People are starting to make their own digital movies like never before, and what better way to deliver them than on DVD. The sales of digital camcorders have been explosive, and DVD is established firmly as a consumer medium, with some retailers no longer carrying VHS tapes. But typical video editing or DVD authoring can involve some complex and intimidating topics, such as MPEG-2 encoding, frame rates, and file size considerations.
Enter Apple, with the powerful yet friendly iMovie program, which ships with every Mac. Apple makes the process of making movies fun, and after establishing a reputation with iMovie, Apple has raised the bar with iDVD, bringing the power of DVD to the home.
Sams Teach Yourself iMovie and iDVD in 24 Hours teaches readers new to digital movies and DVD everything they need to know to begin making their own digital productions. It provides them a solid foundation in the concepts of digital video and DVD, giving them a sense of satisfaction to understand the process. And it equips them with the skills they need, without confusing them or hitting them over the head with complexity.
Hour 1. Understanding Digital Video.
Pixels. Screen Size. Frame Rate. Compression. Timecode. Summary. Workshop.
Apple's FireWire Innovation Makes It Possible. Basic Stages: Shoot, Edit, Enhance, Share. Which Version of iMovie Do I Have? iMovie System Requirements. Hard Drive Space. Optimizing Your Hard Drive. Summary. Workshop.
iMovie Monitor. Shelf. Timeline Viewer. Clip Viewer. Other Important Controls. Importing Video. Moving Around in a Clip. Making Basic Edits. Summary. Workshop.
Understanding the Clip Viewer. Previewing Clips. Enhancing Clips with Transitions. Summary. Workshop.
Connecting Camcorders. Working with Video. Capturing Video. Summary. Workshop.
Adding and Deleting Clips. Adjusting Clips. Summary. Workshop.
Choosing a Way to Share Your iMovie. Making Videotapes from iMovie. Emailing iMovies. Putting iMovies on the Web. Burning iMovies to CD. Putting iMovies on DVD. Summary. Workshop.
Transitions. Working with Transitions. Summary. Workshop.
Effects. Sample Effect-Brightness & Contrast. Working with Effects. Summary. Workshop.
Titles. Adjusting Titles. Adding Titles. Summary. Workshop.
Photos and iMovie. Importing into iPhoto. Adding Photos to iMovie. Still Images and Duration. Still Images, Effects, and Transitions. Summary. Workshop.
Sound in iMovie. Working with Audio. Other iMovie Audio Sources. Summary. Workshop.
How DVD Video Works. Preparing Digital Video for DVD. Importing Digital Video into iDVD. Encoding DVD Video. Burning DVD Video. The SuperDrive DVD Burner. Summary. Workshop.
DVD Players. DVD Menus. Advanced DVD Features. How iDVD Fits into the DVD Picture. Summary. Workshop.
DVD Storage Capacity. Recordable DVDs. Manufactured DVDs. Rewritable DVDs. Purchasing the Right Blank DVD Discs. DVD-ROM Content-Adding Computer Files on a DVD. Summary. Workshop.
The DVD Creation Revolution. Basic Features. iDVD Capabilities. System Requirements. Summary. Workshop.
Preparing the DVD Project. Importing Files. Burning Your DVD. Customizing the DVD Project. Adding More Screens. Summary. Workshop.
DVD Menus. DVD Titles. DVD Buttons-Video and Text. DVD Folders (Adding Multiple Screens). Summary. Workshop.
Customizing Backgrounds. Customizing Titles. Customizing Buttons. Summary. Workshop.
Understanding Slideshows. Slideshow Options. Working with Slides. Summary. Workshop.
Considering Multiple Screens. Setting Up the Project. Adding Final Details and Testing. Summary. Workshop.
Considering Event DVDs. Setting Up the Project. Summary. Workshop.
Considering Short Movie DVDs. Setting Up the Project. Reviewing and Previewing. Summary. Workshop.
iMovie and Final Cut Pro-Similarities and Differences. An Approach to Learning Digital Video-Fun, Profit, Nonprofit. Introduction to DVD Studio Pro. Differences Between iDVD and DVD Studio Pro. Advanced DVD Features. Adjustable Video Encoding (MPEG-2). Putting Together a DVD in DVD Studio Pro. Summary. Workshop.
Lighting. Exposure. Image Stabilization. Video Vocabulary-Framing Shots. Focus. Zooming.
Manufacturing Discs. Additional Possibilities.