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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.
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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