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    Why???
    I just got an iMac recently and one of the reasons I got it was for editing my gopro footage of me mountain biking. Since I've gotten it I've made one video and basically fumbled my way through it w/ not really knowing what I was doing. So I decided to actually read the manual and figure out how to use. But after looking around I find that Apple doesn't really have a current one. Thats leads me to the name of the thread....Why?????????? I've also noticed that when I 1st got my iMac, that there isn't a lot of literature that Apple provides, just independent authors selling their stuff to teach you how to use prod/prog's. I spent, what I consider a lot of money, on this computer and I'm kinda dissappointed at the lack of material that Apple provides for new users.

    After that said, I still love the product, just dissappointed that I either have to spend more money on books or watch utube tutorials every time I run into an obstacle.

    Does anyone know of anything available for iMovie that would be useful for a beginner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnclePatches View Post
    So I decided to actually read the manual and figure out how to use. But after looking around I find that Apple doesn't really have a current one.Thats leads me to the name of the thread....Why??????????

    Does anyone know of anything available for iMovie that would be useful for a beginner?
    Have you tried doing something VERY simple...such as an internet search? If you would have used Google, and performed a search using the term "iMovie Help"...you would of gotten this:

    Apple - Support - iMovie
    Mac 101: iMovie

    ...Gee Wiz...it's even something that Apple provides!

    - Nick

    p.s. If you need additional help...that Google search will have plenty more sources of help for iMovie!
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
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    And the first time you go into any of the iApps you get a page appear with links to help material (videos, docs etc) this appears every time you run the app until you check the box 'don't show me again' and close it.

    You can manually invoke these screens by going to the applications Help menu and selecting "Welcome to iMovie" etc
    Not been around these parts for a while. Trying to change that . .

    Please use the reputation system if you think you've been helped - bottom left of this post

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    Yes I've done that and I've watched the tutorials, how do you think I found other author books on the matter. I guess I should have done a better job explaining. I'm looking for more detailed info then what Apple provides in their tutorials. I found a pdf from them on an older version, but it looks like they stopped do this. Does anyone except Nick have anymore info on maybe a newer pdf for iMovie 11. I found this but its for 08. http://manuals.info.apple.com/en/iMo...ng_Started.pdf
    Nick - No disrespect, but next time try using a different approach when helping, gee wiz

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    Everything you could possibly need to know for iMovie 11 right here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vansmith View Post
    Everything you could possibly need to know for iMovie 11 right here.
    I thought that was a pretty good link as well (I included it in my post above).

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnclePatches View Post
    I guess I should have done a better job explaining. I'm looking for more detailed info then what Apple provides in their tutorials.
    Exactly! This is the sort of info that should be included in a post...so folks answering & trying to help have a better idea of what you are thinking, your current knowledge level, and what info you need.

    When statements like these are made:

    Quote Originally Posted by UnclePatches View Post
    I spent, what I consider a lot of money, on this computer and I'm kinda dissappointed at the lack of material that Apple provides for new users.
    Quote Originally Posted by UnclePatches View Post
    Does anyone know of anything available for iMovie that would be useful for a beginner?
    ...we can only assume (as a "beginner") you know almost nothing about iMovie (and you said you found nothing from Apple). Thus the links provided above should have been ideal & very helpful...for a "beginner"!

    Clarity & detail are very important in posts. It's all we have to go on!

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Here's a decent one stop Tutorial page for iMovie ( 09 ). It covers 90-95% of what you'll find in iMovie 11. FWIW....

    iMovie 09

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    I thought that was a pretty good link as well (I included it in my post above).

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    Yes, it would seem you did. Haha.
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    [QUOTE=pigoo3;1403366]Exactly! This is the sort of info that should be included in a post...so folks answering & trying to help have a better idea of what you are thinking, your current knowledge level, and what info you need.

    When statements like these are made:





    ...we can only assume (as a "beginner") you know almost nothing about iMovie (and you said you found nothing from Apple). Thus the links provided above should have been ideal & very helpful...for a "beginner"!

    Clarity & detail are very important in posts. It's all we have to go on!


    I'm thankful you were trying to help, but the way you came across rubbed me the wrong way. How about just suggesting what to do and not adding a smart comment (at least thats the way I took it). No problem though, I got lots of useful info. Thanks Nick and all the nice people

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    Maybe it would help if you told us EXACTLY what it is you think you are missing that these links haven't covered.

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    Thanks chas_m for your input, but I've already been told that, codda's link helped me out, so condsider this issue closed. Next time I will be EXACT! I wasn't looking for tutorials, I was looking for a manual.

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    I was looking for a manual.
    iMovie Help?

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    This is what the original post asked:

    Quote Originally Posted by UnclePatches View Post
    Does anyone know of anything available for iMovie that would be useful for a beginner?
    "Anything" is a pretty broad category!

    Quote Originally Posted by UnclePatches View Post
    ...I wasn't looking for tutorials, I was looking for a manual.
    If a manual is what was needed...well...I think that you know where I'm going!

    The most important thing is you found something that will help!

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    I except your apology...lol

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