Whether you consider yourself a pro or a hobbyist, you have to admit that Apple's iMovie 08 and iDVD 08 are amazing right out of the box. Unfortunately, the box doesn't include much of a user's guide, so learning about these applications is another matter. "iMovie 08 & iDVD: The Missing Manual" gets you up to speed on all of the themes, motion graphics, titles, effects - everything that lets you turn raw digital footage into highly creative video projects. You get crystal-clear and jargon-free explanations of all the iMovie 08 and iDVD 08 features, including the new video library, how to view transitions, titles, and sound in real time as you add them, and ways to publish your creations directly to YouTube.Renowned author David Pogue - tech columnist for the "New York Times" - uses an objective lens to scrutinize every step of process, including how to: work on multiple iMovie projects at once and drag & drop clips among them; output your creation to a blog, its own web page, or as a video podcast with iWeb; use "Magic iMovie" to import your video and make a movie for you; integrate with other iLife programs to use songs, photos, and an original sound track; and a whole lot more.
From choosing and using a digital camcorder to burning the finished work onto DVDs, posting it online, or creating versions for iPod and iPhone, "iMovie 08 & iDVD: The Missing Manual" zooms right in on the details in a concise and understandable manner. The book also provides a firm grounding in basic film technique so that the quality of your video won't rely entirely on magic.
David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. With 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music); in 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 30 titles.David and his wife Jennifer Pogue, MD, live in Connecticut with their three young children. His web site is www.davidpogue.com.