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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.
As you become more proficient at iMovie, you might find down the road somewhere that you're starting to feel a little limited by its capabilities. Now, if you have made it through all of these movies, I think you'll agree that iMovie 11 is no slouch. It can definitely do some very cool things and give your movies a professional look. But the reality is that it's a movie editor for the masses, so it has to be limited and easy enough for anyone to use. So if you're getting ready to move on to the world of professional video editing applications like Apple's Final Cut Express or Final Cut Pro, that doesn't mean you have to leave all of your iMovie projects behind you and start from scratch to continue work on the project you started in iMovie.
So the last option we have here is Share > Export Final Cut XML. What this does is export a text file written in XML, which is what Final Cut reads, but you can then open in Final Cut Express or Final Cut Pro, and continue working with your iMovie project from there, with Final Cut's full arsenal of editing tools at your disposal. Now, not everything will make it over the translation. If you choose this option, you will see this list of things that will not be exported XML file. That includes things like titles, voiceover, and sound effects, cropping and Ken Burn's effects. All your transitions are going to be represented by cross dissolves, and green screen and picture and picture clips will not be exported.
But your basic layout and edits will remain intact, and you can use that as the starting point to continue working on your project in Final Cut. So those are the other three export and sharing options you have available in iMovie 11 for when you want to step outside the borders of iLife. Lastly, under the Share menu we have the Remove from menu, and this is for when you want to remove your movie from any of the locations or services to which you published it. So, for example, if you want to remove a video from YouTube, you would select Remove from > YouTube. Now, in some cases the files will automatically be removed from the service or location you selected, but in other cases like this one, you might just be presented with instructions to visit the web site where you have an account and manually remove your video.
So you can see all it's telling me here is I have to go My Videos page on the YouTube web site, and I could click Go to YouTube to go directly there to delete this video. But this Remove from menu should be the first place you go if you were just publishing a video or if you just simply want to take it down. Of course, you can also go to the Share To bar up here, and from each one of these places where you have shared a video to, you can choose Remove from Facebook, Remove from YouTube, Remove from MobileMe, and Remove from iTunes, and any other place you have published to will appear in the bar up here, and you can use its icon to remove your video.
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