iMovie ’09 & iDVD: Portable Genius

I was pretty surprised at a lot of the features in iMovie that go untalked about by the tech community. I mean, I know we can all be snobby, and we all flock to final cut, but iMovie is a power house for typical users.

I was a bit skeptical at first about getting into some book reviews for the site, but the first portable genius book I thumbed through changed that up pretty quickly. The thing about the Internet is that it’s hard to find something if you don’t know what you’re looking for, but with a book you can skim a table of contents and right away realize if there’s new information in it or not.

Guy Hart-Davis did an excellent job in compiling the book, and he’s managed to keep a nice balance with the information, between beginners and the intermediate crowd, this book has something for everyone. I’ve spent quite a bit of time in iMovie ’09, but never really realized a lot of features existed. Key Example, green screen capabilities. I had absolutely no idea that you could work with a green screen in iMovie.

If you want to take advantage of your iLife bundle, or you’re just looking for a quick way to work with some video footage you have archived, but have no idea where to start, this is a great first step.

I’m hoping to get my hands on a couple more portable genius books, but I have to say the first one is quite good, and definitely encourages me to check out the others.

You can find it on Amazon.

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