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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.
New to iMovie '11 are several video effects that you can quickly and easily apply to your projects to affect the look and feel of your video and still images. These are referred to as one-step effects because they're so easy to apply. Let's take a look. Start by selecting the clip or portion of the clip that you want to apply the effect to. I like this clip of our surfer coming towards the camera, but actually, let me go to my Clip Trimmer. I am just going to adjust the length, so we have a little bit more room to play with this. Start all the way back here. Done.
Okay, that just makes my clip a little bit longer, so I have more room to play here. So I'm going to select the portion where he is coming right at the camera, maybe right here where our surfer is holding his arm out, looking really cool. I'll select from there backwards. Now, it doesn't really matter how much of the clip you select; you just want to make sure the last frame is the frame you want to see the effect applied to. So I'll choose Clip > Special Effect > Flash and Hold Last Frame. So you can see that adds a quick Dip to White Transition followed by a still frame with the Ken Burns effect applied. And you can of course tweak the Ken Burns effect by clicking on the Crop icon, and we saw the Ken Burns effect earlier.
I'm just going to click Done because I don't really want to change this here. So let's see what this whole thing looks like in real time. (video playing) Pretty cool! I kind of like that effect, so I'm going to leave that as is. Now also found under the Clip menu is the Fade to menu, which lets you change the look of a clip to black and white, Sepia, or this Dream effect. All you have to do is select the portion of a clip--and let's just go with right here--and we choose Clip, Fade to, and we can choose Black and White.
See what that looks like. So it fades to black and white. Let's undo that. Let's try Sepia. Kind of cool! The last one of course is Dream, which looks like this-- sort of all blown out with the highlights there. I'm just going to undo that again. So those are some of the cool new one-step effects found in iMovie '11. Be sure to take some time to play around with them because they can really add some fun and excitement to your footage.
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