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Importing from a digital still camera

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Video: Importing from a digital still camera

A lot of today's digital still cameras also shoot video, so it makes sense that you should be able to edit that video in iMovie. Many people these days probably shoot more video on their digital cameras than with dedicated video cameras, because they usually have their digital camera with them in their pocket. Lots of people are even shooting video with their cell phones, which are producing better quality videos than ever. Now, most cell phone movies are not going to be HD quality, but if you just want to edit and upload a video you shot so your friends can check it out over the Internet, the quality and file size is fine for that. Of course when you want high-quality video, you still can't beat an actual video camera, but a lot of today's digital still cameras are getting fairly close.

Importing from a digital still camera

A lot of today's digital still cameras also shoot video, so it makes sense that you should be able to edit that video in iMovie. Many people these days probably shoot more video on their digital cameras than with dedicated video cameras, because they usually have their digital camera with them in their pocket. Lots of people are even shooting video with their cell phones, which are producing better quality videos than ever. Now, most cell phone movies are not going to be HD quality, but if you just want to edit and upload a video you shot so your friends can check it out over the Internet, the quality and file size is fine for that. Of course when you want high-quality video, you still can't beat an actual video camera, but a lot of today's digital still cameras are getting fairly close.

Now digital cameras fall into the realm of iPhoto, so when you plug your still camera or your camera's memory card into your Mac, iPhoto should open by default. I'm going to plug in a memory card for my camera into my Mac right now, and if I look down at the dock, sure enough, iPhoto started bouncing. It opens up, and here is my memory card selected here in iPhoto. Now the same thing happens if you have an iPhone, an iPod touch, or some other portable device your Mac thinks of as a camera. Now just in case iPhoto doesn't open for you when you plug in your camera, let me show where that setting is.

In your Application folder, you'll find an application called Image Capture, and you can see here under DEVICES, my storage card is selected, and down here at the bottom, it says Connecting this camera opens: and I have a menu here, from which I can choose what I want to have open when I plug this card in. You can even choose No Application if you want nothing to open, but in this case I do want iPhoto to open, so I am going to leave that selected. If you don't see this panel open up, make sure you toggle it open. All right, so I'll quit Image Capture. So my preferences are properly set, my storage device showed up here in iPhoto, and now I can import the photos or videos that I want from it.

I do have a couple of videos down here at the bottom I'll grab. I'll just say Import Selected, and I'll choose keep them on my card at this time, and I'll quit iPhoto. So now if I come back into iMovie, I don't see any change yet, but first look over here at the Event Library. Now I'm going to quit iMovie. Reopen it. You might have seen that dialog box open for a moment there, telling me iMovie had to update the iPhoto videos.

You may also see this dialog box appear, telling me iMovie needs to generate thumbnails for the videos in my iPhoto Library, and this process may take several minutes depending on how many videos you have. You will need to do this if you want to use your videos from iPhoto in iMovie, so I'm going to click Now. So you can see now in my Event Library I have this iPhoto Videos event. This event will show me all the videos that are in my iPhoto Library. I can even scrub through them to check them out a bit.

Now Apple does warn that not all video formats shot by still cameras are supported in iMovie, but I personally haven't come across any formats that didn't work yet. But just be aware that you might not be able to use every single type of video file in iMovie. Now it may seem a little odd that you can't import your still camera's videos directly into iMovie, but iLife is really about keeping all of your digital media organized. By keeping all medias shot on your digital camera in iPhoto, you always know where everything is. You don't have to go honing around in iPhoto and iMovie separately to find a particular clip. And with iMovie's ability to look directly into the iPhoto Library and use any clip you want, importing videos into iPhoto is just as good as importing them directly into iMovie--and of course you have the added bonus of being able to use any of your still images in iMovie 2, but we'll get to that later on.

Okay, so that's how you get to your iPhoto videos from iMovie.

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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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