Join Abba Shapiro for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring editing strategies, part of Creating a Sports Highlight Reel with iMovie.
Now when creating a sports highlight video, remember, you are telling a story, and all stories should have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Let's take a look at some of the strategies you should use when creating almost any video for your audience to watch. Let's open up project 02_03. And as you see, I already have some clips in the timeline, just to give you an idea of how I might start creating a sports video. I am going to go ahead and play this. Now if you hit the Backslash key, which is directly under the Delete key on your keyboard, no matter where your playhead is, it will always play your show from the beginning.
(video playing) (Roberto: Hello my name is Roberto and today we are going to play soccer at the Viola Park in (Carpinteria, California. The Viola Park is located) Now let's examine what we just saw and remember, we haven't fine-tuned the edit yet. There is lots of room to really fine-tune this program. But what I wanted to do is I wanted to start the show with a title and a little bit of action to grab the audience, and then I want an interview so we know what's going on.
Let's go ahead and delete all these clips from the Timeline and build it from scratch. To select all the clips in your Timeline, simply press Command+A and then you can hit the Delete key. So the first thing I want to do is I want to come up with a good action shot. I am not going to worry about the fade-up from black right now; I just want to build my story. Now one of the things you need to do when working in iMovie is to tag all your footage with keywords so you can easily find it. I have pre-tagged all of this footage, so we don't have to go through that step.
To take a look and find your keyword tags, simply go up to your Event Library and press the little magnifying glass button. And as you see, there is a whole list of tags that I applied to this footage. If I want to refine which shots I am looking at, all I have to do is go to this little pill box and press the green button for what I want to see. So in this case, I want an action shot, so now it's refined my list to things that I have just highlighted as action shots. But I want to find out even more than that.
I want to list action shots and maybe a shot where they are making a goal. So by pressing the green button next to goal! I am looking at any shots that are action and any shots that are a goal. If I go down here and switch from Any to All, I will only see shots that I've keyworded with both action and goal and it will give me a smaller number. Now I can easily skim through the shots to find out which is the best opening shot for my program.
And this is the one I like, because we are about to go to an interview with Roberto, so why don't we see him making the first goal? We will select the range of the clip that we want to put in. Now this clip is eight seconds long, and if we put an eight-second-long clip in, it is not as exciting as may be a three- or four-second clip. Keep in mind, the faster pace you cut at, the more exciting your show is. If you go ahead and watch something on television, you will see that most shots change about every four to six seconds. In our case, I think about two or three seconds might be good.
So what I want to do is I want to make sure I get the goal at the end, so when I select the range, I am going to start at the back and pull my cursor to the left to select the shot. And I want to make sure we see who makes the goal, so I am going to pull it back far enough that we can see Roberto running towards the goal and kicking the ball. Now to bring it into the Timeline, simply press the E key--remember that stands for edit--and it drops the clip into my Timeline. So once we see him make the goal, the next thing I want to do is I want to hear his interviews. So let's go back to our filter by keywords and we are going to turn off action and goal, because if I don't turn off action and goal and I slide down to, say, give me action, goal, and interview, I don't see anything, because I have All selected. And so I am going to go ahead and turn off action and turnoff goal and now I will see all the shots in my program that I keyworded as an interview.
And we can go ahead and listen to what he is saying and pick the shot that we want. (Roberto: Hello, my name is Roberto, and today we are going to play soccer at Viola Park in Carpinteria, California.) That's a pretty nice sound bite. I don't need the extra space at the end. So I am going to go ahead and select this. Now here is a trick, whenever you are editing an interview: it's nice to see the audio waveforms because I can see when he starts talking and when he stops talking. So I am going to go down here and click this little button that actually shows or hides my audio waveforms.
And I can see very easily he starts talking here and he stops talking a little bit before the clip ends. So I will select that range and hit the E key to bring it down into my Timeline. Now I have already pre-selected what I think are some of the best sound bites, so let's go ahead and add all three to our show and then we will refine the edit. (Roberto: The Viola Park is located south of Carpinteria.) Now if you notice the last thing he said in the clip I edited in was, "where they are playing soccer." And then I found a description of the park that they are playing in, and I thought this will be a nice combination of scenes.
Now I have selected the clip, but I have selected the whole clip by accident. If I want to refine it, here is another great trick: instead of grabbing the end, I simply place my cursor where I want the scene to start, hold down the Shift key, and click. That automatically moves the range to the beginning of my interview bite. Now if you needed more fine-tune control, remember, you can go down to the slider and instead of seeing one clip or piece of media, I can slide this to my left and see a lot more detail and refine my edit before I even bring it in.
Holding down the Shift key, I will press the in point and then I will scroll down and I will find the out point that I want. (Roberto: It is right on the cliff. It's a gorgeous locations, it's--) "I think it's a gorgeous location" is exactly where I want the out point to be, so I select that and press the E key to bring it into my Timeline. We are going to bring in one more clip of an interview that was done inside, and we will clean up the audio later. (Roberto: Today I am going to go play against a bunch of coworkers and just random people here from Carpinteria.) So this clip is pretty good in its entirety. I am going to go ahead and select the whole clip and bring it in and we will fine-tune it later in the Timeline.
So I will simply select the clip and once again press the E key to bring it down to my Timeline. Let's go take a look at how the entire interview sounds, as well as that grabbing shot of Roberto making that first goal. I am going to move my playhead to the beginning of the show and press the Backslash key. (video playing) (Roberto: Hello, my name is Roberto, and today we are going to play soccer at Viola Park in (Carpinteria, California. The Viola Park is located south of Carpinteria) We have a good start with putting our clips in the Timeline, and we will need to refine it by tightening them up and putting in some cutaways.
We will be working on that throughout the rest of the course.
- Capturing the moment
- Adjusting settings in iMovie
- Cutting and editing the video
- Creating a trailer for the video
- Working with the Sports theme
- Reducing background noise
- Adding and mixing music
- Stabilizing shaky video
- Creating a split screen
- Adding instant replays and changing the video speed