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The advanced Edit tool

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Video: The advanced Edit tool

Now I would like to show you a tool that will really come in handy once you start turning into an iMovie hotshot, and that tool is the Edit tool. It's found right here in your toolbar, but it only appears if you have the Advanced tool selected in Preferences. So again go to iMovie > Preferences, and under General, make sure you have Show Advanced tools checked. Actually, there is nothing really that advanced about the tool; it just makes adding clips to your project much quicker and easier. Start by selecting the tool and then skim through your Event Browser to find some footage you want to add to your project.

The advanced Edit tool

Now I would like to show you a tool that will really come in handy once you start turning into an iMovie hotshot, and that tool is the Edit tool. It's found right here in your toolbar, but it only appears if you have the Advanced tool selected in Preferences. So again go to iMovie > Preferences, and under General, make sure you have Show Advanced tools checked. Actually, there is nothing really that advanced about the tool; it just makes adding clips to your project much quicker and easier. Start by selecting the tool and then skim through your Event Browser to find some footage you want to add to your project.

So maybe this shot here of our surfer coming towards the camera, maybe right as he goes by over the end of that clip, so I am just going to click and drag to the left. Notice the area I am selecting is turning orange, and when I release my mouse, that area highlighted is moved up to the end of my project. This is great when you know exactly which parts of your raw footage you want to use. You can just tear through it without having to worry about selecting and dragging, selecting and dragging; instead, just select, select, select, select. You can always fine-tune your selection after it's been added to your project, using the Clip Trimmer and Precision Editor tools we looked at earlier.

Now another way to use this tool is to simply click right on the footage you want. So, for example, maybe I want some of this footage here. I will just click, and you can see by default iMovie sends four seconds of footage from the point where you clicked in your project. So I have now got four seconds of this footage. You will find some more of him surfing. Right from here. There is another four seconds and maybe some shots of the surfer going by the pier. You can change the default amount of footage iMovie sends into the project by going to iMovie > Preferences and under the Browser tab where it says Clicking in Event Browser selects, you can see it's set to four seconds right here, but you can move the slider to the left or to the right to add less or more footage when you click.

Now when you are done with the Advanced Editing tool, just select the Pointer tool next to it and you're back to your normal controls. Just as a side note, you can select footage the way you normally do and then click the Advanced Editing tool, which you can see now has a Plus button next to it, to send it to the project. But it's probably just easy to drag your selected footage at that point. So that's the Advanced Editing tool.

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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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