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  • iMovieGuidelines for video editing using iMovie

  • ContentsWhere to find iMovie

    The ON switch and signing on.Opening and creating and saving project.iMovie layout.Capturing video from DV.Capturing video from VHS.Editing your video.Cropping clips.Splitting clips.Creating still clips (images).

    Transitions.Effects.Adding extra audio & SFX.Exporting your video.Copyright.Credits.

    RUN THE WHOLE PRESENTATION.Click on a link!!

  • Where to find this softwareiMovie is Apple's standard software for editing digital video. It comes preloaded on all iMac machines.

    iMovie is available at the Learning Centres of Psalter Lane, Collegiate and City Campus.

    At City Campus iMacs are available in Edit Suites 1 3. These are bookable (sign up on the door) for Monday Friday 9 5.

    Ask the AV staff at the office between the Suites for help.

    4th floor, AdsettsMain entrance, Adsetts

  • The ON switchThe power switch is at the back of the base of the iMac, on the left hand side.(Because of the security box the power ON switch is quite hard to find, but it is there!)

    Click to sign in as GUESTThere is no password.

  • Opening The ProgramTo open iMovie click on the icon at the bottom of the screen displayed below.

  • When the program opens click on the Create Project button shown in pic 1.

    If the box in pic 1 does not show on your screen then select New Project from the File menu as shown in pic 2.pic 1pic 2

  • You now need to name your project. Type your project name into the box marked Save As. The box below marked Where shows you where on the computer your project will be saved. Use Desktop unless a member of staff advises you otherwise.

  • iMovie Layout

  • DVVHSCapturing video fromClick on a link!!Digital camera

  • Capturing Video directly from camera Firstly, find the video tape player!The video tape player is the grey "JVC" box separate from the iMac computer.

    Unplug the "firewire" cable going into the DV IN/OUT socket.The firewire cable is the only one going into the front of the video tape player. The socket is on the bottom left corner of the player.

    Plug the cable into the similar socket on the back of the the camera (the socket may be hidden by a plastic flap)

    Don't forget to return the cable to the video player socket afterwards!!!!

  • Capturing Video From CameraTo capture video from a camera firstly ensure that the capture / video switch is set to capture mode (located underneath the bottom left corner of the viewer).

    You can now use the onscreen controls to view or scan through your video. Use the import button to capture the video. When importing try to capture an extra few seconds before and after the section you require as you can remove it later.

  • Capturing Video From DVFirstly, find the video tape player!The video tape player is the grey "JVC" box separate from the iMac computer.

    Ensure that it is powered up

    Put your DV cassette into the slot marked MiniDV

    Press the white button marked DV. This button isto the left of the digital display panelunderheath the MiniDV cassette slot It should light up (to a reddish colour)

  • Capturing Video From DVTo capture Video from a DV tape, firstly ensure that the capture / video switch is set to capture mode (located underneath the bottom left corner of the viewer).

    You can now use the onscreen controls to view or scan through your video. Use the import button to capture the video. When importing try to capture an extra few seconds before and after the section you require as you can remove it later.

  • When you click on the import button you should notice a clip being created in the clips window. Click import again to stop recording. You can capture as many clips as you need.

  • Capturing Video From VHSFirstly, find the video tape player!The video tape player is the grey "JVC" box separate from the iMac computer.

    Ensure that it is powered up

    Put your VHS cassette into the slot marked Super VHS ET

    Press the white button marked VHS. This button isto the right of the digital display panelunderneath the Super VHS ET cassette slot It should light up (to a reddish colour)

  • Capturing Video From VHSTo capture Video from a VHS tape, firstly ensure that the capture / video switch is set to capture mode (located underneath the bottom left corner of the viewer).

    You must now use the controls on the VHS player to view or scan through your tape. Use the import button to capture the video while it is playing. When importing try to capture an extra few seconds before and after the section you require as you can remove it later.

  • When you click on the import button you should notice a clip being created in the clips window. Click import again to stop recording. You can capture as many clips as you need.

  • Editing Your VideoNow that you have all of your clips imported you may want to name them.To do this click once underneath the small clip image, type in a name and then press enter.Repeat the sequence with all of your clips.

  • Now you can begin placing your clips into the timeline / assemble window. To do this click and hold on a clip and drag it into the timeline / assemble window.Add your first 2 clips and then play them through, notice how the clips are joined together.It is best to set the bottom of the screen to the Timeline view. To do this set the switch shown (1).

  • CropNow you may need to trim down your clips to get rid of parts which are not required.There are two ways to do this, one is using the crop command and the other is to split up your clip and delete unwanted parts.

  • To crop, locate the two triangles positioned under the time counter in the video window. Move the left hand triangle on to the first point of the clip that you need (1).Click and hold the mouse down on the right hand triangle and drag to the right, you will notice your selection turn yellow (2). Release the mouse button when required length is selected.You can also adjust the triangles by clicking on them and using the arrow keys on the keyboard to move one frame at a time.

  • Go to the edit menu at the top of the screen and select crop, this will leave you with the portion of the clip you highlighted.

  • Splitting Your ClipsWhen using the crop tool you automatically delete the portion of the clips which weren't highlighted. Splitting your clips allows you to keep these portions of clips as well as extracting the required part.

  • To split your clip use your mouse to move the playhead to where you want to split. For even more accuracy you can use the arrow keys on the keyboard to move frame by frame.

  • Go to the edit menu and select Split Video Clip at Playhead. Your clip will now be split into two pieces.You can split your clip into as many pieces as required.If you require just one part of the clip split it into three pieces and remove the 1st and 3rd piece (similar to using the crop tool).

