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The toolbar

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Video: The toolbar

As I mentioned earlier, iMovie '11 is pretty much a single-window application. The majority of your work is going to happen in one of these panes, but you will frequently have to make adjustments to your clips, and that's where the items found in the toolbar come in. So let's quickly run through the items found here in the toolbar. I'll go into much more detail with each of these as they come up in later movies. We've already seen the Import from camera button in action, which allows you to capture footage from a connected camera, and we've seen this button here, which allows you to switch the Project and Event panes. This slider here lets you adjust the size of the filmstrips in the Project and Events Browser.

The toolbar

As I mentioned earlier, iMovie '11 is pretty much a single-window application. The majority of your work is going to happen in one of these panes, but you will frequently have to make adjustments to your clips, and that's where the items found in the toolbar come in. So let's quickly run through the items found here in the toolbar. I'll go into much more detail with each of these as they come up in later movies. We've already seen the Import from camera button in action, which allows you to capture footage from a connected camera, and we've seen this button here, which allows you to switch the Project and Event panes. This slider here lets you adjust the size of the filmstrips in the Project and Events Browser.

So go to the right if you want to see bigger images, or go to the left to see smaller images, but this allows you to see more of them at once. It does snap back to the middle, if you want to get back to the default size. Next, we have a series of buttons. Now you may have a slightly different arrangement of buttons here if you've been playing around with iMovie's preferences, but this is the default set you're seeing here. If you see more than this right now, go to iMovie > Preferences and under General make sure Show Advanced tools is unchecked for now. We'll get into the advanced tools a little bit later.

But this first button here is for adding a selected clip to your project. This is in lieu of dragging the clip up, so I can still select the portion of the clip I want, say this clip of surfer putting on his boots--just make a quick selection here-- but instead of dragging that into the Project pane, I just click the Add selected video to Project button. So it's not really a big deal. It's just a matter of how you prefer to work. Next, we have buttons for rating our clips, which are useful when it comes to organizing your clips and sorting the good from the bad, and we'll talk about those in the next chapter.

The next three buttons are for adding voiceovers, cropping your image, and viewing the inspector. As you can see, each one of these opens a separate panel, or reveals additional tools, but only one panel can be open at a time. We'll get to each of these panels eventually, too. We've already seen that this button here is for muting or un-muting the audio when you are skimming through clips. And this is an audio level meter, so you can make sure you're not making the audio in your project so loud that it starts distorting, but you'll see later how to adjust the audio levels of your project. And these first two buttons of the last set of buttons here are for browsing through and adding music and photos to your project.

Respectively, they give you access to your iTunes music and any GarageBand music you might have created, and your iPhoto library, or your Photo Booth pictures if you have Photo Booth installed on your Mac. You also have the buttons to open the Titles pane to add titles, and transitions, and backgrounds to your project. And again, we'll be getting to each of these. So, in a nutshell, that's the iMovie toolbar.

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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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