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iMovie 2 For Dummies Paperback – 15 Feb 2001

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Editing videotape, once upon a time, was outside the range of what home-movie buffs could hope to do. Now that iMovie 2 is around, Macintosh users have a much better option. iMovie 2 for Dummies explains how late-model Mac, iMac and iBook computer users can download video from their camcorders to their computers via a FireWire multimedia link, then edit the raw footage for remarkably professional results. Todd Stauffer is a long-time Mac writer and he communicates the fun of making films on the Mac in this book.

As you would expect, iMovie 2 for Dummies does a super job of explaining how to accomplish tasks in the iMovie 2 environment--look for precise directions on adding titles, overlaying narration, chopping up audio clips and doing all the other technical work associated with assembling a film. The Dummies format emphasises text descriptions of what to do over the illustrations in the Visual QuickStart Guide series--both approaches are effective. Experienced film makers will appreciate the discussion of the iMovie interface; novices will like the ideas about how to make films more appealing and technically clean. --David Wall

Topics covered:

  • The iMovie 2 editing program for digital video on computers running Mac OS
  • Importing video
  • Editing
  • Transitions
  • Audio
  • Special effects
  • Video exports

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QuickTime movies and more on CD–ROM

Get hot tips on adding special effects, animations, and more

Lights! Camera! Action! Your fun and easy guide to making DV movies Apple's iMovie 2 gives you the tools you need to produce professional–quality digital videos — but you still need to get up to speed on shooting, editing, and post–production essentials. That's where this friendly guide comes in. Packed with plain–English explanations and lively examples, it shows you step–by–step how to craft an Oscar–worthy production. all this on the bonus CD–ROM QuickTime movies that illustrate techniques from the book GraphicConverter Demo version of SmartSound QuickTime System requirements: PowerPC G3 or higher processor; Mac OS 9 (Mac OS 9.0.4 recommended, some of these applications may not work correctly in the Classic environment within Mac OS X.); 64 MB of RAM; CD–ROM drive; FireWire ports. Plus leading Internet and multimedia tools

Discover how to: Select the right digital camcorder Control lighting and record sound like a pro Enhance your movie with editing and post–production tricks Add QuickTime special effects Distribute iMovies on CD or the Web

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Includes a good CD demo 22 Nov 2001
By Bakari Chavanu - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have two other iMovie2 books, but I put out the money for this one because not only does it contains quite a few other techniques not found in other books, but because the attached CD comes only with sample movie clips of camera and editing techniques discussed in the book. It also includes among other things shareware and demo software like Adobe After Effects, sound effect utilities, graphic converter, MoviEffects to use with QT movies.
I wouldn't say this is the best iMovie2 book, but the author does a good job outlining, laying out, and explaining editing procedures and techniques. It's not that iMovie2 is a difficult program to learn or use, but it's just that books like these provide insightful strategies that enable you to get more out of the program. I certaintly recommend this book for first time and intermediate users of iMovie2.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I like it 23 July 2001
By Eric Flescher - Published on
Format: Paperback
I like the way the book is written and it's style. It is informative and comprehensive and details the commands and all the operation from installation to making your movies. Covers all the features and much more including getting edtra plugins, movie management, memory issues and much more. The only part I though confusing is the wording in the section on cropping your movie. Very misleading these operations don't seem to , in part , work the way the books says. While the book has good instructions and visuals, I wished it would have included more screen shots and possibly highlight the commands it mentions in the visuals through arrows or something. I also wished the book covered about doing and creating movies longer then a few minutes. It covers movies but does not say anything about movies of any length other then more you make the nmore room it takes up. I like it . If you have imovie you will find it useful.
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