iMovie 6 iDVD: The Missing Manual

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iMovie 6 & iDVD: The Missing Manual
By David Pogue
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pub Date: May 2006
Print ISBN-10: 0-596-52726-8
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-59-652726-6
Pages: 512

Table of Contents   Index

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.

book cover
iMovie 6 & iDVD: The Missing Manual
By David  Pogue
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pub Date: May 2006
Print ISBN-10: 0-596-52726-8
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-59-652726-6
Pages: 512

Table of Contents    Index

      The Missing Credits
      Part I:   Capturing DV Footage
          Chapter 1.   The DV Camcorder
        Section 1.1.   Meet Digital Video
        Section 1.2.   Buying a DV Camcorder
          Chapter 2.   Turning Home Video into Pro Video
        Section 2.1.   Film vs. Videotape
        Section 2.2.   Film-Technique Crash Course
        Section 2.3.   Get the Shot
        Section 2.4.   Replace the Microphone
        Section 2.5.   Limit Zooming and Panning
        Section 2.6.   Keep the Camera Steady
        Section 2.7.   Video Lighting: A Crash Course
        Section 2.8.   Keep It in Focus
        Section 2.9.   Video Composition: A Crash Course
          Chapter 3.   Special Event Filming
        Section 3.1.   Interviews
        Section 3.2.   Music Videos
        Section 3.3.   Live Stage Performances
        Section 3.4.   Speeches
        Section 3.5.   Sports
        Section 3.6.   Photos and Old Movies
        Section 3.7.   Weddings
        Section 3.8.   Actual Scripted Films
      Part II:   Editing in iMovie
          Chapter 4.   Camcorder Meets Mac
        Section 4.1.   iMovie: The Application
        Section 4.2.   Connecting to FireWire
        Section 4.3.   Getting into iMovie
        Section 4.4.   Importing Camcorder Footage
        Section 4.5.   iSight Recording
        Section 4.6.   USB Camcorders
        Section 4.7.   High-Definition Camcorders
        Section 4.8.   The Aspect-Ratio Problem
        Section 4.9.   Magic iMovie
        Section 4.10.   Time-Lapse Recording
        Section 4.11.   Managing Project Files
        Section 4.12.   Converting Older Projects
        Section 4.13.   How iMovie Organizes Its Files
        Section 4.14.   Importing Footage from Non-DV Tapes
          Chapter 5.   Building the Movie
        Section 5.1.   Navigating Your Clips
        Section 5.2.   Undo, Revert, and Other Safety Nets
        Section 5.3.   Project Trashand the Disk-Space Paradox
        Section 5.4.   Shortening Clips by Dragging
        Section 5.5.   Three Ways to Trim a Clip
        Section 5.6.   Splitting a Clip
        Section 5.7.   The Movie Track: Your Storyboard
        Section 5.8.   Tricks of the Timeline Viewer
        Section 5.9.   Playing the Movie Track
        Section 5.10.   Full-Screen Playback Mode
        Section 5.11.   Themes
          Chapter 6.   Transitions and Special Effects
        Section 6.1.   About Transitions
        Section 6.2.   When Not to Use Transitions
        Section 6.3.   Creating a Transition
        Section 6.4.   Transitions: The iMovie Catalog
        Section 6.5.   Downloading More Transition Choices
        Section 6.6.   Video FX
        Section 6.7.   Effects: The iMovie Catalog
        Section 6.8.   Installing More Effects
          Chapter 7.   Titles, Captions, and Credits
        Section 7.1.   Setting Up a Title
        Section 7.2.   Inserting and Rendering a Title
        Section 7.3.   The iMovie Titles Catalog
          Chapter 8.   Narration, Music, and Sound
        Section 8.1.   The Two iMovie Soundtracks
        Section 8.2.   Audio Clips
        Section 8.3.   Recording Narration
        Section 8.4.   Importing Music from iTunes or GarageBand
        Section 8.5.   Scoring in GarageBand
        Section 8.6.   Sound Effects (Crickets, Etc.)
        Section 8.7.   Audio Effects (Reverb, Etc.)
        Section 8.8.   Volume Adjustments
        Section 8.9.   Manipulating Audio Clips
        Section 8.10.   Overlaying Video Over Sound
        Section 8.11.   Extracting Audio from Video
