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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.
Now let's take a look at how to create a still image from a frame from one of your clips in iMovie '11. Occasionally, you might want to create a still image, just so you can draw attention to a particular image or scene from your footage. It's actually very easy to do this. First, you want to find the frame that you want to use as a still image. For example, maybe in this clip here of our surfers walking towards the water, we can skim through that. Maybe right there. I like that frame. All we do now is right-click, and we choose Add Still Frame to Project, and up it goes. Now if I play that part of my project right now, notice a subtle zooming effect has been applied to it. This is what Apple calls the Ken Burns effect.
Ken Burns is the famous documentarian, and he uses a lot of old still photos in his work, and they are usually treated with zooms and pans across them while dramatic music plays in the background. Now if you don't like that effect, or if you just want to adjust it, it's very easy to do. First, let's take a look at it again. Notice when I roll over it we can see that it is a four-second clip; in fact, I will do skim over and you can see the effect. It's very subtle, but it's definitely a zoom-out that we are seeing right there. To change the effect, roll over the Crop button that appears in the clip, double-click it, and now we can see our crop areas.
Now notice in addition to the green frame that we normally see when we are doing a regular crop, there is also a red frame. I am just going to drag to move the green frame and make it a little bit smaller. Let's move it over here. Notice that the green frame is labeled Start and the red frame is labeled End. The Start box frames the portion of the image you want to see when the frame first appears on screen, and the End box is the portion you want to see by the end of the clip. So basically you just position inside both boxes, and iMovie creates the zoom effect between the two points.
So maybe at the beginning I want to be zoomed in on our surfer, and at then end I want the entire frame to be in view, which it's already set to right now. Notice this yellow arrow here that indicates which direction the zoom is going to occur in. We can Preview this by clicking the Play button, and we can also easily swap the beginning and end points using the Swap button right here. And we can see how that looks. Now, we are zooming in. I kind of like it the other way better, so I am going to swap that back.
Now to adjust how long this zoom takes, I am going to click Done. Then I am going to click the Action button over the clip and choose Clip Adjustments, and you can see right now the duration is set to four seconds. So if I want this to take a little longer, I may change it to, say, maybe six seconds. Notice we also have the option to make this the default duration for all still clips, but I will leave that unchecked and click Done. So now it's a six-second clip, and you can notice that it got longer in the Project pane. So if I press my Spacebar now, it takes six seconds to get the full frame.
Now if we want to lose the Ken Burns effect altogether just go back and double-click the Crop button again, and in here, just click Fit. That just fits the entire frame to your project and takes away all motion. Then click Done, and now it's just a still image that takes six seconds of screen time. See there is no motion, but the playhead here is moving. And you can still adjust how long it's on screen by going back to your Clip Adjustments and changing the duration, if you need to. So that's how to create a still frame from your footage, and some options you have for presenting it in your project.
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