iMovie: The Missing Manual
By David Pogue
Publisher: O'Reilly Media / Pogue Press
Final Release Date: May 2000
Pages: 385

Editing camcorder footage on a PC is nothing new. For $5,000 in circuit boards and high-end editing software, anyone can be a home-office Spielberg. But in 1999, Apple Computer made digital video editing almost as easy as using a word processor--and even less expensive. Built into each of Apple's wildly popular iMac DV computers 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. The crown jewel is the pre-installed editing software: iMovie.

Using this cleverly designed program, you can transfer DV footage from camcorder to hard drive; trim and rearrange scenes; and add crossfades, credits, and multiple sound tracks. In fact, iMovie includes almost everything you need to produce pro-quality video--except a manual.

That's where iMovie:The Missing Manual comes in. This entertaining guide takes you through every step of iMovie video production, from choosing and using a digital camcorder to burning your 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.

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 reducing the cost, complexity, and difficulty of desktop video production. The book explains, for example, how to run iMovie on any recent Mac model (not just the iMac DV); uncovers the two secret clip-editing techniques that Apple's online help doesn't even mention; and provides a powerful workaround for iMovie's weak soundtrack-editing feature.

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iMovie: The Missing Manual Review

By N Andrews

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iMovie: The Missing Manual by David Pogue is a straight forward, easy-to-understand, and fully comprehensive text that neither bored me nor overwhelmed me. The most helpful aspects of this book for me have been the "work arounds" and advice (pros and cons) for adding a firewire storage drive. I carried this book around with me until I read it from cover-to-cover. It continues to be a helpful guide as I try new techniques.

 
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An excellent book. As easy as iMovie is to use, this book pulls together the basics of movie making and the technical end of digital video editing. Only one problem: Mr. Pogue needs to immediately update the book for iMovie2, particularly for its improved audio capabilities.

 
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iMovie: The Missing Manual Review

By Stephane Matis

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Apple's release of iMovie for all promted me to buy a DV camera. Well, that and the fact that an important wedding was going to take place. With access to a G4 coupled with Cinema Display, what more could I want ? Well, a whole lot of tips.

I shot the wedding with couple of hours of DV camera preperation. I made all the beginner mistakes. My personal gaffes and a feeling of "there must be a better way" lead me to buy the book.

What a great read!

Not only did this book reinforce my personal beliefs in the greatness of DV tehnology, it gave me all the little clues I needed. I'm almost bubbling over with ideas and plans to experiment and shoot lots of DV.

Thanks for the book, hope to see something on iMovie 2.0 :)

 
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David Pogue has done it again. I was first introduced to his work through his other MAC series, and found his instructions clear and fun to read as well.

I'd been extolling the value of iMovie to a fellow videomaker, who just wasn't listening. He, like many others, saw it as something merely for the average consumer to use.

Browsing for this book in a store, I showed him the passages about how Professional people are using iMovie to create on-air content. Before I could read further, he muttered, "If any book has at least ONE piece of information in it that you didn't know before, it's worth buying."

I bought the book, and savored each page during a recent vacation (makes a great plane book from CA to NY!). And he bought one and is finally using iMovie as well.

Thanks for the info, Mr. Pogue. I look forward to future volumes.

 
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By Carl Gandola

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Happy to be the first to do a review.

This book is just plain fun—clearly written and informative. Just what I was looking for, having already gotten my feet wet with some iMovie productions.

Introductory chapters are on target—even covered basics of sound, reinforcing my RadioShack lavelier microphone purchase of earlier this week. (Use it with my Canon Ultura).

...I'll be back after I've read the whole thing. Thanks.

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