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Interface overview

From: iMovie 11 Essential Training

Video: Interface overview

Now that we've gotten some footage into iMovie, I'd like to take some time to examine the iMovie window and interface. It's actually a pretty simple setup, but there are some key terms and interface elements that you should familiarize yourself with before you actually start using iMovie to edit video. For the most part, iMovie is a one-window application, a lot like its iLife siblings iTunes, GarageBand, iWeb, iPhoto, and iDVD. You will open other panels occasionally to tweak settings, but all the action is pretty much contained right here in this one window. As you can see, the window is divided into several areas, or panes.

Interface overview

Now that we've gotten some footage into iMovie, I'd like to take some time to examine the iMovie window and interface. It's actually a pretty simple setup, but there are some key terms and interface elements that you should familiarize yourself with before you actually start using iMovie to edit video. For the most part, iMovie is a one-window application, a lot like its iLife siblings iTunes, GarageBand, iWeb, iPhoto, and iDVD. You will open other panels occasionally to tweak settings, but all the action is pretty much contained right here in this one window. As you can see, the window is divided into several areas, or panes.

We'll go into more details with each area in the following movies, but briefly, this is the Event Library here, which displays all the footage you've imported into iMovie, organized by event. And this is the event browser over here on the right, which shows you the content of whichever events you have selected over here on the left. In the upper-left here, we have the Project pane, and this is where you drag in the clips you want to use. And the pane to the far-right is viewer, which is where your video plays. Now each separate movie you intend on exporting from iMovie is considered its own project, and you'll find each project in the Project Library.

So you can come here to switch between your projects. I only have the one called My First Project right now, so I'll just double-click on it to go back to the Project pane. So basically, the bottom of the window is dedicated to your events and the top of the window is dedicated to your projects. Although if you want or need more room to work with a long video project, you can click this button here to instantly switch the Project and Events panes. Pretty cool feature. Notice the viewer stays put the entire time on the right-hand side here, though. I'm going to go ahead and switch that back.

Now this area between the Project and Events panes is called the toolbar, and it's here where you'll open other panels to fine-tune or adjust your movie project, or click on any of these buttons. One last thing I want to point out is that unlike many other applications, there is no Save command found under the File menu in iMovie. iMovie automatically saves any changes you make to your projects, so you never have to worry about losing any edits should your Mac crash or should the power go out. But that's pretty much it for the general overview of the iMovie interface. Over the next couple of movies, I'll go into a little more detail about each of these areas and what they are for.

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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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