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What's New in iMovie HD more. Unfortunately, many of the best techniques aren't covered in the only "manual" you get with iMovie--its electronic help screens. This book was born to address three needs. First, it's designed to give you a grounding in professional flming and editing techniques. The camcorder and iMovie produce video of stunning visual and audio quality, giving you the technical tools to produce amazing videos. But most people don't have much experience with the artistic side of shoot- ing--lighting, sound, and composition--or even how to use the dozens of buttons packed onto the modern camcorder. This book will tell you all you need to know. Second, this book is designed to serve as the iMovie manual, as the book that should have been in the box. It explores each iMovie feature in depth, offers illustrated cata- logs of the various title and transition effects, offers shortcuts and workarounds, and unearths features that the online help doesn't even mention. Finally, this book comes with a free bonus book: iDVD 5: The Missing Manual, which constitutes Chapters 15, 16, 17, and 18. If your Mac has a DVD burner like Apple's SuperDrive, iDVD can preserve your movies on home-recorded DVDs that look and behave amazingly close to the commercial DVDs you rent from Netfix or Blockbuster. About the Outline