          Chapter 9.   Still Pictures and QuickTime Movies
        Section 9.1.   Importing Still Images
        Section 9.2.   The Dimensions of an iMovie Photo
        Section 9.3.   The Ken Burns Effect
        Section 9.4.   Still Images as Titles
        Section 9.5.   Creating Still Images from Footage
        Section 9.6.   Importing QuickTime Movies
          Chapter 10.   Professional Editing Techniques
        Section 10.1.   The Power of Editing
        Section 10.2.   Popular Editing Techniques
      Part III:   Finding Your Audience
          Chapter 11.   Back to the Camcorder
        Section 11.1.   Why Export to Tape
        Section 11.2.   Transferring Footage to the Camcorder or VCR
        Section 11.3.   Notes on DV Tapes
          Chapter 12.   From iMovie to QuickTime
        Section 12.1.   Saving a QuickTime Movie
        Section 12.2.   Understanding QuickTime
        Section 12.3.   The Share Presets: What They Mean
        Section 12.4.   The Expert Settings
        Section 12.5.   The Video Codecs: A Catalog
        Section 12.6.   Burning QuickTime Movie CDs
          Chapter 13.   Movies on the Web, the iPod, and the Phone
        Section 13.1.   Make the Big Screen Tiny
        Section 13.2.   Method 1: Publishing Movies on a .Mac Account
        Section 13.3.   Posting a Movie on Your Own Web Site
        Section 13.4.   Other Internet "Film Festivals"
        Section 13.5.   Optimizing Online Movies
        Section 13.6.   Movies on the iPod
        Section 13.7.   Movies on Your Phone
          Chapter 14.   QuickTime Player
        Section 14.1.   QuickTime Player (Free Version)
        Section 14.2.   QuickTime Player Pro
        Section 14.3.   Advanced QuickTime Pro: Track Tricks
      Part IV:   iDVD 6
          Chapter 15.   From iMovie to iDVD
        Section 15.1.   Why iDVD?
        Section 15.2.   What You're in For
        Section 15.3.   Phase 1: Prepare Your Video
        Section 15.4.   Phase 2: Insert Chapter Markers
        Section 15.5.   Phase 3: Hand Off to iDVD
        Section 15.6.   Phase 4: Design the Menu Screen
        Section 15.7.   Phase 5: Burning Your DVD
        Section 15.8.   OneStep DVDs, Magic iDVDs
          Chapter 16.   iDVD Projects by Hand
        Section 16.1.   Building iDVDs
        Section 16.2.   Creating a New Project
        Section 16.3.   Adding Movies
        Section 16.4.   Submenus ("Folders")
        Section 16.5.   The DVD Mapand Autoplay
        Section 16.6.   DVD Slideshows
          Chapter 17.   Designing iDVD Themes
        Section 17.1.   iDVD's Built-in Themes
        Section 17.2.   Button Styles
        Section 17.3.   Editing and Positioning Text
        Section 17.4.   Changing Backgrounds
        Section 17.5.   Choosing Menu Audio
        Section 17.6.   Saving Favorites
        Section 17.7.   Buying Sound and Vision
          Chapter 18.   iDVD Secrets
        Section 18.1.   iDVDThe DVD-ROM Maker
        Section 18.2.   Project Info
        Section 18.3.   Uncover Your DVD Project File
        Section 18.4.   AppleScripting iDVD
        Section 18.5.   Archiving Your Project
        Section 18.6.   Disk Images
        Section 18.7.   Professional Duplicating
      Part V:   Appendixes
          Appendix A.   iMovie 6, Menu by Menu
        Section A.1.   iMovie Menu
        Section A.2.   File Menu
        Section A.3.   Edit Menu
        Section A.4.   View Menu
        Section A.5.   Markers Menu
        Section A.6.   Share Menu
        Section A.7.   Advanced Menu
        Section A.8.   Window Menu
        Section A.9.   Help Menu
          Appendix B.   Troubleshooting
        Section B.1.   Two Golden Rules
        Section B.2.   Preparing the Playground
        Section B.3.   General iMovie Troubleshooting
        Section B.4.   Starting Up and Importing
        Section B.5.   Title Trouble
        Section B.6.   Photo Problems
        Section B.7.   Problems Editing
        Section B.8.   Exporting Troubles
        Section B.9.   Project Corruption
        Section B.10.   Problems with Sound
        Section B.11.   DVD Problems
        Section B.12.   Where to Get Help Online
          Appendix C.   Master Keyboard Shortcut List