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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.
This chapter is all about getting your clips organized in iMovie. Sure, we could jump right in and start editing, but believe me, you definitely want to spend some time going through your clips and doing things like organizing them into events, rating them, and adding keywords. It'll make your life much easier as your library of clips continues to grow. So let's start by taking a look at how to further organize our events. As we've already seen, whenever you import clips iMovie always asks you whether you want to add the clips to an existing event or into a new event. So you have to place clips into events no matter what, but that doesn't mean the clips have to stay in those events.
You can split events up, merge them together, or completely get rid of them and the clips they contain. For example, my surfing event actually consists of twelve clips. If I drag the slider all the way to the right, you can see the individual clips a little bit better. Now there are two clips in here that are more shots of scenery than actual surfing, which are this one and this one. So let's say I want to have these clips in their own event. Just click anywhere inside the clip that you want to turn into its own event, then choose File > Split Event Before Clip. You can also right-click and select the same command from the right-click menu.
So notice now we have Surfing Clips 1 and Surfing Clips. I'm going to rename Surfing Clips 1 by double- clicking it, and I'll call this one Ocean Shots. So that's how easy it is to split footage into separate events. This is especially useful if you've imported footage from two completely different events, like your cousin's wedding and your vacation in the Swiss Alps. But also be aware that if you have more than two clips in an event, all the clips after the one you split from will be added to the new event.
For example, now that I look at this third clip, this is actually a surfing shot, so it belongs in this surfing event. Not really a problem. I'll just click anywhere in the clip, then I'll press Command A for select all to select the entire clip, and then I'll drag that into my Surfing Clips event. I'll confirm that I do want to move it, and just like that, it's gone from the Ocean Shots event, and it's now in the Surfing Clips event. But you really don't want to go too crazy with splitting up events. If two or more events really are related to each other, it's probably better to keep them as a single event or merge them back together if you've already split them.
Because events can start to add up, you can save yourself some space in your listed events by merging related events together. To do so, you simply drag one event on top of the other. So I can merge my two surfing events back together by grabbing say Ocean Shots and dragging that on top of Surfing Clips. So iMovie knows I want to merge the events together, and I'm going to keep the Surfing Clips name in this case, and now everything is back in the Surfing Clips event. Now when it comes to viewing the events in your Event Library, you have a couple of choices as to how they are displayed in here.
You'll find most of your choices under the View menu. You can see I have Most Recent Events at Top currently selected, which means all of my most recent events are at the top of my Event Library. You can also turn on Group Events By Disk. Remember, you can choose where you want to import your events into, and if you have an external hard drive, you can show your drives by selecting this option. So you can see right now on Macintosh hard drive. Those are those events. But I also have Drive A and Drive B. I also have an un-mounted network drive named Melanie, which is my co-worker's computer in here, which I'm not going to access from here.
But this view lets you see your events by drive. Alternately, you can toggle this view on and off using the drive button in the upper right-hand corner of the Event Library. Now, I'll just leave that off. Under the View menu, you can also view events by month, which can be really useful if you shoot a lot of video. This way you can quickly narrow down your search for footage by glancing at the month each event took place in. And the other choice here is to show separate days in events, and that can be useful if you, say, took a week long vacation and you want to be able to view the clips from each day.
Pretty much all of my clips were shot on the same day though, so we're not seeing any of the separation here. You might also find it useful to go to iMovie > Preferences, and under the Browser tab, you can choose Show date ranges in Event Library, so now you can see the date ranges under each event. So for instance if my surfing clips were shot between November 10th and November 15th, you would see November 10th 2010-November 15th 2010. I'm just going to turn that off.
Okay, so those are some of our options for organizing and viewing our events. I'm just going to make sure everything is set back to the default settings for now. You, of course, can have this set up any way you like. And in the next movie, we'll take a look at how to rate your clips.
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