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This course covers the entire photographic workflow in Apple Aperture, from import to enhancement to output. Author Derrick Story covers organizing image collections with star ratings, labels, and Smart Albums, and using the image editing tools to adjust exposure, retouch flaws, and correct color balance issues. And one of the most noteworthy features in Aperture is explored in detail: its ability to store video clips alongside the stills from digital cameras, then combine them to create stunning multimedia slideshows.
This course was updated on 10/03/12. Updated movies cover the features added through version 3.3, including Retina display support, iCloud photo sharing, streamlined integration with iPhoto, and much more.
So, my slideshow is coming along pretty nicely, but it seems like I had a video clip back in my Great Outdoors project that might work well in here, because that's one of things that we can do in Aperture 3 is we can add video. Now we can integrate it with the rest of our presentation. So, let's go back and try to find that video clip and see if we can bring it in here. So, I am going to go to my project here. Now this is where the filtering comes in so handy, because we have all of this information here, and I don't remember where the video clip is, per se.
Let's find it real quick. So, I am just going to go up here, and we are just going to filter by File Type, and we are going to choose Video, and then that way it will come right out. Isn't that a nice use of that? So, now we have our video here. I can play the video by double-clicking on it, and we get our little player here and the first thing that I notice is I have 38 seconds of a flower. I would say that adding 38 seconds of a flower to my presentation would not be the greatest use of my movie-making talent.
So, I want to trim the video, and we can trim the video right here in the Aperture. I am going to just play it for a second just so we can make sure that we have 38 seconds of a flower. Yeah, that's all there is there, kids. All right. So, I am going to stop that, go over to my gear menu, and I'm going to choose Trim, and we get the little trim handles here. If you've done trimming on a new iPhone, then you recognize these little yellow handles. So, let's just bring it down here to just something like - we don't want it very long.
4 seconds? 4 seconds. How about that? 4 seconds of video is a lot better than 30 -- oh, we'll just go 5 seconds. It's a lot better than 38 seconds. So, right there, it tells us 5 seconds. I am just going to hit the Trim button. Okay, now we just have a nice, little 5-second video. I am going to double-click again on this, and now I just have to drag it into my slideshow presentation here. Great! Now we are going to go over there. Here is our video, right here, and it actually is a 4.7 seconds, and I want it to go right after the mustard field.
So, I will put it right there. I think we are set. Under Selected Slides, I can set in a Fade In and Fade Out, for this. I am going to move that Volume way down on this. I really don't want that Volume, because it's not a whole lot there. I can reduce the Volume of the main track. We will leave it at 40%. Let's try a Transition into that, and let's play it now. Let's see what happens. Let's see how this whole thing works.
We will go and off to the races. (Music playing.) We have successfully added video to our slideshow presentation.
So, just keep in mind that as you're out there, and you are shooting of your DSLR or compact, and you want to grab little video clips, go ahead and do it. Aperture can organize them for you. You can trim them in Aperture, and then you can add them to your presentations. Very handy. In fact, you can even use Aperture 3 as a light video editor and just have videos only, just bring them in, trim them to the length that you want, put them together in the order that you want and then export them out as a new movie.
So, you can't do a lot of complicated stuff, but sometimes you just need to edit and put together and export, and Aperture can do that for you.
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