iMovie 6 & iDVD: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: May 2006
Pages: 512

While the last version of iMovie gave moviemakers the ability to capture and edit widescreen High Definition Video (HDV) from the new generation of camcorders, iMovie 6 is all about the ease of moviemaking itself. iMovie 6 includes five professionally designed themes with backgrounds, motion graphics, titles, and effects that act as building blocks for your projects. You can preview transitions and stunning new video effects--such as time-lapse video--in real time using the full screen. Or edit audio and add sound effects with a new built-in sound studio. For presenting your movie, Magic iDVD offers easy-to-use themes, including new widescreen options.

Whether you're a professional or an amateur moviemaker, this is amazing stuff. But if you want to learn the full capabilities of these applications, Apple documentation won't make the cut. Instead, iMovie 6 & iDVD: The Missing Manual is the ideal third-party authority that covers all of these changes through an objective lens. This witty and entertaining guide from celebrated author David Pogue details every step of iMovie 6 and iDVD production. The book shows you 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 soundtrack
  • And a whole lot more

From choosing and using a digital camcorder to burning the finished work onto DVDs, posting it online, or downloading it to an iPod, iMovie 6 & iDVD: The Missing Manual zooms right in on the details in a clear, 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.

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    [...]If you want to produce professional quality video with iMovie 06 this is the book to have on call. You are in for a real treat with this book as it has three main features. Not only do you learn every aspect of iMovie 06, but Pogue gives you the inside secrets on how to plan out and shoot your videos before you even begin. After shooting and editing your video with the assistance of this book, you can then follow along in the iDVD section to create a video that people will not believe you developed and produced.Part One of the book explains what type of video camera are worthwhile for certain uses. Firewire connectors, analog inputs, electronic stabilizers, optical and video zooming and much more is discussed in detail. This section is a must read for anyone who is contemplating shooting a video, whether it is for home or business use, and it makes the expert terms easily understood for the novice movie maker.Next the book digs right in with the techniques of "turning home video into pro video" and gives an amazing collection of methods the professionals use to produce high quality movies. Various filming tips are given for such productions as: live stage performances, sports, speeches, interviews, weddings, mixing old photos and video, shooting slides and even how to transfer old movies to DV.Part Two is where you roll the sleeves up and dust off the cameras and the action begins. I like the way Pogue explains the features of iMovie. The book takes you on a formatted journey so you easily learn the application iMovie. You will see how to build the movie, learn how the transitions, sound, titles, narration and professional editing techniques all play a role in iMovie 06.Part Three takes you into the world of iTunes, QuickTime, iPod, the Internet and mobile phones and how you can make these programs and devices interact with iMovie to publish and expose your movies to the world.If you have never made your own DVD before you are in for a real treat in Part Four. Even if you have, Pogue shows you step-by-step how to produce the most professional DVD movie that your friends and family will be amazed. Having never used iDVD before I found these instructions very easy to follow in simple terms with professional guidance at every turn of the page. This book has inspired me to make more movies and burn them to DVDs to add to my now growing collection.

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