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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.
As you'd expect, you create a movie project in iMovie by adding sections or clips of video to the Project timeline. Skim through your clips in the Event Browser and drag-select parts of video you want to add, just like you'd select text in a word processor. Drag the handles at either end of the selection to adjust it. If you want to just nudge the selection left or right, use the Left and Right arrows on the keyboard. And then when you are happy, drag the selection into the project editor.
Continue to do this for other clips in your project library. To insert new video between two clips rather than at the end of your project, drag the new clip to this space between them. At any time you can preview a project just by skimming to a certain location and pressing the Spacebar. (Female speaker: We need to go see...) (Child 1: Don't go like that.) (Female speaker: Hey, Aaron!) (Female speaker: David's son is over there. He wants to...) (Horse whinnying.) To keep your movies interesting, it's better off using several short clips that feature your video highlights and lots of action rather than long boring sections from a single take in your camcorder.
iMovie actually includes a feature to encourage you to do this. Instead of dragging the selected section of video, simply click on a clip in the Event Browser and iMovie automatically selects four seconds of video, which is a good length for pacing your movie. If the clip is less than four seconds long, it will select the entire clip. If you want to change that default length, choose iMovie > Preferences and in the Browser section, adjust the slider at the bottom. There is actually a really nice shortcut to save you repetitively dragging every clip from the browser to your project.
It works like this. As soon as you select a clip, click the Add Selection to Project button. Actually, it gets even better than this. Select your clip and press the E key on the keyboard. By using the keyboard shortcut E, your selection is automatically added to the end of your project.
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