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Adjusting transition duration and style

From: iMovie '09 Essential Training

Video: Adjusting transition duration and style

iMovie sets the duration of all the transitions in your project to the same length by default. To change that default duration, choose File > Project Properties, or press Command+J and then in the Timing section, drag the Transition Duration slider to set the length of the transitions. In the General section, you can also use the Automatically Add option and enjoy the additional simplicity of having iMovie add the selected transition between all the clips in your project. Now as mentioned in the previous lesson, most video editors avoid using too many transitions, favoring straight cuts between clips for the most part.

Adjusting transition duration and style

iMovie sets the duration of all the transitions in your project to the same length by default. To change that default duration, choose File > Project Properties, or press Command+J and then in the Timing section, drag the Transition Duration slider to set the length of the transitions. In the General section, you can also use the Automatically Add option and enjoy the additional simplicity of having iMovie add the selected transition between all the clips in your project. Now as mentioned in the previous lesson, most video editors avoid using too many transitions, favoring straight cuts between clips for the most part.

So this option isn't necessarily the best idea for the average project. But for projects like picture slideshows, adding transitions between every clip or photo might actually makes sense. You will see if you do select this option, you are asked whether to Overlap ends and shorten clips or Extend ends and maintain duration. Overlap ends and shorten clip means that it will bring some of the existing clips into the transition, so you won't see them entirely. Extend ends and maintain duration means that iMovie will add extra tail or leader to the clip to be used in a transition.

Now, if you specifically cropped out a part of the clip you didn't want at the start or the end of it, choosing Extend ends and maintain duration will actually bring back the unwanted section of the clip in the Transition region. So most of the time you want to choose Overlap ends and shorten clip. I'll leave this option deselected. Now to adjust the duration of transitions manually, move your mouse over a transition, double-click and choose a new duration in the slider.

To modify only the currently selected transition, deselect Applies to all transitions. For regular transitions, in other words, ones that aren't part of the current theme, you also have the option of changing the kind of transition. Just click and select a new transition from the menu that appears. Click Done when you are finished. You can then skim through and preview the result. (Music playing and crowd noises.) To make adjustments to the duration and type of multiple transitions at once, Command-click on several transitions and then click the Action menu of one and select Transition Adjustments.

Even where Applies to all transitions deselected, Duration changes here will affect all selected transitions. Likewise, changes to the Transition Type will also override the existing settings. (Music playing and crowd noises.)

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iMovie '09 Essential Training

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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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