iMovie Cheat Sheet
How To Use iMovie
- create project
- connect DV camera
- import video
- Split/crop Video Clips
- Add Titles
- Add Effects
- iMovie Crashes
- Import photos
- Import audio
- Voice overs
- Add chapter
Before we do anything in iMovie, we must create and title a new default folder as well as title and save our new project.
Click on the iMovie icon in the dock and wait, while it bounces, for the application to open. Select "Create Project."
Step 2:In the "Save as:" field, enter a title for the name of the movie.
Step 3:We don't want to save to the default "Movies" folder unless you are using the same computer every time to create! You will have to save to your Network folder!
Now click "Save" and you should see the empty iMovie interface with "iMovie:yourname" at the top.
If you already have digital media, these are the steps for connecting your DV camera to the Mac.
Step 1:Connect the video camera to USB port of computer.
Step 2:Make sure the camera is in PLAY (VCR) mode
Make sure your tape is queued to the exact place that you would like to pull into iMovie. Now that your camera is connected and turned to the PLAY (VCR) mode, you are ready to import your digital video into iMovie:
Make sure you are using camera mode.
When your viewer says "Camera Connected," click the "Import" button. iMovie will play and import your digital video. When you wish to stop importing, click the "Import" button once more.
Drag your imported clip(s) from the clips pane to the editable timeline along the bottom of the iMovie interface.
iMovie treats deleted files differently that most other programs. If you delete a clip you CANNOT get it back.
Split and Crop Video Clips
If you want to cut a clip into two pieces, use "Split Clip at Playhead." If you want to redefine the endpoint(s) of a clip, use "Crop." Remember that the material cropped off cannot be saved, while split clips can be.
Drag a clip or clips from the viewing pane to the editing region below and select a clip by clicking on it, making it blue.
Step 2:To Split a Clip: Place the cursor beneath the viewing window at the place in the movie where you want to split the clip into two. Go up to the "Edit" menu at the top, and select "Split Video Clip at Playhead."
To Crop a Clip: Drag the little triangles beneath the viewing window timeline to the desired in and out points. Go to the "Edit" menu at the top and select "Crop."
Save your project.
Save Your Movie
Save your movie early and often. Although iMovie provides the average user with unprecedented functionality, it has been known to shut down unexpectedly...a lot. Since there is no automatic save feature, you stand to lose much, if not all of your project. SAVE!
From the main menu, go to File > Save Project.
iMovie titles can be used to introduce your project and sections within it. There are several options for customization within the Titles section. Play with this function to see which works for your movie.
Click on the "Title" tab.
Choose a title from the scrolling window. The editable options will change depending on which title you choose.
Step 3:Customize your title. Here are some questions to help you formulate what you would like your title to look like:
- How long would you like it to appear?
- Would you like it to be presented on a black screen or over your movie?
- Do you want to change the font and size of the text?
- Would you like to change the text that is being presented in your title?
After making all of your customization selections, click "Preview" at the top of the "Title" panel. If you are happy with your title, click on the "T" icon, , next to your selected title and drag it to the clip timeline along the bottom of the iMovie interface.
Step 5:A red bar will appear beneath your title in the clip timeline. This indicates that the clip is still rendering. For best results, wait til the red bar disappears, or until the title has finished rendering, before working any further with your movie.
Adding Effects to Your Movie
Let's add an effect to our clip.
Select "Effects" from the menu below the clips pane. Select a clip from the editing region to add an effect to it.
Step 2:Select an effect. Adjust the parameters of the effect beneath the preview window.
Step 3:The effect should automatically preview in the preview window. If you adjust the parameters of the effect, click "Preview" again to load the new effect settings.
Click "Apply," and wait for the effect to render. You can monitor the effect rendering by the red progress bar that occurs within the clip the effect is being added to in the editing region.
Save your work.
Transitions are functions that allow the user to smooth the break between clips. They may help you achieve a professional result.
Step 1:Click on the "Trans" (transitions) tab.
Step 2:Select a transition from the window.
Step 3:Adjust the length or duration of the transition.
Drag the icon - - next to the transition you chose to its intended place in your project on the clip timeline at the bottom of the iMovie interface.
1. The Speed ranges from 10 frames (30 frames are in a second) to 4 seconds.
2. Because transitions are linking two clips, they actually need time from both clips. For example, let's say you have a movie clip that is 3 seconds long and you would like to place a transition before it. You choose to "fade in" for 2 seconds. When you drag that transition to the clip timeline and it finishes rendering, you will have a 2 second transition and a 1 second clip. Plan accordingly when you are editing your film and images.
