Join Damian Allen for an in-depth discussion in this video What is iMovie?, part of iMovie '09 Essential Training.
With iMovie '09, Apple has invented a whole new paradigm for video editing. In fact, iMovie is no longer just an editing application. It also aspires to be for video what iPhoto is for still images, a complete searchable library of all your video moments. With the same simplicity of iPhoto, you can quickly view, find, and organize your video clips, whether you plan to make edited movies from them or just want to browse video of your family from years gone past. I want to start by giving you an overview of the interface, but also show you just how easy it is to throw together a professional looking video in iMovie.
When you first launch iMovie, you'll see a Welcome Screen. This gives you a quick video introduction to iMovie '09 and also a link to the video tutorials in Apple's website, a nice supplement to the training you're doing here. If you ever want to revisit the Welcome Screen, you can select it from the Help menu. Now, there are three main sections to the interface. The Project Library at the top, where you'll store all of your edited movie projects. The Event Library at the bottom that allows you to skim through all of the video that you've imported into your Mac. And a Viewer to the top right where you preview your video.
We'll look at each of these sections in detail in coming lessons. But right now I want to show you just how quickly iMovie can help you throw together a stylish video to share with friends and family. I'll start by creating a new project, just by selecting a piece of video and dragging it into the Project Editor. Now, I can give the project a name. And choose the Theme, one of the really cool new features of iMovie '09. I'll click Create and my first clip is added along with the theme. Now what I'll do is click to select other clips.
Press E to add them to my project, and iMovie takes care of the rest, automatically adding transitions where I need them. Don't worry. We'll go over all these steps in detail in the coming lessons. Now I'll add a little music. You'll see just below the Viewer, buttons for adding Custom Music, Photos from iPhoto, Special Title Effects, Transitions, and Maps and Backgrounds. I'll click the Music button, find the track I like, and drag it into the project.
That's it! Let's click Play and take a look. (Music playing and crowd noises.) Now, obviously there is a lot more I could do to really make the video sleek, but really not too shabby for less than a minute's work.
Now that I've whet your appetite, dig into the training and discover just how powerful and simple iMovie really is.
- Understanding basic editing techniques
- Working with wipes, dissolves, and other transitions
- Mixing music with dialogue
- Smoothing out shaky footage
- Applying and manipulating video effects
- Using animated themes in a video
- Enhancing video and still images using RGB and level controls
- Using comment markers and keywords to locate material
- Sharing projects with Final Cut Pro editors
Skill Level Beginner
Q: While trying to load AVI files into iMovie – which iMovie supports – the AVI files would not play. After converting the files with Streamclip, some of the AVI files played, but without sound. The files are from a digital camera, and all had sound when imported from the camera. Is there an easier way to get iMovie to successfully play AVI files besides converting them to other formats?
A: Unfortunately, Mac OS X and iMovie are very picky about which AVI codecs they will play. While installing an application like Flip4Mac might lead to some success, the most likely road to playing the AVI files is to convert them via some application like Streamclip, HandBrake, iSquint, etc.
Q: I have downloaded exercise files for iMovie ’09 Essential Training, but when opened, show a “source clip missing" error. What could be causing this problem?
A: Directions for downloading and using the exercise files are detailed in the "Using the exercise files" movie in the Introduction chapter.
Make sure to move over the iMovie Events folder into the Movies directory on the Home drive, as it contains the source clips used in the projects. If the iMovie Events folder is not in the same directory, iMovie will display the “Source clip is missing” error in the clip viewer.