iMovie 10.0.2 Essential Training
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iMovie 10.0.2 Essential Training

with Garrick Chow

Video: Rating clips

As you review the footage you've imported into iMovie, you're most likely But maybe this time, I don't like the part where then I'll press F to mark this as a Favorite.
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  1. 8m 10s
    1. Welcome
    2. Installing iMovie
      3m 48s
    3. How to use the exercise files
    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

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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
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Garrick Chow

Rating clips

As you review the footage you've imported into iMovie, you're most likely going to find that some parts are going to be more usable than others. For example, there's almost always some shots of the camera being raised up to shoot or dropped down at your side when you're done shooting before you stop recording. Or, maybe you're like me and have lots of footage of the inside of your camera bag from when you accidentally hit the record button before putting the camera away. So as you're going through your clips, it's a good idea to mark certain parts as, what iMovie refers to as, favorites. Favorites are pieces of footage that you have marked as good so you can easily identify them later when you want to use them in a project.

Similarly, you can also mark part of your clips as rejects, and set them up for deletion so they're not sitting there taking up space on your hard drive. So let's see how we do this. I'm going to review the footage of my running event, and first of all, I'm going to click this menu here, and switch the zoom slider back to five seconds, since I previously switched it, and there are a couple of shots in here that I really like. Like this shot here of me running by these farm silos. I want to mark that as a favorite. To do so, I'll just Cmd click it to select the entire clip, and then, I can either right click on that clip and choose Favorite, or, much more quickly, I can just press F on my keyboard.

And that puts this green bar at the top of my selection. So, when I come back to this event, I can see right away that I marked this footage as good and usable. Looks like there's some more footage here. And maybe I like this footage here of me running over these wooden stairs. But maybe this time, I don't like the part where the camera is moving into position at the very beginning. You can see a lot of camera shake there. So I'll just skim over it until I start entering the shot. It will be right about there, and I'll just click and drag to select. And then I'll press F to mark this as a Favorite. Now similarly, you can also mark footage as rejected so you don't waste your time reviewing it later.

For example, in this clip here, it's basically just footage of this camera panning over this wooden walkway. This footage isn't that great, and I'll probably never use it. So I'm going to select the entire clip, again, by Cmd clicking it, and this time, I can either right-click and choose Reject or, I can just press the Delete key on my keyboard. Notice the footage instantly disappears. I now see I have 32 items here instead of 33. And that's because I have the default display from my event browser selected, what you can see here is Hide Rejected. In this view, I can have only see footage that I haven't marked and footage that I've marked as favorites.

If I switched to all clips, now I see my rejected footage, but it still marked with a red bar. So, I know that I already deemed it unfit for any of my projects. We also have the option here of viewing just the rejected clips, in case you want to double check your work and really make sure there is nothing in here that you might want to use later. If you find that you do want to use something later, maybe I will just select the middle portion of the clip here, first I will deselect and then I'll drag across it. And I can right click on that and use Unrate, or press U. I'll now be able to see it when I choose Hide Rejected. So right here.

But it also left the rest of the clip that I didn't select as rejected. Similarly, I can unrate clips that I've marked as a favorite if I changed my mind or just marked it by accident. Just make a selection around the marked area, you might want to make the selection a little larger than the marked area to make sure you get it all, and then press u. That's going to go back to my rejected clips. Cmd click to select them both, and then rate those as well. So now that clip has been fully restored. So that's the basics of rating your clips as favorites or as rejects. It takes some time, but if you do this each time you import footage, it will make your life so much easier down the road when you need to locate your A material.

You can just switch your view to favorites only, and pick from your best footage in the event. Now in this case I only marked one as a favorite. So I'm just going to switch the view back to default Hide Rejected. And that's how to rate your footage in iMovie.

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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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