What To Do When iMovie Crashes
iMovie will crash. The question is: How recently did you save, and how hard will it be to reconstruct your work? Here's what to do if iMovie crashes before you've saved again.
Re-open iMovie, and it should tell you that some files may not have been saved to the clip pane. Select, "Move files to clip pane."
From the clips moved to the clips pane, reconstruct your project by dragging necessary clips to the timeline.
In this section we will discuss importing photos within the iMovie program. For information about scanning photos, importing photos to your machine, or saving your photos on your firewire drive, please see Holly Robertson's tutorial on iPhoto.
Select the "Photos" tab.
If you followed the directions for using iPhoto Library Manager, your photo library will appear in the window of the Photo pane.
Step 2:Choose a photo to import into your project.
Step 3:Select the length you would like your photo to remain on the screen. The image below shows a duration of 8 seconds and 10 frames.
You may chooose to use the Ken Burns Effect for your photos. This will add motion to an otherwise static image. A check will appear in the box if this function is selected. Use the preview window in the upper right-hand corner of the interface to judge your changes and to adjust the placement of your photo. The "Start" and "Finish" radio buttons as well as the Zoom bar are the Ken Burns functions. Meddle with these and then preview to watch your picture come to life!
Step 5:When you are ready to add your photo to your project, click apply. You'll notice the red rendering bar appear again. Wait until the photo has finished rendering before performing another function in iMovie.
Step 6:Don't forget to save!
Import & Edit Audio
iMovie provides lots of options for importing and editing up to three layers of audio tracks.
Open your iMovie project and click on the Audio button below the clips pane.
Insert your audio CD into the computer. (The eject button is the up arrow on the top right of the keyboard.)
Step 3:The drop-down menu above the audio pane may default to "iTunes Library." Select from this drop-down menu the title of the CD you've inserted. You should then see the tracks listed in the audio pane below the drop-down menu.
To the far left of the play button are two box-shaped buttons, one with an icon of a film strip for adding and arranging video clips in the clip viewer, and the other with an icon of a clock for adjusting audio and video timing in the timeline viewer. Select the clock for the timeline viewer. Now you can see the three audio tracks, the top being the audio embedded in the video and the other two for adding audio tracks.
Step 5:To extract the audio embedded in the imported video (represented on the top layer of the three audio layers in the timeline), select the clip you wish to extract from, and select "Extract audio" from the edit menu along the top. When it's finished extracting, you should see the extracted audio track below the clip in the second layer of the timeline.
Step 6:To adjust the volume of a track, click the "Edit volume" checkbox at the bottom. You will now see a vertical line drawn through the audio clips on the timeline. This represents the volume level. You can adjust the entire volume level of a clip by selecting it and sliding the volume fader at the bottom. If you wish to make volume adjustments within a clip, click on the clip at the point you wish to adjust. This will create an in and out point for the volume, each of which you can bring up or down by dragging it with the mouse.
Step 7:To import a track from the CD you've inserted, select the track you wish to add from the audio pane. Place the cursor, or playhead, at the spot in the movie where you want to add audio, and click on the "Place at Playhead" button beneath the audio pane. Wait while the track imports and is placed beneath the clips in the timeline viewer.
Step 8:To crop the audio clip, adjust the start and end points by dragging the triangles at the beginning and end of the clip and selecting "Crop" from the edit menu, just as you would a video clip.
iMovie makes it easy to include narration in your movie.
Click on the Audio tab below the clip pane. If your microphone is plugged in, you should already see a mic level below the audio pane.
Place the cursor where you wish to begin the voiceover, click on the red button beside the audio level, and begin speaking your voiceover into the mic.
Step 3:Click again on the red record button to stop recording.
Don't forget to save!
Adding iDVD Chapters to Your Movie
You have the option to add chapters to your project in iMovie. "Chapters" will appear as menu options on your TV screen. They will also mark your project for the "skip" function on your DVD player.
Select the iDVD tab.
Step 2:Select a clip in your timeline that you would like to be a menu option on your DVD screen. Click the "Add Chapter" button.
Step 3:Enter a Chapter Title.
You may remove chapters by clicking on the "Remove Chapter" button.
Step 5:You may rename Chapter Titles by double-clicking the text.
Export to iDVD
When you are positively sure your project is complete and you have added your Chapters, you are ready to export to iDVD. One you export, you CANNOT make any changes in iMovie. iDVD immediately begins encoding your project for burning onto a DVD-R. So, although iMovie must remain open while the iDVD project is encoding, you cannot make any changes to it.
Step 1:Save your iMovie project.
Step 2:Select the iDVD tab.
Step 3:Click the "Create IDVD Project" button.
iDVD will open automatically.
- How long would you like it to appear?