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Advanced precision editing

From: iMovie '09 Essential Training

Video: Advanced precision editing

Let's continue on from the previous lesson and take a look now at some of the more advanced functions in the Precision Editor. By the way, you may notice that I have the Transitions Browser open here. We won't be working with it in this lesson, so don't worry if yours is opened or closed. It doesn't matter. Again, to open the Precision Editor, click the Action button to the right of the edit you want to adjust and choose Precision Editor. Now, let's say we want the audio from one of that clips to continue through the audio of the second clip rather than having awkward change in the background sounds.

Advanced precision editing

Let's continue on from the previous lesson and take a look now at some of the more advanced functions in the Precision Editor. By the way, you may notice that I have the Transitions Browser open here. We won't be working with it in this lesson, so don't worry if yours is opened or closed. It doesn't matter. Again, to open the Precision Editor, click the Action button to the right of the edit you want to adjust and choose Precision Editor. Now, let's say we want the audio from one of that clips to continue through the audio of the second clip rather than having awkward change in the background sounds.

Let's take a listen. (Female speaker: Perfect timing.) (Young girl: Hi, Daddy!) Here, we want the second clip's audio to begin right before, in the first clip, so that we have a continuation of the background sound. To get started with the edit, click the Audio Tracks button to reveal the audio waveforms associated with the clips in the Precision Editor. Now, here we want the sound of the second clip to replace the sound of the first clip, so we have a continuous background sound. Move the pointer of the blue edit line for the bottom audio clip, remember that's the video clip coming out of the edit and drag to the left to cover over the area of the first clip.

The sound from the first clip now extends past the edit point. (Female speaker: Perfect timing.) (Male speaker: Hi, Katie!) (Young girl: Hi, Daddy!) What this means is that even though we are not seeing the second clip until the edit point, we are hearing its sound prior to the video showing up on screen. Now, we need to do one more thing and that's to remove the sound of that first clip. Just drag the first clip's edit line to the left until it's removed. Let's play back and review. (Background noises.) (Male speaker: Hi, Katie!) (Young girl: Hi, Daddy!) (Young girl 2: Put Andrew on Nomo...) To the left of the Audio tracks button is the Extras button.

Click this and you will see your title, sound effects, and voiceover included in the editor. You have the same functionality as the standard view for adjusting these but more of a room for maneuvering. Finally, if your edit includes a transition, you can actually adjust the start and end of the transition by dragging its left or right edge. Notice the diagonal shading in the clips indicating the timing of the transition. I can also drag the center of the transition to move it forwards or backwards.

In other words, making it start earlier or later. (Young girl: Hi, Daddy!) (Young girl 2: Put Andrew on Nomo...) (Female on loudspeaker: 151, 144...) So, if you find yourself struggling to get the perfect edit inside the Project Editor, go ahead and bring up the Precision Editor to give yourself more room and accuracy while you make your edit adjustments.

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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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