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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.
A new way of keeping your footage organized that you'll find in iMovie '11 is the People Finder feature. This is a very cool feature in which iMovie will scan through the footage you have imported and detect the presence of people in your shots. You can then filter your footage to show only the shots containing people, which can be a great way to quickly locate footage you're looking for. To detect people, first select the individual clip or entire event you want to iMovie to look in for people. In this case, I have Surfing Clip selected. Then choose File > Analyze Video > People.
Depending on how much footage you've selected, it could take several seconds or several minutes for iMovie to do its thing. And once it's done, you will see purple bars in all the footage where iMovie found people. So we see some right here, there. Now you can see that there is a person-- in fact, the same person--in this clip, but the purple bar only appears in this one section. So the People Finder is really a face finder. So, for example, here, we only have just this one clip that has the purple bar.
So it's not perfect, like it won't find his hands, won't find his feet. What it's looking for are clear instances of faces. But that's still pretty cool. But as even if it just finds a portion of a clip where face exists, you'll be able to look at that clip and easily see where people appear elsewhere in that same clip. You can even click the Search button to narrow down the footage even more by selecting Criteria, like how many people are in the shot, whether the shot is wide, medium, or closeup, and so on. You may see more or fewer criteria here depending on what iMovie found in your footage.
For example, if I select One Person and Closeup--I'm going to turn off Closeup and Outdoor here--and make sure Filter by Keyword is Checked, notice that we just have the one clip here. iMovie consider this a closeup of one person. And you can play with mixing and matching keywords as much as you like. It may be People and Wide, again narrowing that down, and so on and so on. And when you're done with this view, you can hide the Search pane and return to your regular Event Browser.
So that's the new People Finder feature of iMovie '11.
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