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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.
Another kind of way you might find yourself performing on your clips a lot is splitting. Splitting is useful when you have a clip in which you want to keep all the footage, but maybe also want to stick some additional footage somewhere in the middle of that clip. So for example, take a look at this clip here where I'm coming up and down these stairs, and then running across the road. Now, I also have a close up shot in my event browser of my feet descending those stairs. So what I would like to do is to cut away to that close up hasn't coming down the stairs in the shot in my timeline. There are actually several ways to do this. The first method is to skim your mouse over the clip in the timeline to the point where you want that cut to occur.
Maybe right about there. Once you're there, either right-click and choose Split Clip or use the keyboard shortcut of Cmd+B. As you can see, that's created a split exactly where my mouse was. Now, I can come up to the event browser and make a selection of my feet coming down the stairs. And then I can drag that to the gap between the two clips. And now it looks like this. Now of course we have this issue where it looks like I'm going down the steps twice because splitting the clip doesn't remove any of the footage, it just splits it. We'll fix that in a moment, but for now, let me just hit Cmd+Z to undo, dragging that clip in.
I also want to mention that if you split a clip by accident, you an also Shift-click to select the two pieces and choose Modify > Join Clips to put them back together. Let me show you another way to insert that close up footage. Now, as before, I'm going to place my mouse where I want the cut to occur. But this time I'm going to click to place the playhead there. The selection of the footage is still made here in my event browser, so that's fine. I'm going to come up to the Edit menu. And here I'll find Insert. If you recall from earlier, I mention that there's a difference between Add to Movie and Insert. Add to Movie always places the selected clip at the end of the timeline.
Insert on the other hand places your selection wherever the play head is and since the play head is in the middle of a clip, when I choose Insert, it splits the clip at that point and inserts my selection. So, I get the same results as before, but with a few less steps. Now, I still have that same problem where the clips don't really work together quite yet. But, it's easy to fix that by simply trimming the beginning of the second half of the original clip to the point where I've already reached the bottom of the steps. Right about there. And now the sequence looks much better.
Also you probably notice that we're hearing the changes between the clips in terms of the audio, but that's something we can fix once we start working with audio. Let me show you one more way to accomplish what we've done here. . I'm going to press Cmd+Z a couple of times to get back to where we started. So I've undone the insert and got rid of the split. Now the other command here under the Edit menu between Add to Movie and Insert is Connect. To see how this works, I'm again going to make sure my playhead is where when that closer to appear. And then with the selection of the close up made here, I chose Edit > Connect.
Or you can also press Q. So this time the close up clip appears above the other clip, rather than splitting it. Let's play it and see how it looks. So, when you connect a clip, the video cuts away to it for its entire duration and then cuts back to the original clip. Basically whichever clip is on top is what appears on screen. One of the nice things about this method is that, if the timer works out, you don't have to split and trim the original clip. Also when you connect clips you hear the video from both clips play simultaneously which you may or may not want.
But it can be nice to have in shots where, for example, maybe you're interviewing someone. They could start by appearing on screen and then you can cut away to a shot of whatever they're talking about while continuing to hear their voice at the same time. It's really going to depend on what you're trying to accomplish that's going to determine whether you use Connect or Insert. Oh, and you can also automatically create an insert or connect, by dragging the footage in. Let me just delete that closeup for a second. And I'll come up here and drag that clip down. Now if I drag my clip to the top, right about there. And release, it connects. So I get the same result as before.
Some do that. But if I drag that clip over the clip in my timeline and release, I get a menu, and I can choose either to replace the current clip with the one I'm dragging in, using one of these three replace selections, or I can choose Insert. And that splits the clip, and inserts the closeup. So I'll leave it as an insert, but that means I should come back in and trim the original clip again, so the sequence makes sense. Alright, so that's splitting, trimming, inserting, and connecting clips in iMovie.
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