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Using a traditional timeline

From: iMovie 11 Essential Training

Video: Using a traditional timeline

Okay, this movie is for anyone who is not new to iMovie or video editing. When Apple first released iMovie '08 it was a radical departure from traditional video editing applications in that it threw out the traditional timeline that was common and which remains common in just about all other video editing applications, including earlier versions of iMovie. Initially, many people really hated this new way of cutting footage together. Personally, I think it's a much simpler way to edit movies, which as you have been seeing, is just a matter of selecting the portions of the clips you want to use and dragging them into the order in which you want to play them.

Using a traditional timeline

Okay, this movie is for anyone who is not new to iMovie or video editing. When Apple first released iMovie '08 it was a radical departure from traditional video editing applications in that it threw out the traditional timeline that was common and which remains common in just about all other video editing applications, including earlier versions of iMovie. Initially, many people really hated this new way of cutting footage together. Personally, I think it's a much simpler way to edit movies, which as you have been seeing, is just a matter of selecting the portions of the clips you want to use and dragging them into the order in which you want to play them.

It's so simple, and really iMovie is aimed at people who have little-to-no experience with editing videos or even with computers in general. The way traditional video editing applications work is with a timeline in which all of your clips appear linearly left to right in chronological order, and you would scroll horizontally through your clips, instead of having them wrapped left to right, top to bottom as we have here in the Project window. Traditional timelines also let you clearly see the timecodes at any point in your project, so you can see how far along you are. But here in iMovie '11, you can also choose View > Playhead Info to see timecodes as you're rolling over your clips. I am just going to turn that off.

But if you really are more of a traditionalist, you can effectively mimic a standard timeline by clicking this Single Row button here in iMovie in the Project window. As you can see, that displays your project in a single row chronologically from left to right, and you can see the time indicators along the bottom of the pane. Additionally, you might want to swap the Project and Event panes by clicking the Swap Events and Projects button. Now, iMovie is looking more like a traditional video editing application. It's still functions exactly the same, but some people might be more comfortable with a layout like this.

Personally, I have gotten really used to the default layout, and I like not having to scroll left and right see my entire project, so I am going to switch it back and turn off Single Row. Basically, if you're completely new to iMovie, and video editing in general, this probably isn't even an issue for you. But if you have used other video editing apps, arranging your iMovie window like you just saw might help you transition more easily into using iMovie.

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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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