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  • Copyright 2002
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-201-78788-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-201-78788-7

iMovie 2 is the latest version of the easy-to-use movie editing software that has encouraged so many Mac users to make their own desktop movies. iMovie 2 offers powerful new moviemaking tools, the ability to work with more video footage, and new visual, sound, and titling effects that let users create movies in even more visually interesting ways.

iMovie 2 for Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide covers the basics of working with iMovie - shooting and capturing footage, viewing clips, editing and working in the iMovie timeline; using special effects and transitions; adding sound, music, titles, and narration, and more. These step-by-step lessons are illustrated with hundreds of screenshots, making it easy for readers to walk through each task. This Visual QuickStart Guide can be used as a tutorial for users completely new to iMovie, while readers already familiar with the software can use this guide as a handy reference. This book is great for teachers, students, hobbyists, corporate users, aspiring filmmakers, and anyone interested in creating their own movies.

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 1. The Digital Camcorder.
 2. Composition and Coverage.
 3. The Camera in Motion.
 4. Lighting.
 5. Capturing Audio.


 6. IMovie Overview.
 7. Importing Footage.
 8. Editing Video.
 9. Editing Audio.
10. Transitions.
11. Titles.
12. Effects.


13. Moving Back to Tape.
14. QuickTime and the Web.
15. Exporting to DVD.
Appendix A. Transitions Gallery.
Appendix B. Titles Gallery.
Appendix C. Effects Gallery.
Appendix D. Resources.


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Page 138, Figure 13.4: The callouts need to be swapped. The callout on the left should be Fade Out, the callout on the right should be Fade In.

The new caption for Figure 13.4 should be:
Combining a Fade Out and a Fade In transition elegantly bridges these two long segments.

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