Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Browsing and adding clips to a project, part of iMovie for iOS Essential Training.
Now let's take a closer look at how to add video to your project. First I'm going to do a little housecleaning here. In demoing our movie so far, I've created a couple of different project files and I don't really need them anymore, so I'm here in the project page, and I'm going to tap the project to select it, and here I'll tap the trash can icon to delete it. And I'll do the same with this other one. Alright, so now we have no projects, and I'll tap the plus button to create a new project. And I'll select movie, and maybe for this project I'll go with the modern theme. I'll tap create movie. Okay, so now we're in the project editor, and I'm going to put together a project containing footage of me running on the Appalachian Trail.
The footage already exists in my iPad's camera roll and therefore shows up here in the media browser, here in the upper right hand side. So I'm going to find a clip where I'm speaking to the camera. And in this clip, I'm just explaining where I am and where I'm going. Now if you want to use an entire clip as is, just select it and then tap the arrow button. And it's added to your timeline and now I have the first clip of my project. But chances are your clips are probably not exactly the length you'll want them to be. For example, let's play what we have so far by scrolling back to the beginning of the clip and then tapping play. Hey, this is the Burn Heisel Road entrance to the Appalachian Trail.
My destination is Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, about 10 miles that way so I'm going to get going. So you saw at the beginning that there's a little bit of extra time when I was waiting for a car to go by before I started talking. So I want to be able to trim that out. Now you can trim a clip either before or after you add it to your project. We're going to look at how to do it in the project itself in an upcoming movie, but for now, let's see how to trim a clip before we add it to the project.
Let's first remove the clip from my timeline. I'm going to hold down on the clip in my timeline for a second, until it turns into this little thumbnail. And I'll just drag it out of the timeline. And that's how you remove a clip from your project. Let's go back to the clip in the video browser. Now as you can imagine, it's not exactly easy to preview a clip in the media browser. But fortunately, holding your finger down on the clips shows you a preview in the viewer to the left. This can be a quick way to scrub through a long clip to find the section you need. But in this case all I want to do is trim a few seconds off the beginning of the clip before I add it to my project. So I'll tap the clip once to select it. Notice how it highlights it in yellow and puts these two handles on either side of the clip.
These are the trim handles and all you have to do is drag them to surround the portion of the clip you want to use. So in this case, I'll drag the left handle to the right. And I can keep an eye on the viewer to see the point right before I start speaking. So you can see that I've selected just a portion of the clip. I'll tap the arrow button to add it to my project. Now, let's play the clip. Hey. This is the Bernheisel Road entrance to the Appalachian Trail. So that's a much tighter opening to my movie. Now trimming the clip before you add it doesn't damage the clip or delete any portion of it. The clip is still available in its entirety. In fact you can see this orange line representing the portion of the clip that's been used in my project.
Now let's add a second clip. I'm going to make sure my project is scrolled all the way to the end. Because when you add a clip, it's placed wherever the play head is currently located. If the play head is located on top of a clip, the new clip will be placed either before or after the clip the play head is on top of. Here in my video browser I'm going to look for the shot of me running across a field. And again I can hold down on the clip to make sure it's the one I want. Let's grab about four seconds of that clip from the beginning. So I'm going to drag the right handle to the left. Notice you can see the time indicator to the left as I drag and I'll tap the arrow to add it to my timeline.
And now there are two clips in my project. Notice iMovie automatically adds a transition between them. This is a transition icon we see right here. We'll look at how transitions work in an upcoming movie, but let's scroll back and see what we have so far. So we have this nice cross dissolve between the clips where the first clip fades out as the second clip fades in. And that's how to add clips to your projects. Once a clip is added, you're free to drag it around to rearrange your project. So, if I think the second clip would be better as the first clip or if I just wanted to see what it looks like in that position, I can just hold down on it, drag it to the left, and drop it at the beginning.
Notice iMovie keeps the transition between the two clips. Hey, this is the Bernheisal road ent But in this case, I think it makes more sense to keep the clips in their original order, so I'm going to move the clip back by tapping the undo button. So, that's how to preview, add, and arrange clips in your Imovie project.
- Shooting with the built-in cameras
- Importing footage from other sources
- Adding clips to a project
- Trimming, splitting, and rotating clips
- Adjusting transitions between clips
- Adding still photos and titles
- Adding sound effects or background music
- Fading audio clips
- Adjusting playback speed
- Backing up a movie with iTunes