iMovie 4 & iDVD: The Missing Manual

Author: David Pogue
Publisher: O’Reilly
ISBN: 0596006934
504 pages, $24.95 US

iLife ’04 comes with deliciously polished editions of both iMovie and iDVD–complete with new tools, new techniques, and even new menus–and this witty, authoritative, updated guide to the software is really three books in one: it’s the artistic filmmaking background people wish they had (including advice on lighting, sound, and composition as well as how to actually put all those buttons on the modern camcorder to use); it’s the technical grounding and the tools and tricks people need to take advantage of each and every feature of iMovie; and it’s the thorough iDVD guide to making Hollywood-style (and maybe even Hollywood-worthy) DVDs.