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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.
iMovie includes a bunch of animated effects to bring your still photos to life, combine your photos with live footage or create custom slide shows. To begin, click the Photo button to access all of your photos in iPhoto, Photo Booth, or Aperture, if you have it installed. A really nice feature is the Show photos within Event date range option. Select this to display only the photos that were taken at the same time as your currently selected video project. That means that you will be able to find photos that compliment your current video, and you will see here we have photos taken at the Easter Fair, at the same time the video was taken.
Now, if the standard option doesn't quite bring up the photos you are looking for, you can try the additional options of within 1 day of the Event, 1 week of the Event, or even 1 month of the Event. In this case, the option of within Event date range is sufficient. Once you have found a photo you like, drag it into your project. The photo becomes a clip just like video clips from your library, you can then drag the photos around to rearrange them just like you would, video clips.
By default, a Ken Burns Effect is applied to the image. The effect is named after a famous documentarian who created camera moves of a still photos zooming and panning across the images, to add motion to otherwise static video slides. If you play back the clip in your project, you will see the effect. (Music playing and crowd noises.) Each photo is initially set to four seconds in length. To change the duration, simply click the photos action button and select Clip Adjustments.
Then enter new time in the Inspector. You can change the duration of only the selected photos or alternately all the photos in your project, by choosing Applies to all Stills. Finally, just like video clips, you can apply a Video Effect. Here I'll add a Vignette and click Done. (Music playing and crowd noises.)
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