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iMovie '09 Essential Training
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iMovie '09 Essential Training

with Damian Allen

Video: Welcome

Welcome to iMovie '09 Essential Training. I'm Damian Allen, President of Pixerati, a postproduction studio based in L.A. I'll be taking you through this comprehensive training on iMovie '09. As you work through the training, you'll be surprised by just how much can be done with iMovie using the intuitive design of the '09 interface. I'll show you the basics of importing your footage to iMovie and explain how its powerful skimming technology brings your entire archive of video alive under your mouse pointer. Then we'll get into the new features of iMovie, from advanced precision editing, to special effects like green screen.
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  1. 6m 25s
    1. Welcome
      1m 31s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 31s
    3. What is iMovie?
      3m 23s
  2. 10m 44s
    1. Importing from memory-based cameras
      5m 8s
    2. Importing from tape-based cameras
      3m 24s
    3. Importing from other sources
      2m 12s
  3. 9m 45s
    1. Skimming your video
      2m 20s
    2. Working in the Event browser
      2m 16s
    3. Merging and splitting events
      1m 51s
    4. Adjusting the date and time of your events
      1m 22s
    5. Marking favorites and rejecting video
      1m 56s
  4. 16m 23s
    1. Creating your project
      4m 33s
    2. Adding selections to your project
      2m 8s
    3. Rearranging and deleting clips
      1m 36s
    4. Using advanced drag-and-drop editing
      1m 56s
    5. Fine-tuning on the fly
      1m 44s
    6. Using the Clip Trimmer
      1m 20s
    7. Playing back your project
      3m 6s
  5. 4m 29s
    1. Applying and modifying transitions
      1m 45s
    2. Adjusting transition duration and style
      2m 44s
  6. 5m 14s
    1. Adding a title
      2m 53s
    2. Editing text properties
      2m 21s
  7. 16m 12s
    1. Changing the volume of a clip
      2m 18s
    2. Searching for music and effects
      2m 45s
    3. Adding background music
      2m 33s
    4. Pinning background music to a video frame
      2m 24s
    5. Ducking the music under speech
      1m 16s
    6. Adding sound effects
      2m 25s
    7. Using the voiceover tool
      2m 31s
  8. 6m 44s
    1. Adding images from iPhoto
      2m 9s
    2. Making your photos move
      4m 35s
  9. 5m 1s
    1. Using the Precision Editor
      2m 6s
    2. Advanced precision editing
      2m 55s
  10. 4m 27s
    1. Adding beat markers to music
      2m 24s
    2. Editing music to the beat
      2m 3s
  11. 12m 35s
    1. Changing the look of your video with effects
      1m 16s
    2. Altering the speed of a clip
      1m 12s
    3. Stabilizing your video
      3m 56s
    4. Adding a freeze frame
      1m 12s
    5. Creating picture-in-picture effects
      1m 44s
    6. Superimposing video with green-screen effects
      3m 15s
  12. 8m 23s
    1. Applying and viewing a theme
      3m 41s
    2. Changing theme element poster frames
      52s
    3. Working with individual theme components
      1m 0s
    4. Applying and editing a map
      2m 50s
  13. 8m 42s
    1. Enhancing color balance with White Point controls
      2m 12s
    2. Enhancing exposure with Levels controls
      3m 36s
    3. Enhancing photos with RGB controls
      1m 28s
    4. Applying adjustments to multiple clips
      1m 26s
  14. 13m 56s
    1. Using the advanced tools
      3m 41s
    2. Understanding keywords
      5m 28s
    3. Using comment markers
      1m 58s
    4. Using the Replace options
      2m 49s
  15. 13m 2s
    1. Publishing to iTunes
      1m 17s
    2. Publishing to your MobileMe Gallery
      4m 7s
    3. Publishing to YouTube
      3m 24s
    4. Accessing your movie in GarageBand, iWeb, and iDVD
      1m 21s
    5. Exporting to the Finder
      1m 50s
    6. Sharing your projects with Final Cut Pro Editors
      1m 3s
  16. 26s
    1. Goodbye
      26s

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iMovie '09 Essential Training
2h 22m Beginner Sep 09, 2009

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iMovie '09 is a powerful video editing tool that is part of Apple's iLife suite. In iMovie '09 Essential Training, Damian Allen takes new and intermediate users through the steps to create professional-looking video. Damian covers the whole editing process, from importing audio, video, and image files to adding text and graphics. He also teaches several ways to share a finished piece with others. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding basic editing techniques
  • Working with wipes, dissolves, and other transitions
  • Mixing music with dialogue
  • Smoothing out shaky footage
  • Applying and manipulating video effects
  • Using animated themes in a video
  • Enhancing video and still images using RGB and level controls
  • Using comment markers and keywords to locate material
  • Sharing projects with Final Cut Pro editors
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
iMovie
Author:
Damian Allen

Welcome

Welcome to iMovie '09 Essential Training. I'm Damian Allen, President of Pixerati, a postproduction studio based in L.A. I'll be taking you through this comprehensive training on iMovie '09. As you work through the training, you'll be surprised by just how much can be done with iMovie using the intuitive design of the '09 interface. I'll show you the basics of importing your footage to iMovie and explain how its powerful skimming technology brings your entire archive of video alive under your mouse pointer. Then we'll get into the new features of iMovie, from advanced precision editing, to special effects like green screen.

Now, if you've already been working with iMovie '08, you'll probably want to jump first to the sections on managing your library and editing your projects to see the new workflow features. The new themes are also definitely worth taking a look at. And if you've never used iMovie or if you've been using it in a version prior to iMovie '08, you should probably start with the overview lessons to become oriented to the software interface. Obviously, you'll also want to watch the lessons on importing video from your camcorder into iMovie as well. Then get to know the Library, before heading into the Editing section to learn how to make your own movies.

Most importantly, give iMovie a little time. If you've used other video editing software, iMovie might seem a little foreign at first. But you'll quickly find that skimming an editing system actually adds an intuitive approach to making movies that's just not there in other software. So take your camcorder, go ahead and shoot some video, and then let's bring it into iMovie '09 and make some movies.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about iMovie '09 Essential Training.


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Q: While trying to load AVI files into iMovie – which iMovie supports – the AVI files would not play. After converting the files with Streamclip, some of the AVI files played, but without sound. The files are from a digital camera, and all had sound when imported from the camera. Is there an easier way to get iMovie to successfully play AVI files besides converting them to other formats?
A: Unfortunately, Mac OS X and iMovie are very picky about which AVI codecs they will play. While installing an application like Flip4Mac might lead to some success, the most likely road to playing the AVI files is to convert them via some application like Streamclip, HandBrake, iSquint, etc.
Q: I  have downloaded exercise files for iMovie ’09 Essential Training, but when opened, show a “source clip missing" error. What could be causing this problem?
A: Directions for downloading and using the exercise files are detailed in the "Using the exercise files" movie in the Introduction chapter.

Make sure to move over the iMovie Events folder into the Movies directory on the Home drive, as it contains the source clips used in the projects. If the iMovie Events folder is not in the same directory, iMovie will display the “Source clip is missing” error in the clip viewer.
 
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