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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.
Transitions are a great way to move smoothly from one scene to another in your movies. As usual, iMovie offers a simple way to add them to your project. Here we have two clips with a cut between them. (Music playing and crowd noises.) Let's instead add a transition between the two clips. First, click the Transitions button to open the Transitions Browser. Then position your pointer over one of the transition thumbnails to preview the effect. If you have set a theme for your project, the transition specific to your theme appear at the top of the browser.
Once you have find a transition you like, just drag it to the space between two clips in your project. Because all of iMovie's transitions are real-time, you can immediately playback your project to preview the result. (Music playing and crowd noises.) There is no waiting for transitions to render, and if you are not happy with the transition you've inserted, just drag a different one over the top. It immediately replaces the original transition. (Music playing and crowd noises.) Or you can select it and press the Delete key to remove it entirely.
A quick tip on adding transitions. Be careful not to overuse them. A classic rookie edited mistake is to add Cross Dissolves everywhere. It's much better to use straight cuts, that means no transitions, between most of your clips and save the transitions for special occasions. Also, unless the part of the theme you are working with, stay clear of using some of the more exotic transitions, unless you have a very specific reason. There are a telltale sign of an inexperienced editor. Spend some time watching TV shows and notice just how rarely transition effects are actually used.
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