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In iPhoto '11 Essential Training, Derrick Story offers an in-depth tour of the popular photo management software from Apple, demonstrating its various features for organizing, editing, and sharing images. The course covers techniques to categorize and combine images into custom collections using iPhoto's geotagging, face detection, and Smart Album features, and offers insight on how to perform key image corrections and enhancements. Also covered are tutorials on building customized slideshows and outputting collections to calendars, books, and greeting cards. Exercise files accompany the course.
Well, even though iPhoto is a photo management application, there is actually quite a bit you can do with movies, and that's good news for us because basically in most of our cameras shoot movies these days anyway and why not just manage them all together. Now in our Events view here, you may recall we brought in a movie earlier right off the memory card and that's what iPhoto will do. If you have movies on the memory card with photos, it will just bring them all in and you know it's a movie because it has this little icon right here, and you also know it's a movie if you double- click on it, is that it will start playing.
Okay, so that's terrific. Now what if you wanted to bring in movies from a different source than let's say from a hard drive or slideshows that we created, or if you want to bring those finished slideshows into iPhoto? You can do that also and I am going to show you how to do that right now. You just go up to File, go to Import to Library, find your slideshows. Now I am going to hold down the Command key so I can select both of them and Import and there we go. They are in iPhoto right now, and I can double-click and they will play.
Here's the thing though as you start to bring these things in and you are starting to look at thousands of photos, looking for these little icons here to determine what's a movie and what's a photo, it's not the most fun exercise in the world. So I have an easy organization tip for you, so that you can manage these movies more easily. We are going to use a Smart Album and the way that you do that, you go to File > New > Smart Album, and we are going to call it Movies.
Now, this isn't super intuitive, but it works. You go to Photo is Movie. Of course right? Photo is movie, it's iPhoto. Click OK and now we have our movies collected and as you continue to add movies whether they come in from a hard drive or they come in from a memory card, they will be here. So you can always find your movies collected together. Now once you have movies here, you can actually do a little bit with them, aside from just playing them.
(Music playing) We are going to pause that right there. You can trim them and so if you go to the little gear menu here, you see that you have Trim, and so let's say that I just want to take out a title slide and go to something just like this, I can do that and we do the same thing here. We will end right with that and Trim. Now this is a non-destructive trim.
So if I go back, I can either reset it or I can go back to Trim and change my mind, which is very comforting to know. All right, great! So now that one has been trimmed and I'm going to double-click on it and I am going to trim this one too and I'll show you why. (Music playing) There's a method to this madness here. I am going to trim this. I am going to get rid of the picture of me. That's what I really want to do and we'll end with this right here.
Yeah right here, we'll end with that. I am going to trim. Okay, both of these have been trimmed. Now what if I wanted to combine these? I can do that and this would be handy if you had a bunch of little clips off a Flip, camera or your compact camera, and you wanted this trim them up and string them together. I am going to select them both. I am going to hold down the Command key right here and now I am going to make a slideshow project with them. Right down here and we are going to call this Two Vacations.
Just hit the Tab key and look at this. Now we have the Vacation One and Vacation Two here and you can even move them around, so if you want to start with this one, you can and you can-- (Music playing) You can preview them and they'll be stitched together and you can even export them with the Export. Set it up and send them out, and actually create another little movie.
So by being able to trim and stitch, you can take these little clips that you take with your camera and actually create another movie. So it's not Hollywood,kids, but it's also not too bad, and of course, since you're in the Slideshow mode here, you can do things like add titles and so forth and you can add all sorts of additional stuff. So, pretty good stuff. Take a look at it and if you like shooting movies just know that iPhoto can manage them for you.
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