Creating a Vacation Video with iMovie
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Creating a Vacation Video with iMovie

with Abba Shapiro

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Video: Using the exercise files

If you're a Premium member of the lynda.com Online Training Library, or if you're watching this tutorial on a DVD, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. Once you've downloaded and unzipped the exercise files, you'll have a disk image. Now double-click on the disk image and a virtual drive will appear on your desktop. If you're using Lion, you may not see this virtual drive, but don't worry, iMovie will. On the virtual drive, there is a folder containing photographs that you will use later in this course.
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2h 3m Beginner Mar 23, 2012

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This course shows budding videographers how to create a family vacation video with the friendly tools in iMovie '11. It illustrates some basic camera techniques and strategies to use when recording video and how to edit the footage together to create an entertaining, fast-paced highlights reel. Author Abba Shapiro, an award-winning producer and director, also demonstrates how to grab the viewer's attention, organize and edit the footage, and add music, transitions, and still pictures to round out your story. The final chapters show how to improve the look and pacing of your videos with special effects, such as themes, picture-in-picture effects, and freeze frames.

Topics include:
  • Capturing the moment
  • Adjusting settings in iMovie
  • Cutting and editing the video
  • Reducing background noise
  • Adding and mixing music
  • Cropping or fitting a photo to the video frame
  • Correcting color
  • Stabilizing shaky video
  • Creating a split screen
  • Changing video speed
Subject:
Video
Software:
iMovie
Author:
Abba Shapiro

Using the exercise files

If you're a Premium member of the lynda.com Online Training Library, or if you're watching this tutorial on a DVD, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. Once you've downloaded and unzipped the exercise files, you'll have a disk image. Now double-click on the disk image and a virtual drive will appear on your desktop. If you're using Lion, you may not see this virtual drive, but don't worry, iMovie will. On the virtual drive, there is a folder containing photographs that you will use later in this course.

You may wish to add the contents of this folder to your iPhoto library at this time. With this virtual drive mounted, go ahead, and launch iMovie. Now depending how your system is set up, and if you've used iMovie before, your screen might look different. The first thing you might notice is that you don't see the disk that has been mounted, and this is just a preference in iMovie. Go up to View and click on the Group Events By Disk and the exercise files will appear, and the event Catalina Vacation highlights will appear within it.

Now if we click on the Catalina Vacations event, you'll see some of the footage that we'll be working with to cut our vacation highlights reel. If you've worked on other videos in iMovie, you may see those event libraries also in this section. If you want, you can simply close those sections so that you can focus exclusively on the footage that we're going to use in this course. If you look in the Project Library, you'll see the starting point for all of the lessons that we'll cover. Now let's take a deeper look at how your Project Library might appear.

In the Project Library, you'll see all the different hard drives attached to your computer, externally and internally. By clicking on the disclosure triangle, you can reveal or hide these projects. The projects we're going to be working on are all contained in the exercise files iMovie Drive. If you create any new projects related to this course, you can save them to this drive and they will appear any time you launch the Exercise Files disk image. One caveat before we get going.

If you launch the disk image and then put the assets or drag them to your desktop, iMovie will either not see them, or if it does, it won't have any of the metadata attached to the projects. Make sure you leave everything on the disk image and work from there. Now when you're finished working with all the exercise files, go ahead and quit iMovie. The next step is simply ejecting the virtual disk, right-click and choose Eject. The disk image has been updated with all of your changes.

The next time you want to work with these media files, simply double-click, load the disk image again, and get back to work. One thing you may want to do is create a backup of the disk image of the exercise files as you go along. This will be very useful if you've accidentally deleted a project file or perhaps some of the media off the disk image, and you want to get back to an earlier point where everything was intact. If you're not a Premium subscriber to lynda.com, you don't have access to the exercise files, but you can follow along from scratch with your own assets.

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