iMovie 10.0.2 Essential Training

with Garrick Chow
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iMovie 10.0.2 Essential Training
Video duration: 0s 3h 13m Beginner Updated Dec 18, 2015


iMovie may seem simple, but it offers many of the same features as more powerful video-editing applications, including timeline-based editing, transitions, image stabilization, and even green-screen effects. It even costs much less, and comes preinstalled on all new Macs. Here Garrick Chow shows you how to create your own great looking movies to share with family and friends in iMovie. Learn how to import video from cameras and iOS devices, organize clips into a narrative, trim away unwanted footage and insert new clips, and add transitions, photos, titles, and other special effects. Garrick also shows how to enhance your movie with sound effects and music and then export your movie and share it with the world.

Topics include:
  • Importing video
  • Organizing events
  • Adding clips to a project
  • Trimming and split editing
  • Cropping and rotating
  • Adjusting color
  • Adjusting the speed of clips
  • Creating movie trailers
  • Adding background music and voice-over
  • Sharing your movies
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What's new in 10.1

- [Voiceover] The majority of the videos in this course were recorded in iMovie version 10.0.2. Since that time, Apple has released two updates to iMovie with versions 10.0.6 in October of 2014 and version 10.1 in October of 2015. The functionality of iMovie hasn't changed much. Editing is still done the same as before, but a few new features have been added over the two updates, and some interface elements have shifted around too, so I'd like to take a few minutes here to go over the interface changes so you'll be able to follow along with the rest of the course.

I should also mention that iMovie 10.1 is only compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite versions 10.10.5 and later, so if you haven't yet upgraded to Yosemite or El Capitan, you won't be able to upgrade iMovie. All right, so as I mentioned, the process of editing clips into movies remains the same, but several items have been moved around since I first recorded this course. I have a movie from later in the course open here so we can see the differences. One of the biggest changes is that the items here in the lower left-hand corner under Content Library, where you can access things like transitions, titles, and music, have all been moved into tabs across the top of the iMovie window.

Also, the separate categories of iTunes, Sound Effects, and GarageBand have been consolidated into the Audio tab, but throughout this course, when you see me clicking these items in the lower left-hand corner, you'll instead find them here at the top of the screen. There's also this new My Media tab up here, and this is what you'll have selected in order to see and select from the video clips you want to add to your projects. Looking back at the previous version again, there used to be an adjust button here in the upper right-hand corner, which you would use to show and hide the adjustment tools in the row below it, but in the updated version of iMovie, the adjust button has been eliminated, and the adjustment bar is always visible, so you don't have to show and hide it.

Another big change is that there's now a Project button here in the upper left-hand corner, and this is how you get to the various projects you've created. Previously, projects were stored in individual events. Now you can easily find any project here and just double-click it to open it. Also new in iMovie 10.1, there's now a Settings button over here, which gives you quick access to your project settings, where you can change the theme and add a video effect filter. The other items here are the same items that were previously available from this button, which used to be a film clip icon instead of being labeled settings.

Other than that, there are a couple of other minor interface changes. One of the most welcome ones to me is the time indicator here at the top of the project timeline, so you can now see how long your project is and the timecode of where the playhead currently is. Another change I want to point out has to do with how you make selections and clips that are in your project timeline. Previously, to make a selection within a clip that's been added to your project, like this one here, you weren't able to just start dragging across it because that would just move your clip. I mentioned in the course that to make a selection you have to hold down for a second on the clip and then start dragging, and then you can make your selection.

And as you can see, it still works that way, but introduced in iMovie 10.0.6, you can now just move your mouse to the lower portion of any clip until you see this icon here, and then you can just drag to make your selection right away without having to hold down for a second first. Also, in iMovie 10.0.2, you could double-click on a clip to open it in the clip trimmer, which gives you more precise control over where your clips begin and end. Starting in version 10.0.6, double-clicking no longer worked, but you can right-click on a clip to open up the clip trimmer, so just be aware of that as well.

All right, but other than those changes, everything else in regards to the interface and the workflow is pretty much the same as before, so just keep this handful of changes in mind as you watch the rest of the course.

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