Whether you consider yourself a pro or a hobbyist, you have to admit that Apple's iMovie 08 and iDVD 08 are amazing right out of the box. Unfortunately, the box doesn't include much of a user's guide, so learning about these applications is another matter. iMovie 08 & iDVD: The Missing Manual gets you up to speed on all of the themes, motion graphics, titles, effects -- everything that lets you turn raw digital footage into highly creative video projects.
You get crystal-clear and jargon-free explanations of all the iMovie 08 and iDVD 08 features, including the new video library, how to view transitions, titles, and sound in real time as you add them, and ways to publish your creations directly to YouTube. Renowned author David Pogue -- tech columnist for the New York Times -- uses an objective lens to scrutinize every step of process, including how to:
Work on multiple iMovie projects at once and drag & drop clips among them
Output your creation to a blog, its own web page, or as a video podcast with iWeb
Use "Magic iMovie" to import your video and make a movie for you
Integrate with other iLife programs to use songs, photos, and an original sound track
And a whole lot more
From choosing and using a digital camcorder to burning the finished work onto DVDs, posting it online, or creating versions for iPod and iPhone, iMovie 08 & iDVD: The Missing Manual zooms right in on the details in a concise and understandable manner. The book also provides a firm grounding in basic film technique so that the quality of your video won't rely entirely on magic.
Shooting Great Video
Chapter 1 A Field Guide to Camcorders
Meet Digital Video
What’s It Good For?
Tape vs. Tapeless
AVCHD, MPEG-2, and Other Such Jargon
Camcorder Features: Which Are Worthwhile?
Where and How to Buy
The Long-Term Storage Problem
Chapter 2 Turning Home Video into Pro Video
Film vs. Videotape
Film-Technique Crash Course
Get the Shot
Replace the Microphone
Limit Zooming and Panning
Keep the Camera Steady
Video Lighting: A Crash Course
Keep It in Focus
Video Composition: A Crash Course
Chapter 3 Special Event Filming
Live Stage Performances
Photos and Old Movies
Actual Scripted Films
Editing in iMovie
Chapter 4 Importing Video
iMovie: The Application
Getting into iMovie
Importing from a Tape Camcorder
Importing from Tapeless Camcorders
Importing from DVD Camcorders
Recording Live from a Camcorder or iSight Camera
Importing Old iMovie Projects
Dragging Video In from the Finder
Importing Footage from Non-DV Tapes
Chapter 5 The Lay of the Land
The Concept of Movie Projects
Creating a Project
Aspect Ratios: The Missing Manual
All About Events
Four Ways to Remodel Your Workspace
Chapter 6 Building the Movie
Phase 1: Review Your Clips (Skim + Play)
Phase 3: Build the Storyboard
Phase 2–3 (Alternate): Paint-to-Insert
Phase 4: Fine-Tune the Edit
Copying and Pasting Video
Shortening or Lengthening Clips
Splitting a Clip
Chapter 7 Video Chunks: Keywords, Favorites, and Rejects
Marking Favorites and Rejects: Two-Step Method
Marking Favorites and Rejects: One-Step Method
Selecting Marked Footage
Hiding and Showing Favorites and Rejects
The Keyword Filter
Deleting Footage for Good
Chapter 8 Transitions
When Not to Use Transitions
Two Ways to “Transish”
Creating Individual Transition Effects
A Long Discussion of Transition Lengths
Transitions: The iMovie Catalog
Chapter 9 Color Fixes, Cropping, and Rotating
Phase 1: Select the Clip, Find the Frame
Phase 2: The Video Adjustments Panel
Introduction to the Histogram
Chapter 10 Titles, Subtitles, and Credits
Setting Up a Title
Font, Size, and Style
Checking the Result
Editing or Deleting a Title
Chapter 11 Narration, Music, and Sound
Two Kinds of Audio
Adding Audio to the Storyboard
Sound Effects (Pinned Music)
Extracting Audio from Video
Editing Audio in GarageBand
Chapter 12 Photos
Importing Still Images
The Photos 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 13 Advanced Editing
The Power of Editing
Popular Editing Techniques
Back and Forth to iMovie 6
Finding Your Audience
Chapter 14 Exporting to iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, or Front Row
David Pogue, Yale '85, 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. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "For Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music). In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.
Comments about oreilly iMovie '08 & iDVD: The Missing Manual:
I believe I won this book back in November 2008. I've been a Mac user since 2004. I learned to do a lot with photo's and movies creating CD's and DVD's. I purchased a new computer in February 2009. The changes from my old computer to the new one in iMovie and iDVD, are phenomenal. My husband and I went to New Orleans on a "Katrina Relief Mission Trip" in 2007. I have a lot of video and photo's of the work we did in gutting three houses so that the people, who owned them, could some day rebuild. My dream was to be able to make a DVD to give the 14 people who went on the trip. Last week I was able to make a 32 minute DVD. I added "credits", which included the title of the trip and the names of the fourteen people who went. I created it in iMovie with the scrolling credits, saved that segment as a quicktime movie and dragged it to the DVD to play as it is inserted. It works great on our DVD player plus other friends computers and DVD players. It's never too late to put those photos and movies together of past trips. We will have a reunion with the group and I plan on having this DVD and maybe two more to give them. My husband and I had taken a trip to New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina. I'll do a segment of the "before" with Jazz music. What a treasure to have. And it's all because of what can be done on iMovie and iDVD today. I am just beginning to explore iMovie and iDVD. It would be fun to put a video on YouTube or iWeb. These are things I've never been able to do. This book is a wonderful tool that I will be using a lot. Thank you for donating it to the raffle.
Comments about oreilly iMovie '08 & iDVD: The Missing Manual:
iMovie '08 & iDVD - The Missing Manual, David Pogue
by Paul Pazdera (paulus)
Having graduated to a faster CPU. i.e. from a G4/400 via a Sonnet 1.8 card, it seemed timely to meet these iLife '08 components.
For me it was natural to stick with David Pogue/O'Reilly and target a relevant The Missing Manual.
A technical tome of 450 pages at first it seemed rather intimidating, until I remembered from earlier TMMs of his that this would be not just an overview and road-map towards application-competence, but a quasi hands-on step-by-step show-me!
From reviewing camcorders, camera-handling, shooting raw dv-footage serendipitously or to a story-board. Pogue guides you along, with clarity and encouragement.
The fullness of videography is presented in real-time workflow-order.
Importing raw footage, editing, cut/copy and paste, transitions, titling, addition of speech/sound/music, photos/graphics - all presented so even newbies to video understand the concepts.
But wait! - there is more! You want an audience for your finished indie - on iPod, Apple TV, etc. - all via iTunes. Or via iMovie to YouTube and the Web.
So you are going to burn to disc and Pogue again leads us in the techniques and options of turning out a memorable video on DVD disc.
Tripping is part of trying and learning and so the book closes with Troubleshooting for recovery.
Read this tutorial fluently, or read the section of immediate interest to you (H-E-L-P !) - it's a good read and an excellent investment!