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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 if you take to heart what I said previously about always spending the time to rate your footage so it's easy to find the good stuff later, you'll probably soon realize that rating footage can get kind of tedious. I mean it involves so much back-and-forth clicking. First, you have to drag to select the footage you want; then you have to click the Favorites button. Then you have to drag the select footage you want; then you have to click the Favorites button. So if you're doing a lot of marking, I highly suggest you go to iMovie > Preferences, and under the General tab, check Show Advanced tools. Now before I do that, let me close this for a second and deselect everything here.
You'll notice when I have nothing selected the marking tools are all grayed out. You have to select something to activate these buttons. But if I go to iMovie > Preferences and check Show Advanced tools, notice those buttons that become available, along with some other buttons now appearing in the toolbar. So even with nothing selected right now, these buttons are now available, because turning on the Advanced tools turns the marking buttons into tools. Now I can select the Favorites tool and it stays pressed in, indicating that I have the tool selected.
Also notice there is a little green star next to my cursor when I bring it down to my Event Browser. Now I can very quickly mark footage as a favorite without having to click back and forth between the Event Browser and the Favorites button, because I can just make selections. I just simply drag across footage--notice there is a green highlight-- I release, and right away, it's marked as a favorite. Same thing goes over here. I drag and it's favorite. The same goes for the Reject button. So now I have a red X to my cursor, so if there is footage I don't want to use, I just drag and it's gone.
Again, rejected clips are hidden by default, unless you go and look at All Clips or Rejected Only. And the same goes for the Unmark tool. So I can go in here, let me select this clip, click and drag through, select this clip, and they are both gone, and they are both been send back to the Favorites and Unmarked area. Now, if you still prefer being able to use the standard marking method of skimming through your footage, selecting it, and then clicking the Favorite button, you can still do that. Just select this Pointer tool which now appears here, skim through to select some footage, and notice a little Plus symbols have now appeared next to the Marking tools.
This indicates that you can click them to add to selection as a favorite or unmark it or reject it. So I can just mark it as a favorite, just like that. So that's the original marking method that we saw without the Advanced tools turned on. It's really the best of both worlds when you use the Advanced tools because you can mark in the standard method or you can click and use the Marking tools when you want to do a lot of marking quickly.
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