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Capturing live action

From: iMovie 10.0.2 Essential Training

Video: Capturing live action

iMovie isn't completely about working with just pre-recorded content. You'll see your camera here under Cameras.

Capturing live action

iMovie isn't completely about working with just pre-recorded content. Sometimes you want to be spontaneous, which is why it's so great that iMovie allows you to record live video. Being able to record yourself live is great for things like video blogging or on the spot reporting. And it's really easy to do. To do this, you need a Mac with a Facetime camera, which comes built into all current MacBooks, MacBook Pros, and iMacs. You can also use one of the older style external iSight cameras that Apple used to make, if you still have one of those. You can even use any Fire Wire camcorder, the same kind you can import TV tape footage from, which in many cases will give you a better quality image than the Face Time camera.

In my case, right now I have an old iSight camera connected to my Mac Pro. To make your recording either choose File> Import Media or click the Import button here. You'll see your camera here under Cameras. Right now you're seeing my through the eye sight camera. With it selected I can see my face on the screen here. I'm going to come up here to Import To and choose My Event. I'll just choose the default event that was created when I installed iMovie. And when you're ready to, you can just click the Record button. Hit Record, and start talking to the camera. iMovie will continue to record until you hit the Record button again.

And then I can close this. And here with that event selected is the clip I just recorded live. So that's how you can record live video directly into iMovie.

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iMovie 10.0.2 Essential Training

41 video lessons · 9551 viewers

Garrick Chow
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  1. 5m 7s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. Installing iMovie
      3m 48s
    3. How to use the exercise files
      27s
  2. 10m 31s
    1. Understanding connector types
      1m 28s
    2. Importing from a tape-based camera
      3m 8s
    3. Importing from a memory-based camera
      2m 55s
    4. Importing video files
      1m 34s
    5. Capturing live action
      1m 26s
  3. 15m 17s
    1. Interface overview
      4m 41s
    2. Browsing events in the iMovie Library
      3m 35s
    3. Selecting and adding clips to a project
      7m 1s
  4. 11m 53s
    1. Organizing events
      2m 57s
    2. Rating clips
      3m 34s
    3. Moving events to a different hard drive
      3m 40s
    4. Deleting unwanted clips from your hard drive
      1m 42s
  5. 22m 55s
    1. Creating a new project
      1m 28s
    2. Adding clips to the project
      7m 33s
    3. Trimming and slip editing
      3m 6s
    4. Fine-tuning clips
      2m 31s
    5. Splitting, inserting, and connecting clips
      5m 6s
    6. Cropping and rotating
      3m 11s
  6. 1h 14m
    1. Creating and adjusting still clips
      4m 18s
    2. Incorporating photos
      5m 52s
    3. Adjusting color
      8m 34s
    4. Using transitions
      9m 55s
    5. Adding titles
      4m 31s
    6. Adjusting the speed of clips
      12m 5s
    7. Stabilizing video
      3m 55s
    8. Adding cutaways, side-by-side video, and picture-in-picture effects
      5m 26s
    9. Using green-screen effects
      8m 23s
    10. Applying video effects
      1m 59s
    11. Creating movie trailers
      9m 30s
  7. 35m 3s
    1. Adjusting audio levels and position
      9m 39s
    2. Adding music and sound effects
      8m 42s
    3. Adding background music
      6m 25s
    4. Adding a voiceover
      5m 5s
    5. Extracting audio from clips
      3m 12s
    6. Applying audio effects
      2m 0s
  8. 11m 45s
    1. Exporting to iMovie Theater
      6m 26s
    2. Exploring the other sharing options
      5m 19s
  9. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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