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May 1, 2009

iMovie '09 & iDVD: The Missing Manual--New from O'Reilly: A Complete Course in Film Editing and DVD Design

Sebastopol, CA—Bursting with new features, Apple's iMovie '09 is vastly more usable and complete than iMovie '08--amazing right out of the box. But the box doesn't include a good user's guide, so learning these applications is another matter. iMovie '09 & iDVD: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly Media, $39.99 USD) gets you up to speed on everything you need to turn raw digital footage into highly creative video projects.

This book is designed to serve as the iMovie/iDVD manual, as many of the best techniques aren't covered in the only "manual" you get with iLife--its electronic help screens. iMovie '09 & iDVD: The Missing Manual explores each iMovie feature in depth, offers illustrated catalogs of the various title and transition effects, offers shortcuts and workarounds, and unearths features that the online help doesn't even mention.

You get crystal-clear, jargon-free explanations of iMovie's new video effects, slow & fast motion, advanced drag & drop, video stabilization, and 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 '09 & iDVD: The Missing Manual helps you zoom right in on the details and stay competitive in your field.

  • Editing Basics. iMovie '09 teems with speed tips, hidden features, and powerful shortcuts. This book covers them all--even the alpha-channel title trick.
  • Stunning Effects. iMovie '09 can take shaky, boring footage and make it look smooth and professional. Learn how to make the most of your movie's potential.
  • Finding an audience. Export your masterpieces to the Web (YouTube, MobileMe, or your own site), an AppleTV, an iPod, or even your iPhone.
  • Mastering DVDs. iDVD lets you distribute your movies on Hollywood-style DVDs up to four hours long--in widescreen, if you like.

Whether you plan to make the next indie hit or just better home movies, this book will let you marry the stunning quality of digital video with the power of your imagination.

For a review copy or more information please email maryr@oreilly.com. Please include your delivery address and contact information.

Aaron Miller is a part-time lawyer, part-time professor, and runs a software company serving nonprofit organizations. In all of his spare time, he authors the blog "Unlocking iMovie" (http://www.unlockingimovie.com) his own little way of trying to make the Mac world a better place.

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. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And 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 amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.

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For more information about the book, including table of contents, index, author bios, and cover graphic, see: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596801410

iMovie '09 and iDVD: The Missing Manual
David Pogue, Aaron Miller
ISBN: 9780596801410, 463 pages, Book Price: $39.99 USD, £30.99 GBP
PDF Price: $31.99 USD

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