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Peachpit Press is a division of Pearson Education

Copyright © 2005 by Jeff Carlson

Editor: Nancy Davis
Production Coordinators: Myrna Vladic, Jeff Sargent
Composition: Jeff Carlson
Copyediting: Agen Schmitz, Liane Thomas
Illustrations: Jeff Tolbert, Jeff Carlson
Cover Design: The Visual Group
Cover Production: George Mattingly / GMD
Indexer: Caroline Parks

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Notice of liability

The information in this book is distributed on an “As is” basis, without warranty. While every precaution has been taken in the preparation of this book, neither the author nor Peachpit Press shall have any liability to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by the instructions contained in this book or by the computer software and hardware products described herein.


Visual QuickStart Guide is a registered trademark of Peachpit Press, a division of Pearson Education. iMovie, iTunes, iDVD, iLife, iPhoto, Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, GarageBand, and DVD Studio Pro are trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Throughout this book, trademarks are used. Rather than put a trademark symbol with every occurrence of a trademark name, we state we are using the names in an editorial fashion only and to the benefit of the trademark owner with no intention of infringement of the trademark. No such use, or the use of any trade name, is intended to convey endorsement or other affiliation with this book.

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To Leonard, whose one-month film class at Whitworth instilled in me an appreciation of movies beyond mere popcorn entertainment.

And to my sister Lisa, ever encouraging and cheerful.

Special Thanks to:

Nancy Davis, for knowing when to ask, “How are you doing?” and making the author's end of producing a book much easier.

Agen G. N. Schmitz, who turns around pages in record time and quietly saves my neck on many occasions.

Liane Thomas, for not hesitating to jump into the project when asked, and for her razor-sharp editing eyes.

Caroline Parks, for producing the index in such a way that I didn't have to ask about it or worry about its status. As with the other indexes she's created for me, it just appeared like magic, fully formed and ready to go.

Myrna Vladic and Jeff Sargent, for shepherding the production process.

Jeff Tolbert, for updating my embarassing line drawings of computer and video equipment, and for creating the lighting renderings in Chapter 4.

Don Sellers, for getting me up to speed with shooting, lighting, sound, composition, and providing a real-world reference.

Derick Mains, Paul Towner, and Keri Walker at Apple for answering my questions and providing resources when I needed them.

Kevin, Christie, and the rest of the folks at the University Village Apple Store (Seattle) for providing answers, assistance, and letting me test some things on their equipment.

Glenn Fleishman, David Blatner, Steve Roth, and Laurence Chen (plus the various long-distance inhabitants) at the Greenwood compound for being the best reasons to go to the office every day (well, nearly every day). They're good inspiration and reassurance that this freelance thing actually works.

Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel, Connie Jeung-Mills, Gary-Paul Prince, and even some non-hyphenated folks like Kim Lombardi, Marjorie Baer, Cliff Colby, Rebecca Ross, Sara Jane Todd, Scott Cowlin, and Paula Baker at Peachpit Press.

And, of course, Kim Carlson, who never hesitates to ask, “How can I help?” and keeps me inspired to do what I do each day (and who wrangles a garden into beautiful submission better than anyone I know).

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