Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Selecting clips and adding them to a project, part of iMovie for iPad Essential Training.
Now let's take a closer look at how to add video to your project. I'm starting with an empty project that I just created and you can see there is nothing in my Timeline at the bottom of the screen. Over here in the upper left area I have my video browser selected. Again, if you're working in portrait orientation, you can get to your video browser using this button. But I prefer to work in landscape especially when selecting my clips, since I don't have to keep opening my browser to find my clips in landscape. Okay, so I'm going to put together a project containing footage of me running on the Appalachian Trail.
I want to start with this clip here in which I talk to the camera and explain where I am and where I'm going. Now if you want to use an entire clip as-is, just select it and tap the arrow button or anywhere else on the clip. And just like that it's added to your Timeline, and now I have the first clip of my project. But chances are that your clips are probably not the exact length you want them to be. For example, let's play what we have so far by scrolling back to the beginning of this clip and tapping Play.
(Garrick on camera: Hey, this is the Bernheisel road entrance for the Appalachian Trail?) So you can see there was a little bit of extra time at the beginning of the clip where I was waiting for a car to go by before I started talking. So I'd like to trim that out. Now you can trim a clip either before or after you add it to your project and we'll look at how to do it in your project in an upcoming movie, but for now let's see how to trip 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 for a few seconds until it turns into this little thumbnail and then I'm just going to drag it out of the Timeline and that's how you delete a clip from your project.
Let's go back to the clip in the video browser. As you can imagine it's not exactly easy to preview a clip when it's this tiny on your screen. Fortunately, holding your finger down on the clip shows you a preview in the viewer to the right. It's going to 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. Notice with the clip selected that it 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 just the portion of the clip you want to use.
So in this case, I'll drag the left handle to the right. I can keep my eye on the viewer to see the point right before I start speaking. So right about there. So now you can see that I have just a section of the clip selected. So I'll tap the clip once to add it to my project, and let's play the clip. (Garrick on camera: Hey, this is the Bernheisel road entrance for 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 currently being used in my project. Now let's add another clip. I'm going to make sure my project is scrolled all the way to the right first, because when you add a clip it's placed wherever the playhead is currently located. If the playhead is located on top of a clip then your clip will be placed either before or after the clip the playhead is on top of. But I'm going to make sure it's all the way to the right, to the end of my project.
And in my video browser, I'm going to look for a clip of me running through a field. I believe it's this one, and again, I can hold down on the clip to make sure it's the one I want. And it is. So let's grab about four seconds from the beginning of that clip. So I'm going to grab the right handle and drag to the left and you can see that it tells me on the left how many seconds of the clip I'm grabbing. So I've got about four seconds right there, and then I'll tap it to add it to the Timeline.
And now there are two clips in my project. Notice iMovie automatically adds a transition between them. We'll look at how transitions work in an upcoming movie, but let's scrub back a bit and see what we have so far. (Birds chirping) So I have this nice cross-dissolve between clips, where the first clip fades out as the second clip fades in. And that's how you 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 want to see what it looks like in that position, I can hold down on the clip until it turns into this thumbnail, drag to the left, and just drop it there. You can see iMovie keeps the transition between the two clips. (Garrick on camera: Hey, this is the Bernheisel road entrance?) But in this case, it makes more sense for me to keep the clips in their original order, so I'm going to move the clip back. Or I can tap Undo. And that places the second clip back in its original position.
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 stills photos and titles
- Adding sound effects or background music
- Sharing with YouTube, Facebook, or Vimeo
- Saving or transferring a movie with iTunes