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About the Author

David Pogue 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. With 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes more than 100 titles.

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" (www.unlockingimovie.com), his own little way of trying to make the Mac world a better place.

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Product Details

  • Series: Missing Manuals
  • Paperback: 542 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (April 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449393276
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449393274
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Pogue is the founder of YahooTech.com, having been groomed for the position by 13 years as the technology columnist for the New York Times. He's also a monthly columnist for Scientific American, host of science shows on PBS's "NOVA," frequent public speaker, and a science/tech correspondent for "CBS Sunday Morning."

With over 3 million books in print, David is 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 complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 120 titles. Having discovered that so many people don't know some of the most fundamental tech techniques on their tech gadgets, he set out in 2014 to write "Pogue's Basics," a single book that attempts to be the driver's ed course for technology.

David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. He's won two Emmy awards, two Webby awards, a Loeb award for journalism, and an honorary doctorate in music. He's been profiled on "48 Hours" and "60 Minutes." He lives in Connecticut with his wife and three children.

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112 of 115 people found the following review helpful By Tenna Merchent on May 27, 2011
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I thought this book was okay at best. I purchased it to learn iMovie for our business. It did not meet my needs, and I am going to go in search of another.

The authors are obviously very informed on the subject, they often referred to earlier generations of iMovie, which honestly didn't interest me at all, and I felt often just confused the issues.

I didn't feel like they explained editing at all. They said you could edit in the project window, if you hadn't edited in the event window, but they hadn't explained how to edit in the event window!

I thought their explanation on page 100 of how to use the Clip trimmer was awful.
"In the trim window, the yellow border shows which piece of the clip you're using in your movie. The extra, thin yellow borders show you what bits the transitions use on either end of the clip. The darkened portions are the ones you've so far eliminated. Above the trimmer window, the arrow between two lines plays your selection. The left and right arrows refocus the clip trimmer on the project clip that comes just before or after the current clip."
There was a picture, but it wasn't clear or big enough to show all these complicated descriptions.

Then a little over half way through the book it stops talking about producing iMovie, and goes into exporting and DVDs. There was a large section in the beginning of the book on importing too. I wish they had spent more time, details, and well-done illustrations on the hard part, which is editing.

I finally found iLife '11 Portable Genius. While it is in theory a broader subject book, it is much more helpful when it comes to iMovie.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Joe Colantonio on July 7, 2011
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Overall, I liked iMovie 11 & iDVD. Being a newbie to iMovie I feel the first couple of chapters really helped me understand the basic functionality of the software.
The book is jam packed with useful info, and I can definitely see myself using it as a reference resource. The book is basically divided into three main parts:

Part One - Covers the basics, including importing footage into iMovie, editing clips, adding effects like music and titles, etc.
Part Two- Once your movie is edited, the authors show you step by step how to export your movie in all of the available formats.
Part Three - Explains how to use iDVD, and how to burn your movie to DVD.

The book also contains appendices full of reference material on subjects such as the iMovie menu commands, how to troubleshot common issues, and cheat sheets.
You can tell that the author really knows his stuff, yet the book is easy to read, and includes helpful picture demonstrations.

After reading Part One, I was able to take what I'd learned and create a successful intro to my blog videos. If you're an iMovie newbie like I am, I believe this book
is all you'll need to jump into the fray; more advanced users, however, may want to look elsewhere for the next level of instruction.

If the title of this book is any indication of what the authors were setting out to convey, I feel they were quite successful - it truly is the "missing manual" that should have come with iMovie.
Note: I received a free copy of this book as part of the O'Reilly Blogger Review program.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Hebard on February 2, 2012
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Yes, Apple makes some great products. The Imac that I purchased not too long ago came equipped with "ilife 11", which includes photo editing (iphoto) and video editing (imovie) software. But as "the missing manual" reference books' authors proclaim, there should have been an instruction manual in the box [that my Mac came in}. No joke! Sheee! I don't know about you, but at 64 yoa, I simply cannot learn this kind of software by flipping back and forth between Apple Support On-line help and the program on my Mac screen. I need something that I can easily read, make notes on, highlight content, Etc., while applying what I read towards hands on experience with the software program that I am trying to learn. Thanks to David Pogue, Aaron Miller, and staff, I was able to do just that and learn the substantial capabilities of "imovie" and "idvd" through their manual entitled "imovie '11 and idvd" in a surprisingly minimal amount of time. Likewise, their other (missing) manuals which cover other topics are well written. If you are facing a similar dilemma, I have no reservations recommending this instruction manual to you (regardless of age). Additionally, the humorous manner in which the book is written will keep you smiling.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Nelson on July 5, 2011
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Yes, it's the book that should have been in the box (IMovie 11 and iDVD, the Missing Manual). Why wasn't it? The i-Movie user is left adrift using just the on-line "help" options or the how-to videos, both sources being helpful to beginners. But after that? You need the book!

What I wish is that the book (and others like it) would begin with three or four chapters just for the pure beginner, walking through the basics under each category: importing your video, editing your project, and finally sharing the finished project. As it is, the novice quickly gets bogged down in details about all that this powerful program can do, many of features being way beyond the scope and ambitions of the amateur videographer. Then the following chapters could go into depth (as they do now) for advanced videographers.

All is explained very clearly in this manual, using diagrams and windows that the user will encounter. I'm glad I discovered there was such a self-help book!
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