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iMovie '09 & iDVD The Missing Manual


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Authors: Davie Pogue & Aaron Miller
Publisher: O’Reilly Media/ Pogue Press
464 pages $39.99
ISBN: 978-0-596-80141-0

I could not have made my first movie without iMovie ’09 & iDVD The Missing Manual.

I am now 80 years old, and learning something new. My wife has been ice skating for 63 years, and had never seen herself skate. She had her second knee replaced, and it would be wonderful if she could show her surgeon how she could skate on her new knee.

It took almost a week using iMovie ’09 & iDVD The Missing Manual to learn enough and create the first movie of my wife and myself ice skating. It took less time to create a second movie of my wife skating. She had some ideas for improving it. It only took one day to shoot the ice skating that she wanted to show the surgeon, and create that movie of her skating. She was thrilled, and we hope her surgeon will also be thrilled.

If an 80 year old can use iMovie ’09 & iDVD The Missing Manual to make movies, you can too.

iMovie ’09 & iDVD The Missing Manual covers a lot more than iMovie and iDVD because it takes a lot more than iMovie to make a movie.

First the book covers the advantages of different camcorders past and present as well as the different ways you import videos from them. I wasted time here trying to find out how to import from my digital camera into iMusic. Later I found the indexed reference to iPhoto Videos which explained they are imported into iPhoto and how iMusic uses them from there.

Next iMovie ’09 & iDVD The Missing Manual clearly covers the concept of movie projects, and of events which contain source footage. Then it covers building the movie by reviewing (skimming) your clips, selecting and editing the good stuff, adding the good stuff to your project in the storyboard, and using the editing tools. There was too much to learn all at once. I selected the portions of the information in the manual that I needed to do what I needed to do when I needed it. I found the information I needed to select and insert transitions, run stabilization analysis, and to add titles. I used just a little of the information in chapters about Narration, Music, and Sound, and about photos, to import background music from iTunes and add stills from iPhoto for the beginning and ending.

You could become an expert by learning all there is in iMovie & iDVD The Missing Manual, but not in one month.

Part two covers getting your finished movie to your audience. Using iMovie ’09 & iDVD The Missing Manual it was a snap for me to export to iTunes and from there to our iPods, to export to YouTube and MobileMe. It was also easy to create QuickTime versions of my movies and to burn the movies to a CD. There is more in the book about QuickTime and the Quicktime Player that I want to learn.

Part three covers iDVD ’09. I will use it to create and burn a DVD containing my movies and slide shows. As with iMovie, I will not need to learn to be an expert, but based upon my experience with the iMovie ’09 portion of iMovie ’09 & iDVD The Missing Manual, I am sure you could use it to become an expert.

OReillyBanner120x240I highly recommend iMovie ’09 & iDVD The Missing Manual. Aaron Miller has written an excellent ’09 update. He makes light reading of what could be a heavy subject, but without forcing David Pogue’s natural humor.

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