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Capturing live action

From: iMovie 11 Essential Training

Video: Capturing live action

iMovie isn't all about importing recorded content; sometimes you just want to be spontaneous, which is why it's so great that iMovie lets you record live video. All you need is an iSight camera, which comes built into all current MacBooks, MacBook Pro's, and iMacs--or any FireWire camera, the same kind you can import DV tape footage from. Being able to record yourself live is great for things like video blogging or on-the-spot reporting, and it's super easy to do. If your Mac doesn't have a built-in iSight camera and if you don't have one of the discontinued stand-alone models that Apple use to make, just connect the FireWire camcorder to iMovie. Actually even if you do have an iSight camera, you might want to use a camcorder anyway to get a better picture.

Capturing live action

iMovie isn't all about importing recorded content; sometimes you just want to be spontaneous, which is why it's so great that iMovie lets you record live video. All you need is an iSight camera, which comes built into all current MacBooks, MacBook Pro's, and iMacs--or any FireWire camera, the same kind you can import DV tape footage from. Being able to record yourself live is great for things like video blogging or on-the-spot reporting, and it's super easy to do. If your Mac doesn't have a built-in iSight camera and if you don't have one of the discontinued stand-alone models that Apple use to make, just connect the FireWire camcorder to iMovie. Actually even if you do have an iSight camera, you might want to use a camcorder anyway to get a better picture.

To make your recording, you can choose File > Import from Camera, or click the Import Camera button found right here in iMovie's window. And just like that, you can now see me live in the lynda.com booth. Well, there is a site that lay between what I'm saying and what you're seeing here on screen. You can see I can select my camera from down here. I only have the one at this point. So I can say this is Garrick Chow reporting from the lynda.com booth. Of course, it's even better if I record it. So I'll just say Import. Again, I can create a new event here.

Just say "live in booth." Leave everything else the way it is, click Import and in a moment here, it's recording. So now I can look at the camera, say what I need to say, and when I am done recording I just click Stop. And then I can close this window and here is my "live in the booth" clip. (video playing) So that's how you can record live directly into iMovie 11.

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iMovie 11 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 44s
    1. Welcome
      45s
    2. Using the exercise files
      59s
  2. 1m 6s
    1. Making sure you have the latest version of iMovie
      1m 6s
  3. 19m 13s
    1. Types of connections
      1m 58s
    2. Importing from a tape-based camera
      5m 40s
    3. Importing from a memory-based camera
      4m 8s
    4. Importing from a digital still camera
      3m 31s
    5. Importing from other sources
      2m 24s
    6. Capturing live action
      1m 32s
  4. 11m 55s
    1. Interface overview
      2m 8s
    2. The Event Library and Event Browser
      4m 9s
    3. Selecting and adding clips to a project
      3m 3s
    4. The toolbar
      2m 35s
  5. 23m 53s
    1. Organizing events
      4m 28s
    2. Rating clips
      3m 26s
    3. Advanced rating tools
      2m 34s
    4. Tagging with keywords
      5m 6s
    5. Automatically finding people in your clips
      2m 15s
    6. Moving events to a different hard drive
      2m 15s
    7. Deleting unwanted clips from your hard drive
      3m 49s
  6. 26m 40s
    1. Creating a new project
      2m 36s
    2. Adding clips to the project
      5m 46s
    3. Trimming and slip edits
      3m 40s
    4. Fine-tuning clips
      2m 6s
    5. Splitting clips
      3m 0s
    6. Cropping and rotating
      5m 11s
    7. The advanced Edit tool
      2m 14s
    8. Using a traditional timeline
      2m 7s
  7. 51m 55s
    1. Creating and adjusting still clips
      3m 22s
    2. Incorporating photos
      5m 48s
    3. Adjusting color
      5m 51s
    4. Using transitions
      9m 5s
    5. Adding titles
      4m 1s
    6. Using one-step effects
      2m 14s
    7. Stabilizing video
      5m 7s
    8. Using green screen effects
      7m 0s
    9. Creating movie trailers
      9m 27s
  8. 36m 21s
    1. Adjusting audio levels and position
      6m 8s
    2. Adding music and sound effects
      7m 15s
    3. Adding background music
      6m 48s
    4. Adding a voiceover
      5m 4s
    5. Extracting audio from other clips
      2m 58s
    6. Editing to the beat
      8m 8s
  9. 35m 11s
    1. Exporting to iTunes
      4m 58s
    2. Exporting to the Media Browser
      3m 37s
    3. Sharing to iDVD
      51s
    4. Publishing to a MobileMe web gallery
      4m 26s
    5. Publishing to YouTube, Vimeo, and iReport
      4m 39s
    6. Publishing to Facebook
      2m 49s
    7. Exporting QuickTime movies
      2m 29s
    8. Exporting a project for Final Cut
      2m 26s
    9. Changing published projects
      57s
    10. Finalizing your project
      2m 5s
    11. Moving a project to another Mac
      5m 54s
  10. 41s
    1. Goodbye
      41s

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