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The Event Library and Event Browser

From: iMovie 11 Essential Training

Video: The Event Library and Event Browser

Okay, let's take a closer look now on how we work with the Event Library. As I mentioned earlier, iMovie 11 is about organizing all of the videos on your Mac into a single library, and the Event Library is where that happens. From here, you can access any video you've ever imported into iMovie and use it on any project you want. We've already seen that events are organized in a couple of different ways. We can see the last event we imported, our iPhoto videos. And the rest of the events are organized by year, and by the event's name. So when you select any event in the Event Library, its contents are shown over here on the right in the Event browser.

The Event Library and Event Browser

Okay, let's take a closer look now on how we work with the Event Library. As I mentioned earlier, iMovie 11 is about organizing all of the videos on your Mac into a single library, and the Event Library is where that happens. From here, you can access any video you've ever imported into iMovie and use it on any project you want. We've already seen that events are organized in a couple of different ways. We can see the last event we imported, our iPhoto videos. And the rest of the events are organized by year, and by the event's name. So when you select any event in the Event Library, its contents are shown over here on the right in the Event browser.

This is called the source video, because it always remains exactly as you imported it and won't be altered by any changes or edits you make to it in the Project pane up here. So you can use the same footage over and over again in several different projects without worrying about messing up the original source video. Now, what we're seeing by default here is a frame for every five seconds a video. This is a good way to browse through and find exactly the moment what you want to use. You just skim through your video by dragging your mouse over the thumbnails.

You can also expand or contract this filmstrip layout if you need to see more frames at once, or less. Just grab the slider here in the lower right-hand corner and either drag it to the left or to the right. Dragging all the way to the left is good when you want to be very precise with your selections, because you're now seeing an image for every half second of footage and you can skim slowly through it. Dragging the slider all the way to the right shows you just single images representing each individual clip, and skimming over these is very quick.

But the default five-second setting is probably a good place to start, so I'm going to set that back to 5 seconds. By the way, if you don't like hearing the audio while you're skimming, which is kind of distracting to me as I'm trying to teach the interface to you, you can just click this button right here and that will mute the audio when you're skimming. So that's much better for me. Now skimming is not the only way to examine your footage; you'll often want to play a selection from your Event Browser in real time, and there are couple of ways of doing this. First, you can place your cursor where you want to start video playing and you don't actually have to click; just move your cursor there. And then hit the Spacebar on your keyboard to start it playing.

iMovie will continue to play the event until the end, unless you press Space again--which I just did--or click elsewhere to stop playback. If you only want to play a specific area, click and drag through that area and then right-click or Ctrl+Click on that selection and choose Play Selection. So you can see iMovie just played that one selection and then stopped. Alternately, you can choose View > Play Selection, or just press the Forward Slash button on your keyboard.

Now, we also have the option of playing all the clips of the entire selected event from the very beginning by using this button down here in the lower left-hand corner. Or you can go to full screen with this button to its left. I'm just going to press Escape to leave Full Screen view. Now, depending on how powerful your Mac is, you might experience some stuttering or hiccups when you're doing full screen playback. If you run into issues like this, you can go to iMovie > Preferences, and under the General tab, you'll see a menu here to select how full screen playback behaves.

When working with HD video, you might want to choose Entire Screen - Reduced Resolution if your Mac is having trouble keeping up. You also have the choices of Actual Size, which plays the video edit's native resolution, and Half Size, which plays the video at half of its native resolution. If you're not working with HD video, you may also see an option to play video at double size. In any case, you'll probably want to play around with the settings here to see what works best for your project. If your Mac does have a good video card, you probably want to keep Entire Screen selected. So I'll go ahead and close Preferences.

So again, the reason we use the Events Browser is to find the footage that we want to use in our project, but in order to add the clips to our project, we have to know how to select the portion of the clip we want to use, and we'll talk about how to do that next.

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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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