelf at the store. David Pogue is one of the best writers in the genre, bar none.

He's not my brother, I'm not getting paid for this...he's just that good. And so is the book.

 
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iMovie 2: The Missing Manual Review

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Great book!

Only 4 faces instead of full prize! Why?

The tiny-tiny white fonts on a grey-sad box (on location).

For an author so humoresque and brilliant the ceap gray box is a real sloppy mistake!

ps.

anyway i bought the iMovie 1 AND iMovie 2. I'm waiting for iMovie 3 without the gray boxes with the almost unreadable white fonts!

 
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Though Apple says you don't need to have a manual to use iMovie, this book allows you to move well beyond the basics of the software. After reading this book, I understand the true abilities of iMovie 2.0. A fine edition and I appreciate the lack of words such as "dummies" or "idiots" in the title!

 
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Excellent book! I truly believe that anyone can create an iMovie after reading this book, even me!!

 
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I like this book. I had several questions about using iMovie and they are all answered. Even more, questions I should have had, are answered too!

I appreciate too all the extras like this homepage.

Look for my movies on the big screens of American Movie-theaters and tv!

 
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Bravo! After doing several iMovie projects BTB (before the book) I can truly appreciate the technical makeup of this book. Anyone can produce an iMovie, but for anyone interested in squeezing every bit of power iMovie has to offer this book is a must have tool! Now if only Apple would come up with more transitions and effects!

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