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iMovie '09 is a powerful video editing tool that is part of Apple's iLife suite. In iMovie '09 Essential Training, Damian Allen takes new and intermediate users through the steps to create professional-looking video. Damian covers the whole editing process, from importing audio, video, and image files to adding text and graphics. He also teaches several ways to share a finished piece with others. Exercise files accompany the course.
In iMovie, video is categorized into events for immediate viewing, browsing and searching, or for making edited movies to share with the rest of the world. The Event Library appears to the lower left of the interface. It begins with the last import entry. Click on this to review the last section of video you imported into iMovie. Below this are iPhoto Videos. Click here to view any videos imported into iPhoto from digital cameras with video capabilities. The rest of your library follows from here. Videos are grouped into the event names you chose while importing.
Events are further grouped by year. Now if you have your videos stored on different hard drives or drive partitions, you can toggle the Group Events by Disk button to separate the library into the volumes it's stored on. Click the button again to return to the standard Library view. As you click on an event in the Event Library, the contents of that event are displayed in the Event Browser to the right. Scroll through the event using the scroller or your mouse scroll ball. To give more room to the Event Browser, you can show or hide the Event Library List by clicking the Show/ Hide Events Lists button.
By selecting a calendar year, clips from all events in that year will populate the browser, separated by title bars for each event. Or you can select multiple events to view them together. You can change how quickly you skim through events in the Event Browser by dragging the frames per thumbnail slider to the lower right. The slider determines how many seconds of video will be presented by each video thumbnail. (Video playing in fast forward. Garbled dialogue.) The default is 5 seconds.
A slider at the top of the Event Library determines the size of the thumbnails. One last tip. To see date information for the clips you are viewing, choose View > Playhead Info or press Command+Y. Now if you skim over the clips, the date appears above the playhead. Choose View > Playhead Info or press Command+Y again to hide the information. If the date of the clips is wrong, you can correct it. Watch the video on adjusting date and time for more information.
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