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Cutting for flow-trimming techniques and fine-tuning edits

From: Creating a Vacation Video with iMovie

Video: Cutting for flow-trimming techniques and fine-tuning edits

The art of making one of your highlight reels much more exciting and much more viewable for your audience is to make sure that you have a really tight fine-tuned edit. Let's step into 02_02 and talk a little bit about editing strategies and some fine-tuning techniques. Now I've simply slugged in six shots of the kids zip-lining, and let's go ahead and watch just a few seconds of this to see how it feels. Now I did had an establishing shot of the kids where they are and then me putting up my camera about to shoot.

Cutting for flow-trimming techniques and fine-tuning edits

The art of making one of your highlight reels much more exciting and much more viewable for your audience is to make sure that you have a really tight fine-tuned edit. Let's step into 02_02 and talk a little bit about editing strategies and some fine-tuning techniques. Now I've simply slugged in six shots of the kids zip-lining, and let's go ahead and watch just a few seconds of this to see how it feels. Now I did had an establishing shot of the kids where they are and then me putting up my camera about to shoot.

(video playing) And then I have Ian zip-lining and I have him leaving and then it feels like about an hour later, I have him coming back. Now in real life, this did take about a minute, but we don't want to experience real-life. If you watch television, most shots change between every four to six seconds. It keeps the pace going and makes it exciting. So we're going to go ahead and tighten this up to make it a much more dynamic video. The first thing I want to do is take this establishing shot of the kids and instead of it being about four seconds long, I want it to be about half that length, just to establish they're going to the zip-line.

So to do that, I can simply click and drag on the middle range and choose about two seconds. Now if I want to use this two seconds, I can go up to the Clip menu and I choose Trim to Selection. The keyboard shortcut is Command+B. So I'll let you use the pulldown menu once, but from now on Command+B to choose the best part of the clip that you want to keep. Think of it that way, Command+B for the best part. So now I've clicked on it and I have two nice seconds here to establish the kids. We're going to come back to this shot here of me working with the cameras in just a moment, but what I really want to do is I want to tighten up these two clips here.

First of all, I have Ian leaving and riding and riding and riding and then I have him coming back and coming back and coming back. So let's go ahead and shorten this to the best parts. So the action starts pretty quick. But after about this point, I know where he is going. So I'm going to go ahead, grab the edge, bring it down to about the area where I want to cut and simply hit Command+B, and now instead of having 9 or 10 seconds of video, I have a nice quick three-second shot. On the flip side, when he's coming back, I don't want to wait forever.

I want to pick it up right where the action happens. And I want to stop after he lands. Now let's go ahead and select this clip and trim out the area where he's taking forever to come and about that point I want to cut back to the clip. Now before, I selected the range I wanted to keep and hit Command+B. Another thing you can do is select the range that you want to delete and you can go ahead and you can say Delete Selection. The keyboard shortcut there is simply the Delete key and this will remove the beginning of that long wait for him to come back.

Let's take a look at how that edit feels. (video playing) That's a little more exciting. We may stretch out that edit a little bit because we may want to hear the word cannonball screamed by my other son. So let's go ahead and fine- tune that in our Precision Editor. Now to get to the Precision Editor, simply click on this cog and choose Precision Editor. What this brings up is our outgoing shot and our incoming shot, and I can simply do what's called a roll edit and move the cut point back and forth to get the exact words that I want.

Now I can't actually see the waveform. So I'm going to go ahead and click this button here and now I can see the waveform of Daniel screaming cannonball and Ian coming back. Let's take a look and a listen. (video playing) So much to my surprise, my son does not say the entire word cannonball. So it really doesn't matter whether I cut earlier or later, but as you can see I simply move this back and forth and as soon as I let go, the edit is updated.

When you're finished, click Done and you can play it back in your Timeline. Another thing I want to point out is this great camera shot. Now this is probably the best shot I've ever taken in my life and it's me holding up my cameras. Okay maybe it's not the best shot yet, because I don't quite get the camera into frame before Ian starts his move. So let's go ahead and go back to our cog, and instead of choosing the Precision Editor, we're going to choose the Clip Trimmer.

Now in the Clip Trimmer, I can actually make a shot longer at the beginning or longer or shorter at the end, but what I really want to do is I want to move this whole area because I think the duration of two to three seconds is good, but I want to make sure that at the very end, the camera comes right up as if I'm about to start shooting. When I have my timing exactly how I want it, I can simply press Done and go back and see how it looks in context of my edit. (video playing) That's pretty good.

As you can see, shorter, tighter video, cutting on the action and keeping the pace of your video moving are all elements that are going to make it a much more enjoyable and mesmerizing video to your audience.

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