iMovie resources

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Taking Great video handout


imovie tutorial


Getting the most out of your video footage


Taking great Photos


Getting started PDF
http://manuals.info.apple.com/en/iMovie_08_Getting_Started.pdf

Support
http://www.apple.com/support/imovie/

Atomic Lerning Videos imovie 08
http://movies.atomiclearning.com/k12/imovie8/

Apples Video Tutorials
http://www.apple.com/ilife/tutorials/#imovie-enjoy-22

Great Blog with info about ilife 08
http://imovie08.blogspot.com/

Info Everyone should know about imovie 08
http://imovie08.blogspot.com/2007/10/what-every-imovie-hd-user-should-know.html

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID POGUE
Apple Takes a Step Back With iMovie ’08
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/16/technology/16pogue-email.html?_r=2&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&adxnnlx=1187377408-liXp0qhkoHv4PX/svwfjPg&oref=slogin

Top 10 Digital Video Tips


Videomaker instructional videos on Youtube
http://www.youtube.com/user/videomaker

Digital Video Tips Handout


Macworld First look
http://www.macworld.com/article/59484/2007/08/flimovie.html

iMovie 08 Camera Support
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1014

iMovie 08 Discussion Forum at Apple
http://discussions.apple.com/forum.jspa?forumID=1194

iMovie '08 for iMovie '06 Users
http://edcommunity.apple.com/ali/item.php?itemID=14323

iMovie '11: Start a new project
Summary
To use your video footage to make a movie, you must first create a video project.
To work on a new video project in iMovie, you first create the project by giving it a name and defining other parameters for it, including whether or not your project will have a theme. Themes give your movies a specific look and feel. Examples of themes include bulletin board, photo album, and comic book.
iMovie comes with a selection of themes you can use in your movie. Each theme comes with its own title styles (text that appears onscreen) and transitions (visual effects that play between clips) that you can use to give your movie a polished and professional look.
When you select a theme, you can have iMovie automatically insert titles and transitions into your project as you add video clips to it. You can always change or delete these elements later.
After you create the project, you add video to it that you’ve already transferred (imported) from your camera to your computer. Lesson 1 describes the importing process.

Start a new video project

  1. In iMovie, choose File > New Project.
The File menu appears in a light gray bar across the top of your computer screen.
  1. To apply a theme to your project, select one of the themes presented below Project Themes.
If you don’t want to add any theme-based elements to your project, select No Theme.
  1. Type a name for the project in the Name field.
  2. Choose a format option from the Aspect Ratio pop-up menu.
This format, which refers to the width and height dimensions of your movie, affects how the video appears on the screen.
  • Widescreen (16:9):
Makes the movie appear much wider than it is high. Widescreen movies are optimized for viewing on widescreen computer monitors and high-definition TVs (HDTVs). When viewed on a standard-definition TV, widescreen movies appear with black areas above and below (sometimes referred to as “letterbox”).
  • Standard (4:3):
Makes the movie more square in shape. When viewed on a standard-definition TV, these movies can fill the screen. When viewed on an HDTV or widescreen computer monitor, they appear with black areas on the left and right of the video (sometimes referred to as “pillarbox”).
  1. Choose an option from the Frame Rate pop-up menu; choose the same frame rate that you used to shoot the video.
NTSC, PAL, and Cinema are video format standards that refer to the number of frames per second (fps) your recorded video contains. In general, video cameras purchased in North America use the NTSC format (30 fps), and cameras purchased in Europe use the PAL format (25 fps). Cinema format video has a frame rate of 24 fps. If your camera was set to Cinema format when you shot your video, choose this option.
  1. If you didn’t select a theme in step 2, and you want iMovie to automatically include transition effects between video clips as you add them, select “Automatically add,” and then choose a transition style from the pop-up menu.
  2. If you did select a theme for your project but don’t want iMovie to add themed elements automatically, deselect “Automatically add transitions and titles.”
When this option is selected, iMovie automatically inserts cross-dissolve transitions and special themed transitions between clips, as well as a theme-styled introductory title over the first clip in your project, and a theme-styled credits title over the last clip.
  1. Click Create.
The empty project, which contains no video yet, opens in the Project browser. It appears as shown in the image below, with the project’s name (in this case, “Spring Vacation 2010”) at the top.

