Book Review: How to Do Everything with iMovie 2

How to Do Everything with iMovie 2, by Tony Reveaux and Gene Steinberg. 402 pp. Osborne/McGraw Hill, 2002. $24.99.

If you’re ready to go beyond the basics with iMovie 2 , How to Do Everything with iMovie 2 is an excellent choice. Veteran Mac author Gene Steinberg teams with writer, teacher and film consultant Tony Reveaux to provide the detailed and practical information you’ll need to plan, shoot and edit like a pro. You’ll also learn how to prepare your finished iMovie for email or posting on the Web, how to export to DV tape, VHS, CD-ROM or QuickTime, and how to transfer videos to DVD with iDVD 2.

The book begins by laying out the world of movie possibilities from home movies to documentaries, training films and experimental videos, then guides you through setting up your personal DV studio. The authors explain how to configure and optimize your FireWire Mac for the OS 9 and OS X versions of iMovie, and what camera and equipment features are most important. The book is extensively illustrated with black and white photos, drawings and screen shots; gadget freaks will drool over the accessories, from LaCie pocket drives to portable lighting kits, reflectors and microphones of all description.
The Creating iMovies section takes you from concept (how to make a video sketch and write a treatment) to techniques for using your camera, capturing the shot, working with exposure and lighting, and recording sound. The sections on editing and advanced editing techniques include ways to expand your sources with photos, scanned images, vintage film footage and even webcams. An appendix cites a number of web sites as internet references and sources of further inspiration.

The book is sufficiently hot off the press to include photos of flat panel iMacs and screen shots from the Spiderman movie trailer, and to recommend the DVD of Star Wars: Episode 1 for its “revelation of many basic and advanced production techniques.” Highly recommended for the intermediate iMovie filmmaker, and for the beginner with Aspirations.

– Elsa Travisano
Copyright ©2002 by Elsa Travisano. This article originally appeared in the June 2002 issue of Newsbreak, the newsletter of MUG ONE - Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY.