Now Available! iMovie ’08 & iDVD ’08 Visual QuickStart Guide

I received my first author copy last week, but now I’m thrilled to announce that the new iMovie ’08 & iDVD ’08 Visual QuickStart Guide is now available!

Due to Apple’s decision to scrap the old iMovie HD and write a completely new iMovie ’08 from scratch, much of the book has been rewritten to accommodate the many changes in the new software. Although I at first wrote off iMovie ’08 as “iMovie Lite,”, I soon learned that this little editor has a lot more depth than most people suspected.

For example, this full color edition of the book includes an entirely new chapter on managing video, which digs into iMovie’s advanced keyword features, managing Events, working with rejected footage, and rescuing video using Time Machine in Leopard. I’ve also added a chapter that deals with creating DVD chapter markers, a feature Apple removed from iMovie ’08. And because this version of the program is designed for quick editing, I’ve written a brand new chapter called Make a Movie in a Hurry that whips you through the entire editing process, from importing video to publishing the movie online, to get you up and running even faster.

Amazon currently sells the book for only $20.08. (And you can still receive it in time for Christmas!) Here’s the blurb that accompanies the item:

This full-color, amply illustrated, accessible book teaches readers the essential skills necessary for creating compelling movies with iMovie 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. He begins by introducing readers to essential preproduction skills: selecting a camera, choosing the right kind of light source for your needs, creating a storyboard to plan your shots, understanding how timecode works, and more. From there, the rest of the book explains the basics of importing, editing, and exporting your video to the Web or DVD. Along the way, this comprehensive reference covers everything from choosing iMovie themes, adding transition and audio effects, creating video podcasts and blogs, and much more. New features in iMovie ’08 and iDVD ’08 include a brand-new interface that lets users create a movie intuitively and quickly; expanded format support; an easy-to-browse library that automatically organizes your video clips; and the ability to publish your movie to the Web on your .Mac homepage or directly to YouTube. Or, send your movie to iTunes so you can watch it on an iPhone, Apple TV, or iPod.

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