Add video to your project

Summary
You build a movie project by adding video clips to it from your Event Library.
After you create a project, as described in Lesson 2, you add video clips to it that you’ve already imported (transferred) from your camera to your computer.
All of your imported video appears in the Event Library. From there, you select specific video and add it to your project by dragging it to the project in the Project browser, which is your project workspace. As you add video and other elements to your project, they appear immediately in the Project browser, where you can edit them, rearrange them, delete them, and so on.

Add video to a project

  1. Open an existing project by double-clicking it (don’t click the project’s name directly) in the Project Library.
If you don’t see the Project Library, click the Project Library button.

  1. In the Event Library, select an Event whose footage you want to add to your project.
If you don’t see the Event Library, click the Event Library button, which is typically located in the lower-left corner of the iMovie window.

You select an Event by clicking its name once. The Event footage appears in the Event browser to the right of the Event Library.

  1. In the Event browser, select a range of video frames or an entire video clip.
To select an entire video clip, hold down the Shift key and click the clip once, so that it’s outlined in yellow.
To select a portion of a clip (called a frame range), drag across any clip while you hold down the button on your mouse or trackpad. Selected frames are outlined in yellow.
  1. Drag your video selection to the Project browser.
You drag by holding down the button on your mouse or trackpad as you move the selected clip to the Project browser. You can drag it anywhere: to the beginning or end of the project, or between clips you’ve already added. A vertical green line, along with a green Add (+) symbol, appears anywhere you can place the clip.
The image below shows how the Project browser appears when you add your first video clip to a project.

Video that’s been added to a project is marked along the bottom with an orange stripe in the Event browser, so that you can see at a glance which video you’ve used. You can add the same video to multiple projects, and you can use it more than once within a project.
Continue adding video in this way until you have all the video you want in your project. Next, you can enhance your project by adding music, photos, titles (text that appears onscreen, over your video), and more.

Enhance your project (Themes, titles, photos, music, and transitions)

Summary

After you’ve created a project and added video to it, you can embellish it in a number of ways with both audio and visual enhancements.

After you’ve created a project and added video to it, you can embellish it in a number of ways with both visual and audio enhancements. Themes give your project a polished look in an instant. You can also add background music, titles, and transitions that let you create professional-quality projects.

Add a theme to your project


iMovie comes with a selection of themes you can use in your movie. Each theme comes with its own title styles (text that appears onscreen) and transitions (visual effects that play between clips) that you can use to give your movie a big-budget look.

When you select a theme, you can have iMovie automatically insert titles and transitions into your project as you add video clips to it. You can always change or delete these elements later.

If you didn’t choose a theme for your project when you first created it, you can apply one at any time thereafter.

  1. If your project isn’t already open (showing in the Project browser), double-click it in the Project Library to open it.
  2. Choose File > Project Theme.

The File menu appears in a light gray bar across the top of your computer screen.

  1. Select a theme by clicking its thumbnail once; the theme previews automatically in the viewer on the right

You can click other thumbnails to preview those themes.

  1. If you want to turn off automatic transitions and titles so that iMovie doesn’t replace transitions that you’ve already added to your project, deselect “Automatically add transitions and titles.”
  2. Click OK.

Add background music from your iTunes library


Background music you add to a project plays behind the audio recorded with your video, so that you can hear both tracks of sound at the same time. You can adjust the volume of the background music so that it plays more loudly or softly, which allows you to layer sound in interesting ways.

The music in your iTunes library is automatically available for use in iMovie projects.

  1. If your project isn’t already open (showing in the Project browser), double-click it in the Project Library to open it.
  2. Click the “Music and Sound Effect” button at the right end of the iMovie toolbar.



The “Music and Sound Effect” browser appears.

  1. Choose one of the music options (not the sound effects options) from the options at the top of the Music and Sound Effect browser; you should see either a list of options or a pop-up menu from which you choose an option.

For example, if you choose iTunes, you see a list of everything that’s in iTunes. If you choose Music, you see just the music you have stored in iTunes. If you choose a specific playlist, you see just the music in that playlist.

  1. Scroll through the list to find the song you want to add, and then click the song so that it’s highlighted with a blue bar.
  2. Drag the song to the Project browser, to the dark gray area to the right of the last clip in your project, making sure that you don’t drag it over a clip.

You drag by holding down the button on your mouse or trackpad as you move the selected song to the Project browser. Release the mouse button when you see a green Add button.



