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Selecting and adding clips to a project

From: iMovie 11 Essential Training

Video: Selecting and adding clips to a project

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.

Selecting and adding clips to a project

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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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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