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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.
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 is 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've marked as good, so you can easily identify them later when you want to use them in a project.
Similarly, you can also mark parts 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 to do this. I'm going to review the footage in my surfing event here. Now there are a couple of shots here I really like. First of all, let me switch to my view back here to about 5 seconds for the Event Browser, so I can skim through a little bit easier. And I kind of like the shot of the waves rolling in front of the pier here, and I want to mark this as a favorite. To do so, I just click and drag to select the footage I want to mark. In this case, maybe I want the entire clip, so I'll just start on its left side, drag to the right, and select the entire clip.
I am going to come up here to the toolbar and click the Mark as Favorite button. Notice that instantly puts a green bar at the top of my selection, so whenever I come back to this event I can see right away that I marked this footage as good and usable. And I can do the same with this shot of our surfer friend looking out over the waves. Now maybe this time I don't like the part at the beginning where the camera is sort of getting into position, but the rest of the shot looks good to me, so I'll just skim over it until the camera sort of comes to a rest, right about there, and I'll drag to select the rest of the clip there, and mark that as a favorite.
So you can see just that selected portion is marked with the green bar now. Similarly, you can also mark footage as rejected so you don't waste your time reviewing it later. For example, maybe this clip here where the camera is in the water and our subject is probably too far away, and it's pretty shaky camera-work to begin with, and I'll probably never use this footage. So I'm going to select this footage. I'm just going to click on it once, hit Command+A for select all to select the entire clip, and this time I'm going to click this X button, which is the Reject button.
Notice the footage automatically disappears. That's because I have the default display for my Event Browser selected, which is Favorites and Unmarked. In this view, I only see the footage that I haven't marked and footage that I have marked as a favorite. If I switch to All Clips, you can see that footage comes back, but it's marked with a red bar so I know I already deemed it unfit for any of my projects. We also have the option of viewing just rejected clips, by selecting Rejected Only. That's nice in case you want to double-check your work and really make sure there's nothing that you might want to use later.
If you find there is something here you want to use--maybe the second-half isn't as bad as I thought, for example-- I can just select that portion and then click the Unmark button, which you can see, it sends just that portion back to my main events here. So that's the basics of rating your clips as favorites or rejects. It does take some time, but if you do this each time when you import your footage, it'll make your life so much easier down the road when you need to quickly locate your A material.
You can then just switch your view to Favorites Only and pick from your best footage in the event. Next, we'll go a step further and look at some more advanced ways of marking your footage.
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