The background music well of your project is then shaded with green, representing the background music clip. The music begins at the start of your project and ends with your video, even if the song is longer than your video.

If the music doesn’t cover your entire video, you can add more music by dragging it to the background music well of your project.

  1. To adjust the volume of the background music, click the Action pop-up menu (looks like a gear) in the upper-left corner of the green background music well, and then choose Audio Adjustments.



  1. In the window that opens (called an inspector), drag the volume slider, which appears at the top, to the right or left to increase or decrease volume, and then click Done.

Add a photo from your iPhoto library


You can add photos to your iMovie projects—to add visual interest, to highlight specific moments, or simply to break up the action of the video footage itself. All the photos in your iPhoto library are automatically available for use in iMovie.

  1. If your project isn’t already open (showing in the Project browser), double-click it in the Project Library to open it.
  2. Click the Photos button at the right end of the iMovie toolbar.



The photos appear in the Photo browser.

  1. Choose iPhoto from the pop-up menu at the top of the browser to see all the photos stored in iPhoto, or choose an iPhoto album from the pop-up menu to narrow your search.
  2. Scroll through the thumbnails (miniatures) of the photos to find the one you want to add, and then click it so that it’s outlined in blue.
  3. Drag your chosen photo to the project in the Project browser.

You drag by holding down the button on your mouse or trackpad as you move the selected photo to the Project browser. You can release the mouse button anyplace you see a vertical green line along with a green Add button.

When you add a photo, by default it is set to remain onscreen in your project for 4 seconds. Also, the Ken Burns effect is applied to the photo. This effect makes it appear as though the camera were panning across and zooming in on the image.

  1. To change how long the photo stays onscreen, double-click the photo in the Project browser.
  2. In the window that opens (called an inspector), type a new value, in seconds, in the Duration field, and then click Done.

Add titles (onscreen text)


You can add onscreen text to any video in your project using one of the many title styles available in iMovie. Onscreen text can be used to add a title and credits to your movie, to visually “narrate” the scenes in your movie, to create textual segues from one scene to the next (for example, “Ten years later” or “Later that same day”), and so on.

  1. If your project isn’t already open (showing in the Project browser), double-click it in the Project Library to open it.
  2. Click the Title button at the right end of the iMovie toolbar.



The title styles appear in the Title browser.

  1. Browse the title styles, scrolling through the window if necessary, to find the one you want to use.

Many title styles are animated, which means that they move onto the screen in an interesting way. Move your pointer over the title thumbnails in the browser to see how they animate. If you have set a theme for your project, a number of theme-styled titles appear above the standard titles in the browser.

  1. Drag a title to the Project browser directly over the clip where you want the title to appear.

You drag by holding down the button on your mouse or trackpad as you move the selected title to the Project browser. You can release the mouse button anyplace you see a green Add (+) symbol.



When you add a title, a blue or gold title bar appears above the video clip to show where the title appears in your video. Blue title bars represent nonthemed titles, and gold title bars represent themed titles.



Placeholder text (text that shows placement only and is meant to be replaced) appears in the viewer on the right, and some or all of it is ready for editing (which means that it’s selected and ready to be replaced by your own text).

  1. Replace the highlighted placeholder text by typing your own text.

If you need to select placeholder text, click it until it is highlighted, and then type.



  1. To play back the title (see how the title looks in your video), click the Play button in the upper-right corner of the viewer.



  1. Click Done in the upper-right corner of the viewer.

Add transitions between clips


iMovie comes with several styles of transitions that you can add between clips to give professional polish to your projects. A transition smoothes or blends the change from one scene to another. For example, a transition can make one clip fade in or out, dissolve into another clip, zoom in to another clip, and so on.

iMovie makes all the transitions in your movie the same length. Standard transitions are one-half of a second long, and theme-styled transitions (which are available only if you’ve set a theme for your project) are two seconds long. You can change these durations if you want.

  1. If your project isn’t already open (showing in the Project browser), double-click it in the Project Library to open it.
  2. Click the Transition button at the right end of the iMovie toolbar.



The transition styles appear in the Transition browser.

  1. Browse through the transition styles, scrolling the window if necessary, to find the one you want to use.

Move your pointer over the transition thumbnails in the browser to see how they animate. If you’ve set a theme for your project, a number of theme-styled transitions appear above the standard transitions in the browser.

