iMovie 10.0.2 Essential Training
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Fine-tuning clips


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iMovie 10.0.2 Essential Training

with Garrick Chow

Video: Fine-tuning clips

As we've already seen, it's easy to select the portions of the clips you want to add to your project just be selecting them in the event browser, and then dragging them into your project. But it's not very easy to be precise about exactly which frames of the clip you're starting and ending with. That's where the precision editor comes in. It lets you fine tune the moment where one clip stops, and the next one begins. It can be useful in cases where you want to time the start of a clip exactly with a music cue, or if there's something at the end of the shot that you want to cut out at exactly the right moment. Now you may have noticed that between each clip you add to the timeline, you see these dark, vertical bars.
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  1. 8m 10s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. Installing iMovie
      3m 48s
    3. How to use the exercise files
      27s
    4. What's new in 10.0.6
      3m 3s
  2. 10m 31s
    1. Understanding connector types
      1m 28s
    2. Importing from a tape-based camera
      3m 8s
    3. Importing from a memory-based camera
      2m 55s
    4. Importing video files
      1m 34s
    5. Capturing live action
      1m 26s
  3. 15m 17s
    1. Interface overview
      4m 41s
    2. Browsing events in the iMovie Library
      3m 35s
    3. Selecting and adding clips to a project
      7m 1s
  4. 11m 53s
    1. Organizing events
      2m 57s
    2. Rating clips
      3m 34s
    3. Moving events to a different hard drive
      3m 40s
    4. Deleting unwanted clips from your hard drive
      1m 42s
  5. 22m 55s
    1. Creating a new project
      1m 28s
    2. Adding clips to the project
      7m 33s
    3. Trimming and slip editing
      3m 6s
    4. Fine-tuning clips
      2m 31s
    5. Splitting, inserting, and connecting clips
      5m 6s
    6. Cropping and rotating
      3m 11s
  6. 1h 14m
    1. Creating and adjusting still clips
      4m 18s
    2. Incorporating photos
      5m 52s
    3. Adjusting color
      8m 34s
    4. Using transitions
      9m 55s
    5. Adding titles
      4m 31s
    6. Adjusting the speed of clips
      12m 5s
    7. Stabilizing video
      3m 55s
    8. Adding cutaways, side-by-side video, and picture-in-picture effects
      5m 26s
    9. Using green-screen effects
      8m 23s
    10. Applying video effects
      1m 59s
    11. Creating movie trailers
      9m 30s
  7. 35m 3s
    1. Adjusting audio levels and position
      9m 39s
    2. Adding music and sound effects
      8m 42s
    3. Adding background music
      6m 25s
    4. Adding a voiceover
      5m 5s
    5. Extracting audio from clips
      3m 12s
    6. Applying audio effects
      2m 0s
  8. 14m 3s
    1. Exporting to iMovie Theater
      6m 26s
    2. Exploring the other sharing options
      7m 37s
  9. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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3h 13m Beginner Mar 24, 2014 Updated Dec 03, 2014

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iMovie may seem simple, but it offers many of the same features as more powerful video-editing applications, including timeline-based editing, transitions, image stabilization, and even green-screen effects. It even costs much less, and comes preinstalled on all new Macs. Here Garrick Chow shows you how to create your own great looking movies to share with family and friends in iMovie. Learn how to import video from cameras and iOS devices, organize clips into a narrative, trim away unwanted footage and insert new clips, and add transitions, photos, titles, and other special effects. Garrick also shows how to enhance your movie with sound effects and music and then export your movie and share it with the world.

Topics include:
  • Importing video
  • Organizing events
  • Adding clips to a project
  • Trimming and split editing
  • Cropping and rotating
  • Adjusting color
  • Adjusting the speed of clips
  • Creating movie trailers
  • Adding background music and voice-over
  • Sharing your movies
Subjects:
Business Video
Software:
iMovie
Author:
Garrick Chow

Fine-tuning clips

As we've already seen, it's easy to select the portions of the clips you want to add to your project just be selecting them in the event browser, and then dragging them into your project. But it's not very easy to be precise about exactly which frames of the clip you're starting and ending with. That's where the precision editor comes in. It lets you fine tune the moment where one clip stops, and the next one begins. It can be useful in cases where you want to time the start of a clip exactly with a music cue, or if there's something at the end of the shot that you want to cut out at exactly the right moment. Now you may have noticed that between each clip you add to the timeline, you see these dark, vertical bars.

Those represent the transitions between the clips. And by default, there are no transitions. Right now, each clip begins as soon as the preceding clip ends, so we have these sharp cuts between the clips. We'll talk more about adding different types of transitions later, but for now I point them out because that's how you get to the precision editor. To use a precision editor double click the transition point between the two clips you want to edit. So now we're in the precision editing view. These dots you see represent each cut in your project. Meeting the point where one clip ends and the next one begins. The dot between the two overlapping clips, represents the edit point you're currently working on.

So you can simply drag it left and right. Notice that gives me fine grain control over where this clip ends. Just by watching it here in the viewer. So in this case, maybe I want to adjust the first shot, so it ends when I run behind this tree. Notice that doing so, shortens the first clip, while lengthening the second clip. So basically the total time of the two clips, remains the same. Now I could only drive this back as far as this second clip will allow me. Once I reach it's beginning, I can't drag any further because there's no more of that second clip to show. If I really wanted to end the first clip a little bit earlier, I can now just drag that to the right. But that's going to shorten the overall time of both clips.

But if you're okay with that, you can feel free to drag either of these clips left and right to make your adjustments. But in this case, I'm just going to set that back. To approximately where it was before. Now while I'm here in the precision editor, I can click any of these other edit points to edit them as well. So maybe I want to adjust the point here where you see my foot enter the screen. So, and again, notice that this doesn't make your overall project any longer or shorter. Because as you lengthen or shorten a clip, you're also lengthening or shortening the clip that follows it, too. Only when you move the clips themselves do you change the length of your project. And when I'm done in here, I can just click to close the position editor, or I can click anywhere in the time line outside of the clip.

And that's how you fine tune the edit points between the clips in your project.

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Q: This course was updated on 12/03/2014. What changed?
A: There is a new movie that covers the changes to iMovie 10.0.6. The author also updated the "Exploring the other sharing options" movie.
 
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