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In iMovie 11 Essential Training, author Garrick Chow illustrates the process of creating high-quality video using iMovie 11. The course covers the entire post-production process, from importing audio, video, and still images to adding effects, creating trailers, and sharing your finished projects on social networks. Also included are tutorials on adjusting audio levels, automatically identifying clips that include faces, and using green screen effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
So now that we have a new empty project created, its time to start assembling our clips into a movie. Now, how you do this is entirely up to you and the type of project you are creating. You might prefer to make quick selections of shots and drag them into your project before worrying about cleaning them up or trimming them, or you might want to plan out your entire movie shot by shot; it's really up to you. In this chapter, we are going to be putting together the Surfing Clips we imported previously. If you want to work along with me but haven't imported the clips yet, you'll want to do so now. Remember, you can import clips from your hard drive by choosing File > Import and then Movies.
So, we are going to grab portions of these 12 clips, and we are going to try to grab the most interesting shots to use in the movie and to do our best to leave out the boring stuff. And that really should be your mantra: no matter what type of event you're editing together, whether it's vacation footage or birthday party video, or your kid's little league game, get to the good stuff. One of the worst things your friends and family can do to you is to make you sit down and watch unedited video of their vacation directly from their video camera. If you're lucky, you have never had to experience 10 minutes of footage of an airplane wing. But you have iMovie, so you can save your friends and families from having to watch shots of you accidentally pointing the camera at your feet and actually put together a snappy video of your events' highlights that people will actually enjoy watching.
But that's enough preaching for now. Let's see how we add clips to our project. Now, we have actually seen this already, but let's review. I am going to work in a mostly linear fashion here, meaning I am going to pick out what I want the first shot in my movie to be, then pick the second one, and go from there. You may prefer to just skim through and find the good stuff, mark it as a favorite, and then drag everything into the project and then worry about arranging everything afterwards. That's totally fine, but I am going to work linearly here. I am also going to go to the View menu and turn off Playhead Info, because if you recall, we turned that on earlier, and I just don't need to see all the stuff popping up as I am rolling over my clips.
So, I am going to go to View > Playhead Info, and now it's turned off. And I think I want to open my movie with the shot of the surfboard being waxed. Now when I roll over, you can see this is a 10-second clip, and that's probably too long to spend on this shot. So, I am going to skim my mouse over the clip, and you can see there is the part here where he just repositions the board, right there. And maybe I will just pick up the clip from there. So I am going to click and drag, and let's grab maybe about five seconds of that footage.
So you can see a five seconds right next to my cursor there. I release and I will just drag that into my project. I will be showing you how to fine-tune your selection in an upcoming movie, but for now this is fine, and that'll be the opening shot of my movie. Eventually I am going to add a title and some music over it, but we will leave it as is for now. Now I am thinking I am going to have a couple of quick shots of our surfer putting on his gear. So looking at the footage, it looks like the picture goes a little out of focus right about there, so I am going to grab some footage starting right after that.
In fact, I might want to grab a little bit of the out-of-focus footage because I think it can act as sort of a nice transition. So, I am going to click and drag and grab maybe about three seconds there. And we will that into the project. Now, if you are trying to find a relatively short piece of footage, remember you can extend the filmstrip display to show more frames and make it easier to find what you're looking for by using the slider down here. I am going to leave mine set to five seconds, though. Next, we have this clip of the wetsuit being zipped up. Now at the end of this clip, we see our subject's face, and I kind of like how it's revealed there at the end, so I want to make sure that's included.
I want to place my cursor right after he looks at the camera and kind of smiles a little bit and then looks away. And I want to end this clip with that shot, so I am going to drag backwards. I am going to click and then drag to the left, to maybe right before he zips up the suit here. So you can see the zipper coming across right there, so maybe I will grab it right there. We will drag that selection up, and now it's been added to our project.
Next, maybe some shots of the waves in front of the pier here, maybe only a quick shot of that. So let's grab, maybe... let's do about three seconds. You can sort of see how our project is coming together now. Maybe next, we will have him looking out over the ocean here. Now you can see the cameras are getting into place here, so let's grab after that, have a chunk there.
And maybe next we will have this shot of him walking to the water. Now again, this is a 10-second shot, so probably too long for what I want here. Maybe I will grab it right before he throws the surfboard onto the water there. That looks good, and we will drag that in. Now notice I can drag this anywhere, if I want to place the shot in between other shots. But in this case, I am doing everything linearly, so I am just going to drop it in that blank area to put at the end. So we have added some shots to our project, and our movie is well underway.
And this is basically all you do: find the shots you want to use and drag them into the project. Let's play what we have so far. Let's drag my cursor to the beginning and press the Spacebar. (clip playing) So, it's still pretty rough at this point.
We have got some issues with sound being louder in some clips than others. Maybe some of the clips are too long or too short. But we are going to continue to work on it. Next, we are going to start looking how to make more precise selections and edits to our clips.
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