too long ago I had the chance to review Brian Gary's Quick Reference
Guide for Compressor. I hadn't expected such a thin book as that
to be as good as it was, nor as thorough. Now Brian has teamed
up with Steve Martin and Jem Schofield to produce another Quick
Reference Guide under the Apple Pro Training Series, and this
time it focuses on all that you can do, but probably don't, with
QuickTime Pro. And, once again, the trio of writers pulls off
the trick of compiling a great deal of information into an even
narrower number of pages. Arriving at your bookstore with 138
pages (it can be downloaded from the Peachpit Press website as
you will find this reference guide to be as thorough as its predecessors.
What the QuickTime Quick Reference
Guide really does is forgo much of the theory which can often
confuse the newcomer, and get down to the brass tacks of utilizing
the many features and functions of QuickTime. The authors take
you through many of QuickTime's capabilities with great graphic
illustrations and step-by-step instructions. Sure, there is the
obligatory 'Getting Started with' opening. After all, where is
there a book without one? Even then, this opening chapter provides
easy to follow, detailed instructions on recording both audio
and video clips for both Macs and Windows as well as the different
Saving and sharing methods for email, internet and your own website.
Then things get more interesting. In the second chapter, "Exporting
Movies", exportation steps are provided for iPod, Apple
TV, Still Images and Image Sequences, Audio and Podcasting as
well a thorough review of suggested codecs for individual uses.
Further chapters covering editing,
creating interactive movies and delivering them are easy to follow
and interesting as well. I wasn't falling asleep and that is
saying something right there. A pretty complete chart entitled
"Codec Central" is laid out with each codec's suggested
application, and its' Pros and Cons for usage can come in handy.
No one can be expected to memorize all of this, so having it
at a quick grab, when needed, will make someone appreciate it
when the need occurs.
The chapter on Delivering your
movies is exceptional. It gets you off to a running start whether
you want to use a progressive download, use real time streaming,
or send to a cellular phone. Suggested settings for all are provided
as well as, in a further chapter, full coverage of all QuickTime
Pro preferences, controls and a lot more that most probably aren't
even aware exists.
While the QuickTime Pro Quick Reference
Guide is of excellent quality, I do bemoan the increase of price
as compared to Brian Gary's last Quick Reference Guide for Compressor.
Thirty dollars for a 138-page book seems to be a bit much. Maybe
with 3 authors and the price of petroleum going up it was necessary
but it's not the rational I would use. At any rate, with this,
my view at a second Quick-Reference Guide, I can only say that
these small reference books will be the way to go for many editors
looking to get a ready jump on things, wanting to have something
light weight to carry with them, and an easy to locate reference
tool. The book succeeds in every way.
Steve Douglas is an underwater
videographer and contributor to numerous film festivals around
the world. A winner of the 1999 Pacific Coast Underwater Film
Competition, 2003 IVIE competition, 2004 Los Angeles Underwater
Photographic competition, and the prestigious 2005 International
Beneath the Sea Film Competition, where he also won the Stan
Waterman Award for Excellence in Underwater Videography and 'Diver
of the Year', Steve was a safety diver on the feature film "The
Deep Blue Sea", contributed footage to the Seaworld Park's
Atlantis production, and a recent History channel MegaDisaster
show. Steve is one of the founding organizers of the San Diego
UnderSea Film Exhibition and leads both underwater filming expeditions
and African safaris with upcoming excursions to Kenya, Bali &
Komodo in 2007, and Costa Rica and Palau in 2008. Feel free to
contact him if you are interested in joining Steve on any of
these exciting trips. www.worldfilmsandtravel.com
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