The iMovie interface and layout is in reality a fairly simple set up, but there are some key terms and interface elements that you should familiarize yourself with before you actually start using iMovie to edit video. In this video, you’ll create a new project in order to view and learn the interface elements and features that are covered throughout the rest of the course.
- [Instructor] Now that we know how to get footage into iMovie, I'd like to take some time to examine the iMovie window and interface. It's actually a pretty simple setup, but there are some key terms and interface elements that you should familiarize yourself with before you actually start using iMovie to edit video. Now, in order to show you all the interface elements I need to, we'll have to create a new project. We haven't done this yet, and I'll cover this more thoroughly in a bit. But for now, I'm going to choose file, new movie. And now we have a new iMovie project to work with, and I can show you more about the interface. IMovie doesn't prompt me to name or save this project yet, it's just called My Movie for now.
All iMovie projects are saved in the same place within iMovie, which we'll see in a moment. For the most part, iMovie is a one-window application, a lot like its siblings iTunes, GarageBand, and Photos. You'll open other panels occasionally, for instance, to import video as we saw earlier. But all the action is pretty much contained in this one window. So right now, we're in the project window, where we can assemble, edit, and otherwise work on the current project. If I click the Projects button here in the upper left-hand corner, I'm prompted to name this project I just created since I'm leaving or closing it by clicking Projects.
I'll just call this Demo Project. Now we're back in the main project view. This is where you'll find all the projects you've created in iMovie. Currently, I only have the one project I just created. But each time I create a new project, it'll be accessible from here. Notice Projects is selected at the top of the screen. If I select Media, this is where you'll find the video clips you've imported and this is also where you can access photos and videos stored in the Photos app or in Aperture if you have that application installed on your Mac. And the Theater view is for viewing your completed projects.
We'll be looking at theater view towards the end of this course. For now, let's go back to the Projects view. And from here, I'll double click my Demo Project to go back into it. This is where you're going to be spending the majority of your time, because all editing happens within the Project view of the particular project you're working on. So as you can see, the window is divided into several areas, or panes. We'll go into more detail with each area in the following movies. But briefly, this is the library pane on the left side of the window. You can show and hide it with this button up here. Now when I hide it, everything seems to disappear, because I haven't actually added any content to the project.
What we're seeing here are the video clips I imported, which I can then add to my project. More on that in a bit. The library pane is also where you access the various events you've created. As we touched on earlier, an event is a collection of footage, usually based on the time and date the footage was shot. And again, this is where you can also access content in other areas, such as your Photos library or Aperture library, so you don't necessarily have to go back out to the media view to access that content. However, you'll most likely be working mainly from your iMovie library, which is where your events and clips are stored. I'll talk about that in its own upcoming movie.
This area to the right of the library pane is the browser. And this is where you see the contents or the events or libraries when you select them. So if Photos Library is selected, I see my photos. With AT Running selected, I see the footage I imported into that event. You'll use this browser area a lot when selecting footage to add to your project. Above the browser, you'll find some buttons, or tabs, for adding other types of content to your project. These are collectively referred to as the Content Library. My Media is selected by default, and that's how you see all the footage you imported and have access to.
So, for example, you would select Audio to add sounds and music to your project from iTunes, iMovie's built in sound effects, or GarageBand. This is also where you'll be able to add text titles like captions, backgrounds to go behind text, and transition effects. So whenever you select one of the content libraries, the contents of that library type will appear in the browser pane. So again, for instance, clicking on Titles shows me the available text titles I can add to my project. And we'll get to working with all of these things.
I'll go back to My Media. And again, here, when you click on an event, that lets you review the footage contained within that event. The browser is also where you make your selections of the footage you want to add to your projects and then drag them down here to this bottom pane, called the Project Timeline pane. The Project Timeline is where you assemble all the video clips, audio clips, transitions, titles, and all the other items that form your completed project. Above this area, to the right, is the Viewer pane where your video plays. What you see here depends on what you're working with. If you're browsing your event footage, when you roll or skim your mouse over clips, you'll see the clips appear in the viewer.
If you're playing your movie in the timeline, you'll see the movie appear in the viewer. But the viewer isn't just for watching your content. Above the viewer is a row of buttons for performing all sorts of adjustments to both the video and audio clips. We'll definitely be looking more closely at each of these tools later in the course. And in the upper right-hand corner, we have a share button, where you'll eventually find several options for exporting your project when you're ready to share it with others. More on that at the end of this course. Now one last thing I want to point out is, as I mentioned earlier, unlike other applications, there's no save command found under the file menu in iMovie.
IMovie automatically saves any changes you make to your project, so you never have to worry about losing any edits, should your Mac crash or should the power go out. So don't worry about having to manually save your project as you're working. But that's pretty much it for the general overview of the iMovie interface. There's really not that much to it. In the next couple of movies, I'll go into a little more detail about each of these areas and what they're for.
- What's new in iMovie 10.1.2?
- Importing video
- Browsing events
- Adding clips to a new iMovie project
- Organizing and rating clips
- Trimming video
- Splitting, inserting, and connecting clips
- Creating still clips
- Adding photos, transitions, and titles
- Adjusting video speed
- Applying special effects
- Adding music and sound effects
- Sharing movies
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 05/23/2016 and 06/15/2016. What changed?
A: We revised one video, "Delete unwanted clips," to address updates found in iMovie 10.1.2.