Radical Amazement - iMovie
- Project Tips - best practices in preparation for putting together your multimedia projects
- Audio editing with Audacity handout
Create a Project
- Launch iMovie.
- In the Project Library select the Local Work drive and click the plus symbol to add a project and name it descriptively.
- Select NO THEME, set the aspect ratio to be widescreen (16:9), and click create.
Add Still Images
TIFF and JPEG formatted images are recommended.
- Copy all images to the desktop.
- Click and drag each image into the iMovie project window. A green line signifies where it will be placed in the timeline with a default duration of 4 seconds.
- To change the duration hover the cursor over the image, in the action menu that appears select Clip Adjustments. Type in a new duration and click done.
- Editing Image Properties
WAV or AIFF files are recommended.
Audio clips will be limited to the length of any the still/video clips
- Copy all audio files to the desktop into your project folder.
- Click and drag the audio file into the iMovie project window:
- To add the audio file to the entire project drag and drop into the open gray area - the entire project screen will turn green.
- To add audio at a specific point in time click and drag the file over a still image clip - a single green line will extend as long as the length of the clip.
- Press the waveform button to reveal audio waveforms
- Use the Spacebar key on your keyboard to start and stop playback. Alternatively, press the play button at the bottom left of the project window.
- Drag the cursor over clips to skim through footage. Press the button near the audio meters to mute audio when skimming.
- Click on the title button in the toolbar.
- Select a title and click and drag over an image to be superimposed over footage, or drag it between clips to have it over a solid color.
- In the viewer edit the text, and click Show Fonts to adjust font styling.
- To delete a title click on it once and press the delete key.
- Click the transitions button in the toolbar.
- Preview a transition by hovering the cursor over it.
- Click and drag the transition between two clips in the project browser – there will be a green vertical line that appears.
- To adjust the length of a transition double click on it in the project browser and type in new length in the duration field.
- To delete a transition click on it once and press the delete key.
ALERT: Add transitions to your project as your last editing step. There are known bugs with iMovie that break editing clip length after transitions have been added.
- Hover the cursor over a still image – the blue action menu will appear.
- From the action menu select Precision Editor.
- In the precision window click on the Show Extras button.
- To play back audio and the clip make sure to hover the cursor in the center of the window – the red timeline will extend over all tracks.
- Make clips longer or shorter by dragging the clip left or right, or drag the blue edit point.
- Each blue dot represents an edit point. To navigate through each edit click the next button.
- When finished click done to apply any changes.
Saving A Project
Always back up your iMovie project and associated files to the network (Orca/programs) so that you can work on it later, see Save an iMovie Project to the Network.
Optional Alternative Locations
- If you have one, bring in your own portable hard drive and save directly to it vs. saving to the installed computer.
- Work on the same computer for each session. Files saved to the Local Work drive are left alone until the end of the quarter when files are cleared off.
Export A Final Video File
When you're done editing your last step is to save a high quality version of the project in addition to posting a file to the web, DVD etc...
- From the top menu select Share > Export Movie.
- Label this file descriptively, choose to save to the Desktop, and select the HD 1080p format.
- Connect to Orca File Space Overview and save a copy in your Cubby.