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The complete idiot's guide to iMovie 2
Miser, Brad.
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Indianapolis, IN : Que, [2001]

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xiii, 357 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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Includes index.

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The Complete Idiots Guide to iMovie 2 provides beginning to intermediate users everything they need to know to download, edit, polish, and view or send their home video productions. A must-have for all digital video enthusiasts

Author Notes

Brad Miser has written extensively on Macintosh computers and related topics, including The Complete Idiot's Guide to iMac, The Complete Idiot's Guide to iBook, Using Mac OS 8.5, and The Mac OS 9 Guide. Brad has been using Mac computers for more than 12 years and is a member of the Apple Developer Connection Select Program. Brad has also been a development, technical and copy editor for more than 35 books.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Part I Becoming a DV Movie Mogulp. 5
1 iMovie Digital Movie Magicp. 7
What Is DV All About?p. 8
How Do You Build a DV Movie?p. 9
Building Your DV Studiop. 10
Planning Your Flickp. 10
Gathering Your Clipsp. 11
Assembling and Editing Your Clipsp. 11
Adding Special Effects and Soundp. 13
Finishing Your Moviep. 13
Getting Your Movie "Out There"p. 14
Other Things You Need to Knowp. 14
2 Building a Digital Video Toolkit with More Powerp. 15
Which DV Toolkit Is Right for You?p. 15
The Big Four--You Must Have These to Make DVsp. 17
Macintoshp. 17
iMoviep. 26
QuickTimep. 26
Camcorderp. 27
Hardware for More Powerp. 27
Input Devicesp. 28
Storage Devicesp. 34
Software for More Powerp. 37
3 iMovie--Definitely Not Your Father's Video Editing Applicationp. 37
Why iMovie Rocksp. 38
The iMovie Paradigmp. 38
iMovie: A Guided Tourp. 41
Monitoring Your Workp. 41
Viewing with the Viewersp. 44
Working with Tools on the Tools Palettep. 46
Storing Clips on the Shelfp. 47
Gauging Disk Spacep. 47
Taking Out the Trashp. 48
Cool iMovie Menusp. 48
4 Being Quick with QuickTimep. 51
So What Does QuickTime Have to Do with iMovie?p. 51
What You Need to Know About QuickTimep. 53
QuickTime Is Good, butp. 53
Playing for QuickTimep. 53
QuickTiming Around the Webp. 57
Rocking to MP3 Tunesp. 59
You Need QuickTime Prop. 67
So How Will QuickTime Pro Help Me with My iMovie Projects?p. 67
Upgrading to QuickTime Pro--It's Fast, Cheap, and Goodp. 67
Going Pro with QuickTime Prop. 67
Building QuickTime Movies with Cut and Pastep. 67
It's Two Movies in Onep. 67
Extracting Tracks Is Less Painful than Extracting Teethp. 67
5 Through the Digital Looking Glass (Choosing and Using a Digital Video Camera)p. 69
The Sometimes Baffling World of DV Camcordersp. 70
The First Step: Winnowing Down Your Optionsp. 71
Be iMovie Compatiblep. 72
Choose a Formatp. 73
Pick a Brand?p. 75
Consider the Costp. 75
The Labor-Intensive Step: Choosing a DV Camcorderp. 76
Researching the Detailsp. 77
The Factors, Pleasep. 79
The Expensive Step: Buying a DV Camcorderp. 81
The Fun Step: Using a DV Camcorderp. 81
Part II Laying the Digital Foundationp. 83
6 So, What Makes for Good Digital Video?p. 85
Making a Movie in Three Phasesp. 85
Deciding What Kind of Movie You Want to Makep. 87
Let's Be Spontaneousp. 87
You Are the Directorp. 89
If at First You Don't Succeed, You Probably Didn't Plan Very Wellp. 89
Catching a Visionp. 89
Grab a Keyboard and Start Writing that Scriptp. 90
Picturing a Movie with Storyboardsp. 91
Pick Your Shots--Planning the Productionp. 92
Practice Makes Your Movie Perfectp. 94
Rehearse 'Til You Dropp. 95
7 Shooting Like a Prop. 97
Scouting Your Locationp. 98
Shooting Insidep. 100
Lighting Upp. 100
Managing Soundp. 101
Setting Camera Positionsp. 103
Shooting Outsidep. 103
Lighting Your Worldp. 103
Keeping Quiet on the Setp. 105
Setting Camera Positionsp. 106
Composing Your Shots Like Beethoven Composed Musicp. 106
Use the Rule of Thirdsp. 107
Provide Buffer Spacep. 107
Lead Your Target (a.k.a. Follow Their Nose)p. 107
Design Your Backgroundsp. 108
Shooting Your Shots Like Wyatt Earp Shot Bad Guysp. 108
Plan on Wastep. 109
A Light Zoom Finger Is Betterp. 109
Moving the Camerap. 111
Switching to Manualp. 112
8 Digitizing Your Ownp. 113
How Do You Digitize?p. 114
Digitizing with a DV Camcorderp. 114
Digitizing Without a DV Camcorderp. 115
Building a Digitizing Systemp. 116
Digitizing Videop. 118
Converting Your Video to a QuickTime-Compatible Formatp. 118
Digitizing with a USB Systemp. 119
Building a USB Digitizing Systemp. 119
Using a USB Digitizing System to Digitize Videop. 122
Converting the Digitized Video to a QuickTime-Compatible Formatp. 125
Digitizing with a PCI Systemp. 126
Building a PCI Digitizing Systemp. 126
