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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 I mentioned previously, the point of using the Event Browser is to quickly locate, among all the not-so-great stuff, the good footage that you actually want to use in your iMovie project. But in order to add that good footage, you need to be able to select the footage. Now, I'll be getting into much more detail about selections in the chapter on editing, but for now, I want to give you a brief overview. Let's say I want to create a movie project using the surfing footage I imported earlier. I'm going to choose File > New Project, and here I'll call this project Surfing, and I'm going to have no theme selected in this case.
Now I happen to know that the footage I'm going to be using for this example was shot at 24 frames per second. In fact, iMovie is telling me that; you can see the little 24s in the lower left-hand corners of each of these clips. So I'm going to change my Frame Rate to 24 frames per second. The aspect ratio is widescreen, so I'll leave that selected. Leaving everything else the way it is, I'll click Create. So you can see now I'm working on the project called Surfing. Now we need to find the footage I want to use down here in my Event Library. Again, all you need to do is select the event and start skimming through it.
So I have Surfing Clips selected, and these are all the clips that are in this event. Incidentally, if you know all the footage you're going to need is coming from the selected event, you can toggle the Event Library closed to give yourself more room to work with the Event Browser. So let's say I want to start off with this footage of our surfer getting his wetsuit on. So I've placed my cursor where I want the footage to start, and then I click down and just drag across the clip. This is a lot like selecting text in a word processor; just click and drag. And I'm going to select the footage right before the camera moves up to his face, so right about there.
And then it's just a matter of dragging the selected clip into the Project pane. My surfing project now has one clip. Notice down here in the Event Browser that the portion of the event I used has an orange bar under it. This tells me at a glance that I've used this footage in a project, and the really nice thing is that I can now do whatever I want to this clip in the project and it won't have any effect on the source video in the Event Browser. Think of the clip in the project browser as an individual copy of the video from the Event Browser. Now viewing your project up here is pretty much the same as viewing content in the Event Browser.
By default, each clip I drag up is represented by still images that I can skim over. But I can use the slider if I want to see more stills from every couple of seconds, just like I can with the Events Browser. I can play back in real time just by placing my cursor where I want the playback to start and pressing the Spacebar. Or I can just play a selection by selecting it, and I'm pressing the Forward Slash key on my keyboard. I can even play from the beginning in full screen.
Once it reaches the end of the project, the full screen will close. So viewing your project involves the same controls and options as viewing your raw source video in the Event Browser. Now again, I'll be getting in to much more detail about assembling your clips into a project in the chapter on editing; but for now that's the overview I'd like you to have about the project area and dragging clips into it from the Event Browser.
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