This chapter is all about getting your clips organized in iMovie, starting with a look at how to further organize events. All your footage in iMovie has to be imported into an event, but that doesn't mean the clips have to stay in those events. You can split events up, merge them together, or completely get rid of them and the clips they contain.
- [Instructor] Okay so this chapter is all about getting your clips organized in iMovie. Now we could jump in and start editing right away, but you definitely want to take some time to go through your trips and do things like organize them into events or rate them. It makes your life much easier as your iMovie library continues to grow. So let's start by taking a look at how to further organize our events. Now as we've already seen, you can click the Import button whenever you import clips and this is where you choose whether you want to add the clips to an existing event or to a new event. So you do have to place clips into events no matter what, although it doesn't mean those clips have to stay in those events.
You can split events up, merge them together, or completely get rid of them and the clips they contain. So, for example, my AT Running event actually consists of more than 30 individual clips. If I click the Settings menu here and drag the zoom slider all the way to the left, we can see those clips a little bit better. So let's say I have some clips in here that, maybe like this one here, that are more shots of scenery than actual running. And maybe I want to have those clips in their own event. So first I'll create a new event by right-clicking my iMovie library and choosing New Event.
You can also press Option N. And let's call this one AT Scenery. So we now have a new empty event. I'll go back to my AT Running event and I'll select the clips I want by selecting the first one here, and I'll go find the other one. Here's one that's just scenery. I'm going to hold down Command on my keyboard. So both are selected now. You can't really see it, but you can see both have that yellow highlight around them. And then I just drag them into the AT Scenery event.
And when I select that event, I can see those two clips. So that's how easy it is to split footage into separate events. This is especially useful if you've imported footage from two completely different events, like say your cousin's wedding and your vacation at the beach into a single iMovie event. It makes sense to organize them into their own events. But you don't want to go too crazy with splitting up events. If two or more events are really related to each other, it's probably better to keep them as a single event or merge them back together if you've already split them. Because events can start to add up, and you can save yourself some space in your list of events by merging related events together.
To do so, just simply drag one event on top of another. So I can merge my two Appalachian events by dragging Scenery on top of AT Running. And that removes the scenery event and those two clips are now back in the AT Running event. Now when it comes to viewing the events in your event library, you have a couple of choices as to how they're displayed here. And you'll find your choices here under the View menu. So for example, I currently have Show Separate Days and Events selected. And that displays the clips by the days they were shot. So you can see there's one from May 3rd, these are the shots from May 4th, the 9th, and so on.
So this view can be useful if you, say, took a week-long vacation and you want to be able to view the clips from each day. You can also go to View Sort Clips By and then choose Date, Name, or Duration. So if I wanted to go from the shortest clip to the longest, I could select that. So now I can see on each date, I can go from the shortest clip to the longest clip. That one's about four seconds, that one's nine seconds, and that one's 20 seconds. You can also choose between Ascending or Descending to flip the order in which they're displayed.
For now though, I'm going to go back to sorting clips by their Date, and Ascending. And I'm also going to uncheck Show Separate Days and Events. Don't really need to see that info right now. So you can see with that off, all the clips are now just grouped together. Now lastly, notice there's a section in the Library Pane labeled Project Media. And under it is my Appalachian Trail running project. Now, if I select that, this is where I could import video and other content specific to just this project.
You would do this if you have footage that you don't want to make available to any of your other projects for some reason. Maybe you're working on a special project for a friend or a colleague and you don't want their clips mixed in with your other events. Also note that any clips you use in your project automatically end up in here, regardless of which event they came from. So if I had multiple events and I use clips from each of them, I would see them all here under the Project Media. So this is the place where you can quickly see all the clips currently in use in your project. I just have the one here now because I have only put one clip in my project so far.
Personally, I never drag any footage into the project media event itself. I like keeping all of my clips in their individual events, and I really have to use clips that I might not want to use in other projects. All right, so those are some of our options for organizing and viewing our events. Next we'll take a look at how to rate our clips.
- 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
- Applying special effects
- Adding music and sound effects
- Sharing movies