  1. Drag a transition to the Project browser before, after, or between the clips where you want it to appear.

You drag by holding down the button on your mouse or trackpad as you move the selected transition to the Project browser. You can release the mouse button anyplace you see a green Add (+) symbol.



The transition effect is represented by a transition icon in the Project browser. (Several icons are shown below; which you see depends on the transition style you added.)



  1. To play back the transition effect to see how the transition looks in your video, move your pointer in the Project browser anyplace before the transition effect icon (you see a vertical red line where the pointer is), and then press the Space bar.
  2. To change the duration of the transition, double-click the transition icon in the Project browser.
  3. In the window that opens (called an inspector), type a new value, in seconds, in the Duration field, and then click Done.




Share your movie

Summary
There are a number of ways to share your video projects with others.
There are a number of ways to share your video projects with others. The most popular ways include burning the project to a DVD, publishing it to your MobileMe Gallery, and publishing it to a sharing website such as YouTube or Facebook.

Create a DVD

In iMovie, open a project or select it in the Project Library (by clicking its name once), and then choose Share > iDVD.
The Share menu appears in a light gray bar across the top of your computer screen.
iMovie generates a finished version of your project and sends it to iDVD (another application in the iLife suite).
iDVD opens with your movie in a new iDVD project, which you can burn to a DVD immediately.
For instructions about how to burn a DVD, choose Help > iDVD Help when the iDVD application is open. The Help menu appears in a gray bar at the top of your computer screen.

Publish to your MobileMe Gallery

MobileMe is an Apple service that allows you to keep email, contacts, and your calendar synchronized across all your devices—including your computer, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. MobileMe Gallery is a part of this service. It lets you publish photos and movies online so that you can share them with friends.
To publish to MobileMe Gallery, you must have an active MobileMe subscription and be connected to the Internet. You can sign up for a MobileMe subscription at the MobileMe website.
  1. In iMovie, open a project or select it in the Project Library (by clicking its name), and then choose Share > MobileMe Gallery.
The Share menu appears in a light gray bar across the top of your computer screen.
If you aren’t already logged into MobileMe, you’re prompted to do so.
  1. In the “Publish to your MobileMe” window that opens, type a title and description for your movie in the Title and Description text fields.
  2. Select one or more of the sizes that are compatible with MobileMe, as indicated in the “Sizes to publish” table.
  3. Choose an option from the “Viewable by” pop-up menu to set password protection for your movie, depending on whether you want it to be publicly viewable or accessible only by specific people.
  4. Select “Hide movie on my Gallery home page” if you don’t want the movie to appear on the homepage of your Gallery.
  5. Select “Allow movie to be downloaded” if you want viewers to be able to download copies of your movie.
  6. Click Publish.
iMovie prepares your movie for publishing and uploads it to your MobileMe Gallery.
  1. To watch your movie online, click View, or to notify your friends and family of the new movie you’ve published, click “Tell a Friend.”
Click OK to do neither and simply close the window.

Publish to YouTube or Facebook

To publish a movie to YouTube or Facebook, you need to be connected to the Internet, and you need an account on those websites. Accounts are free and easy to set up. If you don’t have an account, first go to www.youtube.com or www.facebook.com and create one.
  1. In iMovie, open a project or select it in the Project Library (by clicking its name), and then choose Share > YouTube, or Share > Facebook.
The Share menu appears in a light gray bar across the top of your computer screen.
  1. Choose your account from the Account pop-up menu.
If you don’t see your account in the pop-up menu, click Add to add it.
  1. Fill in the fields and make selections from pop-up menus.
For YouTube, “Category” refers to the category under which the video will be categorized on the YouTube website. “Tags” are keywords that viewers can use to search for your movie on the YouTube website.
  1. Select a size of movie to publish that’s compatible with YouTube or Facebook, as indicated in the “Sizes to publish” table.
Larger sizes typically offer higher quality but may take longer to upload.
  1. For YouTube, to allow your video to be viewable by anyone, deselect “Make this movie personal.”
  2. Click Next.
  3. Click Publish.
iMovie uploads your movie to YouTube or Facebook; depending on website traffic, the movie may not be available on YouTube or Facebook right away.
  1. To see your movie online, click View in the window that appears.
  2. To notify your friends via email of the new movie you’ve published, click “Tell a Friend.”