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Making iMovies : use your digital camcorder and iMac DV to make movies for the web
Smith, Scott.
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Publication Information:
Berkeley, Calif. : Peachpit Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
xv, 139 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm + 1 computer optical disc (4 3/4 in.)
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Includes index.
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For the latest generation of movie-makers, the senior editor at RES: The Magazine of Digital Filmmaking and creator of digital effects for many feature films, demystifies the filmmaking process. While showcasing the Apple hardware and software revolutionizing desktop video production, Smith also offers time- honored storytelling tips. Replete with visuals and Web references. The bundled DVD-COM includes iMovie lesson files, sample video clips, and sound effects. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Author Notes

Scott Smith is a senior editor at RES: The Magazine of Digital Filmmaking , where he reports on trends in digital video production. An experienced filmmake and animator, he is also a founding partner of Silver Planet Studio, creator of digital effects for dozens of feature films including director Frank Grow's Love God and Tood Solondz's latest film, Happiness . His last book was The Film 100 , a ranking of the msot influential people in the history of cinema.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vi
Table of Contentsp. vii
Introductionp. xi
Using the Lesson Filesp. xiii
1 Storytelling Tipsp. 1
Stories Are Everywherep. 3
Storytelling Is About Structurep. 4
Dramatic Structurep. 4
Getting Your Story Startedp. 6
Shoot First, Structure Laterp. 6
Circumvent the Scriptp. 6
Storyboardsp. 7
Using iMovie to Structure Storiesp. 8
The Clip Shelfp. 8
Lesson: Building Storyboards in iMoviep. 9
Lesson: Importing PICT and JPEG Imagesp. 12
Showing and Tellingp. 13
2 Shooting Techniquesp. 15
Neighborhood Moviemakingp. 17
Shoot It Locally, Show It Globallyp. 17
Use Actors You Already Knowp. 17
Spare Every Expensep. 17
Shooting for the Webp. 18
Some Shots Are Not Web-Friendlyp. 18
Think About Contrastp. 19
Use Close-ups in Your Compositionsp. 20
Silhouette Vital Scenes of Actionp. 21
Issues with Camera Movementp. 23
Dressing up for DVp. 23
Using Your DV Camcorderp. 25
Stand Still, Shut Up, and Focusp. 25
Stand Stillp. 25
Shut Upp. 26
Focusp. 26
Know Your Camerap. 27
Looking Like a Prop. 27
Tips on Lightingp. 27
Recording Ambient Noises for Sound Effectsp. 28
Composing Your Shotsp. 28
Anglesp. 29
Trianglesp. 29
Framing Within the Framep. 29
3 Importing Footagep. 31
Why FireWire Is So Hotp. 33
How Digital Video Worksp. 34
Importing Clips into iMoviep. 35
Is the Camera Connected?p. 35
Complete Control of Your Camcorderp. 35
Selecting Footage for Importp. 35
Batch Capturing by Timecodep. 36
Maximum Length for Captured Footagep. 36
Capturing Live Video from a Camerap. 37
When Space Runs Outp. 37
Renaming Clipsp. 37
Deleting Clipsp. 37
Viewing Your Footagep. 38
4 Cropping Clipsp. 39
Viewing Clipsp. 41
Selecting Clips for Previewp. 41
Time Markers Using the Clip Markersp. 42
Lesson: First Impressionp. 43
Step 1 Cropping out Unnecessary Footagep. 43
Step 2 Putting Clips into the Timelinep. 48
Step 3 Splitting One Clip into Twop. 51