  • Repeat the cropping/splitting processes to all clips until you only have the pieces that you require for your finished video in the timeline.

  • Creating Still ClipsTo create a still clip position the playhead in your clip (1).Go to the edit menu and click on Create Still Clip (2).A clip of 5 seconds will be created in the clips window and can be dragged onto the timeline just like any other clip. This too can be cropped or split.

  • Adding Photos & ImagesYou can add photos and images into your video, as well as the still clips of video.Click on the button shown below to access the photo & image screen.

  • To add an image or photo firstly you need to locate where it is stored. You do this using the drop down menu (1). If for example your image is on a CD, click on the menu and select CD. The image window will now display all images on the CD.To add an image simply drag it onto the timeline as if it were a video clip.There is also an effect called the Ken Burns Effect which zooms in or out of the image using the controls shown (2).

  • TransitionsTransitions are used when two clips join together. Instead of just letting your clips play in sequence transitions make a finished video look more smooth and professional.To use a transition between clips click on the button below the clips window.

  • The transitions are simple to use, firstly select the clip you wish to use. Select one of the transitions and click preview to see the effect (note, the preview does not run at full speed).The speed of the transition can be set below the preview window.Click update to apply the transition. You can also drag the effect from the window onto your clip in the timeline.Apply transitions to all required clips.

  • EffectsUnlike transitions, effects alter the whole of your clip and not just the start or end.To find the effects click on the button below the clip window.

  • Select the clip to which you are applying the effect then select one from the window. Depending which one you choose you may notice more control options appear (1).Click preview (2) to see how the effect will look (note, the preview does not run at full speed).Click apply to render the clip (3).

  • Once an effect has been applied you are able to alter it if you decide it isn't what you wanted. Simply alter the effect controls (1) and then click on apply again.You can add more than one effect to your clips if need be. Simply drag another effect onto your clip, when you play it back you should see that both effects now run.You can also use the effect in / out controls to fade the effect in or out.

  • TitlesClick on the titles button to get to the titles screen.Titles can be added to your clip or onto a black screen.

  • To add a title type the required text into the boxes (1).Decide on how the text will appear on screen by selecting one of the effects (2) and previewing it.Once you have decided click and hold on the effect you want and drag it over the required video clip in the timeline (click the over black box to place on black screen).You can alter how the text will look using the slide bars under the preview window (3) and the text size and colour can also be altered using the options under the transitions window.Click update to apply any changes made.

  • Adding Extra Audio & SFXIt is possible to add sound effects, voice overs and music to your video, iMovie comes with a few sound effects or you can use sound from a CD.To get to the audio screen click on the button below the clip window.

  • To add sound FX select the and position the playhead at the part of the clip you want to add the effect, then drag the effect onto the clip or click on Place at Playhead.You can preview the sound by selecting it then clicking the play button (1).To record a voice over position the playhead on a clip. When you click the record button (2) your video will play and record in real time any sound you make through the microphone, located at the bottom left corner of the monitor.

  • To use sound from a CD, insert the CD and select audio CD from the drop down menu (1).Position the playhead on your video clip to where you want the music to play, select the track you require and click Place at Playhead (2).

  • You will then see an orange block appear under your video clip.You can move the audio around if you need to.You can also shorten the sound using the two grey arrows on the block. Click, hold and drag until you have the required length.

  • You can fade the sound in or out. To do this firstly ensure that the Edit Volume button is activated (1).Once activated you should see a thin red line appear inside your audio block (2)Click on the red line, this will place a handle on it (3). You don't have to be accurate as it can be moved.You can then move the handle to the left or right to start the fade exactly where you need it. The handle can also be moved up and down to make the sound louder or quieter (4).

  • You can also shape the fade. Image A shows a really sudden fade out.You may however want to gradually fade your sound out or in. Image B shows a smooth curve for a fade out.

  • The smooth curve is simple to achieve. When you first move a handle up or down you should notice a small red dot appear roughly where the handle use to be (1).Click and hold on the dot and drag it to the side, you will see the curve being created (2).Release the mouse button to complete the operation.

  • Exporting Your VideoYour finished video can be now be exported to a VHS tape, a mini DV tape, on to a DVD or a CD.Ensure you have saved your project before attempting to export it.Consult the AV Technical Advisors for advice and the best way of exporting your finished project.or - export to one of the followingQuicktime format (normally a "safe" choice)MPEG-4 format (for more advanced users)

  • Exporting Your Video for use on a Windows PC - Quicktime formatSelect File / SaveChange Export to QuickTimeChange Formats to CD-RomClick on Export

    Enter a file name where it asks Save as Set where to DesktopClick on Save

  • Exporting Your Video for use on a Windows PC - MPEG-4 formatSelect File / SaveChange Formats to Expert SettingsClick on Export

    Enter a file name where it asks Save as Set where to DesktopSet Export toMovie to MPEG-4 (or other)(Perhaps: select a setting)Click on Save

  • CopyrightNo Video footage which is under copyright protection may be used within the AV Studio. This includes feature films and most TV programs.The above also applies when using sound from a CD.If you are unsure please speak to the AV Technical Advisors.

    NOTE: film students may copy a film/video or soundtrack within the context of their course!!

  • Exiting iMovieClose down the iMovie program by clicking on the small red circle in the top left hand corner of the screen

    You can choose whether to save your project. The video file itself is saved already if you did Export.

  • Writing to CDThe CD-writer program is calledTOAST- TITANIUM You can find it on the menu at the bottom of the desktop screen

    Select Other and then ISO 9660Drag video files onto the recorder screenClick record