First and foremost: Thank you for buying my book.
This book was a team effort. Though my name appears on the cover, it wouldn't exist without the extraordinary efforts of that team. And so, before we go any further, I'd like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to all of them…
Major thanks to Peachpit Press Publisher (try saying that three times fast) Nancy Ruenzel and Executive Editor Marjorie Baer, for believing in this project and giving it the green light.
Big time thanks to Gloria Marquez, production coordinator extraordinaire, for keeping the whole affair on track week in and week out, and to awesome freelance editor (and my former Macworld magazine reviews editor) Carol Person, who not only minded my Ps and Qs, but managed to keep the word "stuff" from appearing on every page. I'd also like to thank Owen Wolfson, for composing these gorgeous pages in record time.
My super duper literary agent, Carole McClendon at Waterside Productions, deserves praise for stellar deal-making on my behalf, year in and year out. And yes, I still think of you as "Swifty" McClendon.
My wife, Lisa, and my kids, Allison and Jacob, have certainly earned very special thanks for putting up with my all-too-frequent hibernations, and giving me the space to do what I do. I'm almost done…but I'd be remiss if I didn't also thank Apple both for creating iDVD and pricing it right.
And last but certainly not least, very special thanks to Senior Technical Editor, Victor Gavenda, for excellent technical observations and insights too numerous to count (not to mention his extremely humorous editorial comments).