The iMovie interface and layout is in reality a fairly simple setup, but there are some key terms and interface elements that you should familiarize yourself with before you actually start using iMovie. In this video, 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. If you've never edited video before, it can seem a little confusing, but it's actually a pretty simple setup once you know what each section is for. Although there are some key terms and interface elements you should familiarize yourself with before you actually start using iMovie to edit video. 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 little bit, but for now I'm going to go up to the project tab and I'm going to click this big plus button labeled Create New.
Here we're given the choice of movie or trailer. Now, most of the time you're going to be creating a movie. Trailers are sort of a novelty project you can put together, which we'll look at later, but if you want to create a project where you have complete control over the content, you'll want to choose movie. That takes us right into the new project. Now, we have a new iMovie project to work with and I can show you more about the interface. For the most part, iMovie is a one window application. A lot like its siblings iTunes, GarageBand, and Photos. It'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.
Right now, we're in the Project view where we can assemble, edit, and otherwise work on the current project. Let's click the Projects button here in the upper, left-hand corner. Now, the first thing that happens is I'm prompted to name the project I just created. That's because it currently has the default name of My Movie. I'm just going to change that to Demo Project. (keyboard clacking) We'll hit OK and now we're in the main Projects view. This is where you'll find all the projects you've created in iMovie. I only have the one project I just created, right here, Demo Project, but each time I create a new project, it'll be accessible from here.
Notice Projects is selected here 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. Here if I select Photos Library. This can be a convenient way to get to the pictures and videos that you may keep there. Oftentimes, you can just scroll through and find what you're looking for. By the way, if you still use Aperture, which was Apple's now discontinued pro photo management app, you'll see its library show up here as well. We also have the Theater view up here, which is for viewing your completed projects.
We'll be looking at Theater view towards the end of this course, but for now, let's go back to the Projects view. Here I'm going to 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 project you're working on. As you can see, the window is divided into several areas or panes. We'll go into more detail with each of the areas in the following movies, but briefly, here on the left we have the Library pane. You can show and hide it with this button up here. You might want to hide it if you need more room to work with your clips.
Just open that up again. The Library pane is where you access the various events you've created. An event is a collection of footage usually based on the date and time the footage was shot. This is also where you can access content in other areas, such as your Photos Library and your Aperture Library. You don't necessarily have to go back out to the Media view to access that content. However, you're most likely to 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.
This is where you can see the contents of the events or libraries when you select them. When I click Photos Library, I see my photos. When I click this event, I see the video clips stored in this event. When I click my AT Running event, I see my AT Running clips. You'll be using this browser area a lot when selecting footage to add to your project. Now, above the browser you'll find some buttons or tabs for adding other types of content to your project. These are all collectively referred to as the Content Library. You can see My Media is selected by default and that's how you see all the footage you imported and have access to.
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 the text, and transition effects. Whenever you select one of these content libraries, the contents of that library pane will appear here in the browser pane. For instance, by clicking on titles, I can see all the available text titles I can add to my project. We'll get to working with all of these things here. For now, let's go back to My Media.
Again here, when you click an event, that lets you review the footage contained within that event. The browser's also where you make your selections of the footage you want to add to your projects and then you can 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 that and on the right is the Viewer pane where your video plays. What do you see in here depends on what you're working on. If you're browsing your event footage up here, when you roll or skim your mouse over clips, you see the clips appear here 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. You'll also find certain controls will appear here. For example, when you add titles or text to your movie, this is where you'll adjust the look of your text. Above the Viewer is a row of buttons for performing all sorts of adjustments to both video and audio clips. We'll definitely be looking more closely at each of these tools later in the course. In the upper, right-hand corner we have a Share button where you'll find several options for exporting your project once you're ready to share with others. More on that at the end of this course. One last thing I want to point out is that unlike many other applications, there's no Save command under the File menu here in iMovie.
Notice there's also no Save button. 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. 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 really is 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.
- 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