The missing manual series of guidebooks are the most interesting, colorful and well written technical how-to books you can find. iMovie ’11 & iDVD: The Missing Manual, written by David Pogue (NYT technology columnist) and Aaron Miller (author of the blog Unlocking iMovie) is probably one of the best of the bunch, and that is really saying something.
The introduction to this manual alone was one of the most informative introductions I’ve ever read. I learned:
- About the birth of home movie editing and the history of iMove
- 10 Things you can do with iMovie
- A tremendous amount about camcorders
- What to expect from the rest of the book and where to get more information
iMovie & iDVD: The Missing Manual is divided into three parts:
1. Using iMovie to Edit – The most important part of the book. Includes, transferring your video into iMovie, editing clips, putting them into a timeline, adding fades and titles, editing your soundtrack and much more.
2. Finding Your Audience – How to bring your completed video to the world (or selected friends and family) – You can easily export your film to the web, to YouTube, an iPhone, Apple TV, a QuickTime file, your hard drive or to an iDVD for burning. All of these options are explained.
3. Using iDVD – Although iDVD is an extremely easy to use DVD design and burning software, you will get all types of additional advice.
I know that many of you think you don’t need a manual to do anything on a computer. You will either figure it out or look up advice online. However, iMovie ’11 & iDVD: The Missing Manual is much more than just a How-To book. If you’ve read any of David Pogue’s columns in the New York Times, you know that it is a joy just to read what he writes. iMovie ’11 & ‘iDVD: The Missing Manual is a very interesting and entertaining look at iMovie ’11 and what it can do.