Using a PCI Digitizing System to Digitize Videop. 128
Converting the Digitized Video to a QuickTime-Compatible Formatp. 130
Part III Directing the Actionp. 131
9 Producing Your iMovie Projectp. 133
Preparing Your Production Studiop. 133
Taking Some Load Off of Your Mac's Shouldersp. 134
Seeing All the Colors of the Rainbowp. 138
Increasing Your Shelf Spacep. 139
Making Room for iMoviep. 142
Giving iMovie Plenty of Breathing Roomp. 146
Producing Your Projectp. 149
Prepping the Projectp. 149
Stating Your Preferences?p. 150
10 Laying All Your Clips Downp. 171
Know Your Clipsp. 172
Name That Clip!p. 172
Get the Dirt on a Clipp. 173
Edit Your Clips for the First Time--And Definitely Not the Last Timep. 175
Preview a Clipp. 175
Moving Around a Clipp. 178
Editing Doesn't Have to Hurtp. 179
Copy and Paste Among Clipsp. 181
Split a Clipp. 182
Edit Awayp. 182
Lay Those Clips Downp. 183
Use Your Script and Storyboard to Build a Moviep. 183
Assembling a Movie Is a Drag (Literally)p. 184
11 Smoothing the Digital Flow with Transitionsp. 189
Smooth the Flowp. 189
Add Transitions to Your Moviep. 191
Pick a Transition, But Not Just Any Transitionp. 191
Preview and Adjust Itp. 192
Place It and Update Itp. 194
Watch Your Moviep. 198
Fade to Blackp. 198
Part IV Making the Magic Happenp. 199
12 Titling Provided by... Youp. 201
Titling Is More than Just a Bunch of Textp. 201
iMovie Title Stylesp. 202
iMovie Title Toolsp. 204
How to Add Titles to Your Moviesp. 206
Now Add Some Titles to Your Moviep. 208
Start from the Back--Add Creditsp. 208
Explain Something with a Captionp. 210
Introduce Your Movie with a Titlep. 213
13 My, Aren't These Effects Special...p. 215
This Clip Would Look Even Better in Reversep. 215
These Effects Are Indeed Specialp. 216
Effects You Will Learn to Lovep. 217
Make Your New Video Look Oldp. 218
Sharpen That Clip!p. 221
Making the World a Prettier Placep. 221
Walking on a Timeline (Viewer)p. 223
The Two-Bit Tourp. 223
Hitting the Afterburner (or the Speed Brakes)p. 225
14 There Is No Quiet on an iMovie Set (Adding Sound Effects and Narration)p. 227
They Don't Call Them Talkies for Nothingp. 227
Use the Sound that Came with Your Movie--Or Notp. 230
Mute Itp. 230
It's All Relativep. 231
Fading Awayp. 233
Edit the Soundp. 234
Play Dentist and Extract that Soundp. 234
Make Your Movie Bark, Meow, and Other Odd Thingsp. 237
Lend Your Voice (or Someone Else's) to Your Moviep. 239
Don't Be Satisfied with What Comes Naturally--Add and Use Your Own Sound Effectsp. 242
Put a Submarine in Your Moviep. 242
Make a QuickTime Movie Sound Track Your Ownp. 244
15 Being John Williams (Adding a Music Score to Your Movie)p. 245
Making Beautiful Musicp. 245
Of the Audio 2 Track and Audio Palettep. 245
Where Is That Music Coming From?p. 246
Stay Out of Jail Free Cardp. 247
Add Music from a CDp. 247
Find the Perfect Tunep. 248
Record the Trackp. 248
Edit the Music to Make It Just Rightp. 249
AIF and Youp. 250
Sources of AIF Musicp. 250
Import an AIF Filep. 252
Edit the AIF Clipp. 252
I Want My MP3!p. 252
Part V Finishing Up and Moving On...p. 255
17 Leaving Bits and Bytes on the Cutting Room Floorp. 257
Give Your Movie Two Thumbs Up (or Two Thumbs Down)p. 257
Be Your Own Best Criticp. 259
Send in the Critics!p. 261
Hack Until It Hurtsp. 261
18 Great Art Demands to Be Seen (Distributing Your Masterpiece to the World)p. 265
Getting Your Movie Out Therep. 265
Distributing Your Movie on a Videotapep. 266
Recording Your Movie on Your Camcorderp. 267
Transferring Your Movie to Videotapep. 269
Distributing Your Movie for Viewing on a Computerp. 270
Record It for All Time on a CDp. 272
Send It by Emailp. 276
Show It Over the Webp. 279
19 iMovie Resources on the Netp. 285
Great iMovie Web Sitesp. 285
The Big One: Apple's iMovie Home on the Webp. 286
The Second Big One: Apple's QuickTime Web Sitep. 290
Other Useful Pagesp. 291
Use the Internet to Download and Use Cool iMovie Resourcesp. 293
Downloading Free iMovie Resources Is as Easy as a Clickp. 293
Prepping the Filesp. 294
Installing and Using iMovie Resources Is a Snap (or Should that Be Click?)p. 295
Other DV Internet Resourcesp. 297
Some Newsgroups That Might (or Might Not) Be Usefulp. 297
Expand Your iMovie World with Mailing Listsp. 298
A Creating a Slideshow That Is Not Soporificp. 299
Creating Slideshows to Keep Your Audience Awakep. 300
Capturing Your Images--There's More Than One Way to Go Digitalp. 300
Using a Digital Camera Is a Lot of Funp. 300
Using a Scanner Isn't Very Hardp. 302
Format Your Filesp. 304
Make a Resolutionp. 305
Prep Those Filesp. 307
Importing Your Images Is Easier than Importing Carsp. 311
Make a Projectp. 311
Get in the Importing Businessp. 312
Creating a Masterpiece for Fun or Profitp. 312
A Slideshow Is a Moviep. 312
The Steps Applyp. 314
Beating the Systemp. 314
Create the Audio Trackp. 317
Join Themp. 318
Indexp. 333