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Creating a new project

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Video: Creating a new project

In this chapter, we're going to look at how to put together an iMovie project from scratch. Any time you want to create a new movie to share with your friends, family, or anyone else, you need to create a new project. Start in the main iMovie screen, also known as the project screen, because this is where you access your existing projects as well as create new ones. Tap the plus button to create a new project. That takes you into the Project view with a new project open and you can immediately start adding clips to it. And as we saw earlier, adding a clip to your project is as simple as selecting it and tapping it again.

Creating a new project

In this chapter, we're going to look at how to put together an iMovie project from scratch. Any time you want to create a new movie to share with your friends, family, or anyone else, you need to create a new project. Start in the main iMovie screen, also known as the project screen, because this is where you access your existing projects as well as create new ones. Tap the plus button to create a new project. That takes you into the Project view with a new project open and you can immediately start adding clips to it. And as we saw earlier, adding a clip to your project is as simple as selecting it and tapping it again.

We're going to take a detailed look at how to add clips in an upcoming movie, so right now I want to take a look at some settings and options you have with your projects. I'll tap the Settings button in the upper right-hand corner to open Project Settings, and at the top of this menu are your Themes. Themes in iMovie control the appearance of the transitions and titles you add to your project. A transition is the effect that occurs between individual clips and titles are the text you add to your movie like captions. The default theme is always Modern, but you can open settings at any time and choose from any of these other themes.

The thumbnails of the themes give you an idea of the general look and feel of them, but the best way to see a theme in action is to just select one and see how it affects your project. I have a short project that I created beforehand so I could demonstrate some themes. So I'm going to go back to my project viewer and select that project. So here's my project and I'll play the first few seconds -- (Garrick on camera: Hey, this is the Bernheisel road entrance for the Appalachian Trail. (My destination is Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, about 10 miles that way, so I better get going.) So right there you saw some text appear on this clip, so that's a title, and when this clip ended and the next clip began you saw sort of a custom transition.

So we'll take a look at again here. There's little wipe right there. That's the transition. And I was using the default Modern theme, which you can see if I open Settings. So you can see Modern is currently selected. If I want to try a different theme, all I have to do is scroll over to it and off I rollback in my Timeline, you can see I've different text,and a different transition.

And if I choose another one and play that again. You see we get a very different look here as well. Now we'll see later that you don't have to use these flashy, animated transitions if you don't want to, but I just wanted you to know that it's very easy to change your mind about themes. And themes aren't just about titles and transitions. Each theme also comes with built-in background music. All I've to do is turn it on by tapping Theme Music and then I can play my video to hear it.

(Music playing) So music especially can drastically change the tone of your project. Let's try another theme. (Music playing) Now you're not limited to the music that comes with the theme. We'll see later you can add your own background music, and we'll see that if your chosen music isn't long enough for your project, you can keep this Loop Background Music option turned on to have iMovie replay your music from the start once it reaches the end.

The other two settings we have here are Fade in from black and Fade out to black. These simply add nice basic fades at the beginning and end of your project so the picture doesn't just start and end abruptly. So there you have the basics of creating a new project and understanding themes. Probably the most important thing to keep in mind about themes is that they're not permanent and you can change them at any time. So feel free to experiment with them and see how they can change the look and feel of your project.

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