Step 4 Cropping Clips in the Timelinep. 54
Step 4 Clearing Footage from a Clipp. 56
Before You Savep. 57
5 Adding Sound and Musicp. 59
Audio in Perfect Syncp. 61
Selecting Sounds in the Audio Timelinep. 61
Changing the Audio Settingsp. 62
Selecting from the Sound Effects Collectionp. 63
Lesson: The Flower of Lovep. 64
Step 1 Adding Sound Effects to the Timelinep. 64
Using Narrationp. 67
Step 2 Adding Your Own Narrationp. 68
Step 3 Editing Audio Clips in the Timelinep. 70
Step 4 Positioning Audio Clips in the Timelinep. 72
Using the Music Palettep. 74
Step 5 Adding Music from an Audio CDp. 74
Importing Other Audio Filesp. 75
Other Ways of Importing Audio Filesp. 76
6 Adding Titles and Transition Effectsp. 77
Use Effects Sparinglyp. 79
Titles for Moviesp. 79
How Titles Work in iMoviep. 79
The Titles Palettep. 79
Choosing a Title Effectp. 80
Setting the Duration of an Effectp. 80
Setting the Direction of the Animationp. 81
Selecting a Font for Your Titlesp. 81
Choosing the Color of Your Titlesp. 81
Previewing Your Effectp. 82
Lesson: Adding Titles to Moviesp. 83
Step 1 Creating Titles over a Black Backgroundp. 83
Deleting the Effectp. 85
Rendering Effectsp. 86
Step 2 Creating Titles over Videop. 86
Updating an Effectp. 87
Step 3 Creating Titles over a Still Imagep. 88
Duplicating a Title Effectp. 89
Step 4 Duplicating and Updating Title Effectsp. 90
How Transitions Work in iMoviep. 92
The Transitions Palettep. 92
Choosing a Transition Effectp. 92
Similarities Between Titles and Transitionsp. 92
Differences Between Titles and Transitionsp. 92
Lesson: Adding Transitions to Moviesp. 93
Step 1 Placing Transitions in the Timelinep. 93
Step 2 Processing Multiple Transitionsp. 97
Step 3 Updating Transitions in the Timelinep. 99
Step 4 Using Transitions Creativelyp. 101
Adjusting to Changes in the Timelinep. 103
7 Saving Your Moviep. 105
Saving Your Project Filesp. 107
Exporting Your Finished Moviep. 107
Exporting to Mini-DV Tapesp. 108
Making a Copy on a VHS Tapep. 108
Exporting to QuickTimep. 108
Saving Your Movie for CD-ROMp. 109
Saving Movies for the Webp. 110
Using the Experts Settingp. 110
8 Preparing Video for the Webp. 111
Sending Movies over the Internetp. 113
File Size and Compressionp. 113
Using the iMovie Web Settingsp. 113
Presenting Your Movie on the Webp. 113
Movie Players and Plug-Insp. 113
QuickTime 4p. 113
RealPlayerp. 114
Windows Media Playerp. 114
Web Sites Where Movie Watchers Gop. 115
Posting Movies for Downloadp. 115
Preparing Video for Streamingp. 116
Behind the Scenesp. 117
Making the Tutorial Moviesp. 118
First Impressionp. 118
The Flower of Lovep. 120
General Hysteriap. 122
Troubleshootingp. 124
System Requirementsp. 124
Using Other FireWire Capture Cardsp. 125
Running Low on Memoryp. 125
Tips For Camcorder Compatibilityp. 125
Canon Camcordersp. 125
Panasonic Camcordersp. 125
Sharp Camcordersp. 125
Sony Camcordersp. 125
Using Device Controlp. 126
Exporting to DV Tapep. 126
Storage Device Speedp. 126
Reinstalling iMoviep. 126
Web Referencesp. 127
Online Showcases and Festivalsp. 127
Audio Sitesp. 128
Camera Support and Stabilization Systemsp. 128
Online Discussion and News Groupsp. 128
DV Cameras and Accessoriesp. 129
Online Film Schoolsp. 129
3D Graphics, Animation, Titles, and Special Effectsp. 129
Moviemaking Magazines and Resourcesp. 129
Compression and Streaming Technologiesp. 130
FireWire Hardware Manufacturersp. 130
Indexp. 131