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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.
In this chapter, we're going to look at editing our clips together to create our movie project. And if you've been following along up to this point, you've pretty much seen the basics already. Assembling a movie in iMovie pretty much consists of two basic concepts. First, select the clip you want to use in the Event Browser, and second, drag that clip into the Project area, and third, repeat until you're done. Now there are other intermediate steps involving fine-tuning your selections and rearranging your clips, and you can add some extras with titles and transitions and music, but the basic process is, select the clip and drag it in.
And everything starts with a new iMovie project. The project is where you assemble your clips into your final movie. So let's start from the very beginning, a very good place to start, and create a new project. Now, I already created a project called Surfing previously, but I'll just go to my Project Library, select the project, and I'm going to press Command+Delete on my keyboard to move it to my system trash. You can also right-click or Ctrl+Click on projects and choose Move to Trash. Okay, so let's create a new project from scratch. We go to File > New Project.
You basically have two decisions to make here: what your project is going to be called and what aspect ratio it's going to be in. Try to name your project with a short but descriptive name, but don't sweat it too much because you can always change the name as much as you like at anytime. I am going to call this project Surfing Ventura. Now as far as the aspect ratio goes, you want to pick the one that best matches the footage you're going to be using. If you shot your footage with an HD camera in widescreen mode, you would choose Widescreen. If you shot it with a digital still camera that doesn't shoot widescreen, you are probably going to be choosing Standard (4:3), which is the same ratio as non-widescreen TVs.
However, do bear in mind that the aspect ratio you're choosing here is for how you want your project to be outputted. So you could certainly choose Standard and import widescreen footage and adjust its size to make it fit, if that's what your project requires. In any case, you can change the ratio later on just by bringing up its properties, but do try to pick the one that best matches your footage if you can, or else you are going to spend a lot of time cropping and fitting your footage later. Now the surfing footage we're going to be using is widescreen, so I'm choosing that. Now I also know that the majority of the footage will be using was shot at 24 frames per second, so I'm going to choose a Frame Rate of 24 frames per second.
Generally though, unless you've purposely change the settings on your camera, your footage will most likely be at 30 frames per second, if you're in North America. If you're in Europe, you'll probably have 25 frames per second. I'm going to go with no theme for this example. I'll talk more about themes and the Movie Trailers feature later. So with all these settings the way they are, I'm going to click Create, and now we have a new empty project to start dragging our clips into, and we'll start building this project in the next movie.
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