Sebastopol, CA--You've probably seen it a hundred times by now: actor Jeff
Goldblum dancing and twirling before the plain white background-at times in
slow motion, at others accompanied by a perky musical tune, but always talking
a mile a minute. It's the latest prime-time TV commercial from Apple, and Jeff
is pitching the niftiness of the new iMovie 2 software for the iMac-a beefed up
version of iMovie, formerly downloadable free from the Apple website. But you
want the new version, so you rush out and buy the software (or download it from
the Apple site for $49), dreaming about the moment when you'll unveil the
holiday-video-turned-feature-motion-picture to the thundering applause of your
But wait a minute. There was no manual included. Only minimal online
instructions. Now what? Well, you can either sit down and spend your precious
time figuring out all the different features-or you can get the latest O'Reilly
book iMovie 2: The
Missing Manual (Pogue, US $19.95).
You sigh. You don't want to read a dry, technical manual to learn your fun,
creative video-editing software. Well, you don't have to. David Pogue wrote it.
And as always, he has combined his keen sense of humor and considerable brains
to pack all the necessary information onto each page while at the same time
making the book a witty and entertaining read.
iMovie: The Missing Manual-the companion book to the free version of
iMovie-released in May 2000 and became an instant bestseller, requiring two
reprints in three months and earning rave five-star reviews on Amazon.com. The
book's philosophy: giving someone iMovie without teaching basic film technique
is like giving a map to a teenager without teaching him to drive.
David Pogue says: "iMovie 2 has been dramatically improved-it's really a
wonderful program now. By making it possible to perform J-edits, L-edits, video
overlays, slow-, fast-, and reverse-motion, and so on, anyone can create
extremely professional results.
Yet there are also several features in iMovie 2 that make you scratch your
head, wondering what the point is. As it turns out, each of these features was
designed in response to a very specific situation or video-editing problem-but
unfortunately, the paltry online help doesn't give you a clue."
That's where iMovie 2:
The Missing Manual steps in. Far deeper and more detailed than the
meager set of online help screens, the book helps iMovie users realize the
software's true potential. It covers every step of iMovie video production,
from choosing and using a digital camcorder, to burning the finished work onto
CDs. It excels in guiding the user through all the new features: the option of
inserting new video over a continuous audio track; the elimination of the cap
on the number of raw clips from which to choose scenes; nifty special effects;
brightness and contrast adjustments; greater typographical flexibility; and a
far more useful and complete audio-track editor.
David Pogue's new iMovie 2: The Missing Manual will take you from Steven
Spielberg wannabe to producer extraordinaire in just under 400 pages.
About David Pogue:
David Pogue, creator of the
Missing Manual Series, is
the world's best-selling Macintosh author. His 15 books include
Mac OS 9:The Missing
Manual, The iMac for Dummies, and
PalmPilot: The Ultimate
Guide. He writes the "State of the Art" column for the New York Times,
and the Computer Press Association award-winning "Desktop Critic" column for
Macworld magazine. His computer students include Mia Farrow, Carly Simon, and
Harry Connick, Jr.
iMovie 2: The Missing
By David Pogue
ISBN 0-596-00104-5, 400 pages, $19.95 US
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