Monday, September 17, 2007


1. Getting Started
1.1 Importing clips from a camera
1.2 Importing clips from files

2. Basic Editing
2.1 Cutting clips
2.2 Adding effects and transitions and titles
2.3 Adding themes
2.4 Editing tips

3. Intermediate/advanced video editing
3.1 Adding chapter markers
3.2 Dubbing over a clip

4. Sharing clips
4.1 Different file types explained
4.2 Putting videos on Youtube

5. Effects
5.1 All Imovie effects in one video
5.2 The photograph effect

6. Other
6.1 Free and paying plugins
6.2 Article request and questions

Different file types explained

Once you want to share a video you have to chose a video type, here is a list of the available ones and their pros and cons:

3g: 3g is a phone technology, it is offered by carriers such as At&t, it will be a pretty small file but only recommended for 3g phone users.

Apple TV: Self explanatory, only use this if you have an Apple TV

AVI : This is a Divx file type, it is great because it keeps nice quality while reducing size, to play this with quicktime you need an additional plugin.

BMP: Originally an image type, this option is not recommended for basic users

DV stream: Digital camera's record into DV nowadays, this option will give a big file size for a nice quality

Flash video (FLV): This format is great if you plan to upload to youtube, it does, however, take very long to make the file.

Hinted Movie file: a file ment for quicktime streaming.

Image sequence: As the name states, images one after the other. great for making gifs

Movie to iphone and to ipod are self explanatory.

Mpeg-4: Streaming for quicktime, like a hinted movie file.

Movie to picture is self explanatory

Movie to quicktime movie: Recommended for most users, this makes a .mov file.

To get to the menu, click on share then share again, then click on advanced

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Importing clips from files

Importing clips from files is quite simple.
It just requires dragging, and mostly, patience.

To do this just drag and drop the clips into the canvas (where your other clips are).
Normally you should see a progress bar, importing a clip takes a while.

Dubbing over a clip

this is not my work but an excellent tutorial

All or most of the Imovie effects

see a little preview of every effect, this will help you get inspired!!

The "photograph" effect

here you are 
ps: i have not created this video

Monday, September 10, 2007

Adding themes

Themes is a great new feature in Imovie, it lets you give your movie a beautiful and professional style.
1. Go to the themes tab
2. Chose a theme
3. Drag the clips into the drop zone and write the titles
4. Once done, hit apply, be patient, rendering (red progress bar) takes a while to complete
here is a little video to show you what you can do with themes

Adding chapter markers

You are probably wondering why you would want to add chapter markers, chapters allows users to quickly jump to what part, once you import the movie into Idvd you will have a scene selection!
1. Put the playhead at the desired position for your marker
2. Add the chapter Marker

To see your current chapter markers, click on the Chapters Tab, here you can name your chapters and reorder them:

Sunday, September 9, 2007

adding effects and transitions and titles

this article covers adding transitions and titles.
Adding titles. 
1. First of all, you must be in the editing menu (bottom right) and in titles (top right), see picture.
2. The menu is quite self explanatory, but there is one thing i want to point out, the circle with the arrows indicates which way the text is
 going/which way the text is coming from. Yo
u can change it for different effects. 
3. If you get an error message saying your clip is not long enough you have to bring the speed down.
4. Drag and drop the style of text (in this case, rolling centered credits) on the clip you want it to be applied to, or just click apply.
5. If you have successfully done this a progress bar will appear as shown here:

Repeat every step except number 4 which changes a bit.
You have to drag the effect in between two clips, the clips will separate and a green + will appear as shown below (the green + isn't there because it disappears when i press the shortcut to take a screenshot)

Wooot! Google! I am in on page one (with a typo)

i tried searching with a space, but  after page 10 I still haven't found my blog (not a surprise)
well i am proud :)