In this chapter, we're going to look at how to put together an iMovie project from scratch. Anytime you want to create a new movie to share with your friends, family or anyone else, you need to create a new project. Start in the main iMovie screen with either projects or theater selected. Those are the two views where you'll find the plus button. Tap the plus button to create a new project. Next you're prompted to choose whether you're creating a movie or a trailer. Again, in most cases you'll probably be selecting movie, if you want to be able to assemble and edit your project anyway you like. We'll talk about trailers at the end of this chapter though.
So I'll tap movie. Next choose a theme. We touched on this earlier and I'll come back to this momentarily but for now, I'll keep the simple theme selected. And I'll tap Create Movie. That takes you into the main project editing view, with your new project open and you can immediately start adding clips to it. Now if you are like me, one thing you might want to do right away here is to name your project, which as we saw earlier, you can do by tapping this arrow in the upper left hand corner to go to the project overview screen. But, notice when I do that I don't see that screen. This is because I haven't added anything to my project yet. Instead, I'm seeing the main project view here.
iMovie considers an empty project a non-project. So when you leave it without doing anything, nothing is saved. So you have to start working on your project before you can name it. So, now I have to create a new project again by tapping the plus button once more. Choosing movie, selecting my theme and tapping create movie. Alright, so now we're back in the project editing view where we can start adding clips. And again, one of the ways to do so is to double tap a clip in the media browser. Now that I have the single clip in the project, I can now tap this arrow to go back and name the project. Just tap the title and type in the name of your choice.
I'll just call this AT Running. And, then I can tap the thumbnail to go back into the project. I'll tap the settings button in the lower right hand corner to open the project settings. At the top of this menu are your themes. The same themes we had to select from when we created this project. Themes in iMovie control the appearance of the transitions and titles you add to your project. A transition is the effect that occurs between individual clips and titles are the text you add to you movie, like captions. The theme I chose was simple, but you can open settings at any time and choose from any of these other themes. The thumbnails give you an idea of the general look and feel of themes.
But the best way to see a theme in action is to just select one and see how it affects your project. Now, I've a short project I created beforehand, so I could demonstrate some of these themes. So, I'm going to go back to my project viewer. And I'll choose that project. All right, so here's my project, and I'll play the first few seconds. >> Hey, this is the Burnhizle Road entrance to the Appalachian Trail. My destination is Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, about ten miles that way, so I'm going to get going. >> Alright so there you saw some text at the beginning of the second clip.
And you saw it come it with this default transition. Now this is using the modern theme which you can see if I open settings. You can Modern is selected. If I want to try a different theme, all I have to do is select it. And now that transition in text looks like this. So you can see the title, style, and transition changes right away. Now if I choose another one, you'll see we get a very different look here too. Now, we'll see later that you don't have to use these flashy animated transitions if you don't want to, but just know that it's very easy to change your mind about themes. And themes aren't just about titles and transitions. Each theme also comes with built in background music.
All you have to do is turn it on. And then play my video to hear it. >> Hey, this is the Burnhizle road entrance to the Appalachian trail. My destination is Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania about ten miles that way. >> Music, especially, can drastically change the tone of your project. Let's select simple again. And now, it sounds like this. >> I'm going south. I'm going to get going. >> Now you're not limited to just the music that comes with the theme. We'll see later that you can add your own background music as well. Two of the other settings we have here are fade in from black and fade out to black. These simply add nice basic fades at the beginning and end of your project so the picture doesn't just start and end abruptly. So now if I scroll back to the beginning of my project, we see it starts from black and fades in.
And it fades out in the end. And the last switch you see in settings is speed changes pitch. We'll see later how to slow down, or speed up, your video. If you want the audio of the clip to change along with the video speed, you can keep this on, otherwise leave it off. You'll see what I mean when we get to that section. But for now, there you have the basics of creating a new project, and understanding themes. Probably the most important thing to keep in mind about themes, is that they're not permanent, and you can change them at any time. So feel free to experiment with them, and see how they can change the look and feel of your 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