iMovie 09 and iDVD for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide (Anglais) Broché – 21 mai 2009
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This full-color, amply illustrated, accessible book teaches readers the essential skills necessary for creating compelling movies with iMovie '09 and iDVD, Apple's consumer-friendly digital movie and DVD-burning software applications. Readers can follow the step-by-step instructions from the beginning to get a tour of the applications or look up specific tasks to learn just what they need to know. Longtime Macintosh and technology writer Jeff Carlson takes extra steps to ensure that readers understand all of the key aspects of digital movie making.
- Easy visual approach uses pictures to guide you through iMovie '09 and iDVD (and how they interact with the other iLife ’09 applications) and show you what to do.
- Concise steps and explanations let you get up and running in no time.
- Page for page, the best content and value around.
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The book starts off with the essentials of movie making on your Mac, discussing important topics such as AV equipment, movie planning, lighting and composition. These preliminary chapters are an absolute gem. While I've worked with iMovie before, I never really understood the essentials of lighting, focus, and composition. A great iMovie starts out with the fundamentals and the first five chapters of the book are devoted to just this.
Next, the book gives you a "Make a Movie in a Hurry" overview of iMovie so you can quickly complete a task and have some initial success. Then, the author goes in detail about iMovie in a logical progression as to how the typical project would go: importing, editing, and exporting. Throughout the chapters the author includes tips and tricks not just about the usage of iMovie, but why a user should care about certain functions. Knowing all the features of iMovie doesn't really help unless you know how to use them in your projects to enhance your work. After reading this book, I understood much more of the power of iMovie and how to use the features of iMovie to make better movies.
Ironically, what's missing from the book is a guide to iDVD. One small chapter is devoted to iDVD and then the author directs you to his website for another 60 or so pages of iDVD info: [...] That's my major con of the book: the title is extremely misleading. This is NOT a book about iDVD, it's strictly about iMovie. I can't imagine why the book was titled and distributed the way it was.
Pros: Easy to understand, accessible
Cons: No iDVD printed materials in book
Yet to master this book, but it looks pretty good by the samples I've seen.
Although the book is well laid out, with excellent colour photos and plenty of screen shot examples, I immediately stumbled upon a major problem which this book could not help me with. I have hooked my Sony video cam up to my Mac, and come hell or high water, I cannot get iMovie to capture video from the camera.
The chapter in this book does not provide a trouble shooting section of what do if when you hit the capture button, and capture for three minutes, nothing is actually captured to your Mac during the capture. Nada.
So what I did was go back to the store, I spent $200 on Final Cut Express .. and had no problem at all capturing the footage to my Mac... without using any book!
So my conclusion is that this book did not properly provide me with the information I needed to successfully capture footage from iMovie. It was a waste of my money, and I will not be using the book or iMovie any more. Thumbs down.
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