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Mastering iMovie

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Mastering iMovie: Intro


    • 2.

      Mastering iMovie: Getting Started


    • 3.

      Mastering iMovie: Project Workflow


    • 4.

      Mastering iMovie: Importing Media


    • 5.

      Mastering iMovie: Libraries and Events


    • 6.

      Mastering iMovie: Working with My Media


    • 7.

      Mastering iMovie: Getting Started with The Timeline


    • 8.

      Mastering iMovie: Trimming and Splitting


    • 9.

      Mastering iMovie: Transitions


    • 10.

      Mastering iMovie: Backgrounds


    • 11.

      Mastering iMovie: Titles


    • 12.

      Mastering iMovie: Animating Photos


    • 13.

      Mastering iMovie: Music


    • 14.

      Mastering iMovie: Sound Effects


    • 15.

      Mastering iMovie: VO


    • 16.

      Mastering iMovie: Sharing


    • 17.

      Mastering iMovie: Photo Montage


    • 18.

      Mastering iMovie: Color Balance


    • 19.

      Mastering iMovie: Color Correction


    • 20.

      Mastering iMovie: Auto Enhance and Clip Filters


    • 21.

      Mastering iMovie: Retiming Video


    • 22.

      Mastering iMovie: Stabilize Shaky Footage


    • 23.

      Mastering iMovie: Video Overlay Cutaway and Split


    • 24.

      Mastering iMovie: Video Overlay Pic in Pic


    • 25.

      Mastering iMovie: Video Overlay Green Screen


    • 26.

      Mastering iMovie: Advanced Audio Features


    • 27.

      Mastering iMovie: Advanced Editing Clip Trimmer


    • 28.

      Mastering iMovie: Advanced Editing Precision Editor


    • 29.

      Mastering iMovie: Themes


    • 30.

      Mastering iMovie: Trailers


    • 31.

      Mastering iMovie: Conclusion


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About This Class

By the conclusion of this course you will be an iMovie Master! My goal is to be your guide and get you editing in iMovie right away. No fluff - all of the lessons are professionally produced and edited. They are clear, concise, and straight to the point. You can even follow along step by step using the provided practice media. 

Many of us are overwhelmed by the number of pictures and videos we've collected ever since the inception of the high-quality cameras of today's smart phones and other digital cameras. What do we do with it all? If you own an Apple computer, the answer is iMovie! The latest version (v10) is the most intuitive version yet. Best of all it's free with all Macs.

We'll start with a brief overview of the application. Then you'll learn how to import your media (videos, pictures, audio), and start editing. Along the way you'll create a short movie that incorporates, videos, images, text, music, sound effects and voice over. This format allows you to quickly learn the basics. You could stop there and you would definitely be proficient in iMovie. BUT, after the basics you'll also learn the best and easiest way to create a compelling photo montage. After that we'll dive into more advanced topics such as color correction, working with green screen footage, and a whole lot more. Again, my goal is to transform you from an iMovie novice to an iMovie Master!

Your instructor,

Steve Burnich

Meet Your Teacher

Steve is the founder of BurnichMedia and oversees every aspect of his clients' video production process. Steve has worked in the healthcare software industry since 2007. In 2010, he began developing effective, professional software tutorials.

His production process is effective because he imparts a timeless teaching and communication methodology: Tell your audience what you're going to tell them. Tell them. Tell them what you told them. By following this methodology, users have a clear understanding of the content at the conclusion of each software tutorial.

Steve lives in Springfield, MO with his loving wife Dana, their beautiful daughter Darby, and wild son Owen.

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1. Mastering iMovie: Intro: congratulations on signing up to become an eye movie master. My name is Steve Burn Itch. If you don't already know me from the promotional video, I'll be leading you through this course. I'm a professional video producer, and I've taught countless people over the years how to use I movie and other software applications. I myself use I movie and other editing software on a regular basis for both professional and personal work. I found that by breaking up the topics into short, concise videos, you'll quickly learn the concepts and be editing like a pro in no time at all. The 1st 15 lessons are what I consider to be the i movie basics. I recommend you watch those in order. By the time you finish those 1st 15 lessons, you'll be ready to make amazing movies, but we don't stop there. Each of the remaining lessons are more advanced features. You'll learn things like color correcting, how to edit green screen footage and more advanced audio features. Feel free to jump around and watch these lessons in whatever order you prefer. And because each video lesson on Lee focuses on one or two topics at a time, you can easily go back and just watch the topics you need to to refresh your memory. Okay, let's get started. 2. Mastering iMovie: Getting Started: My movie is an incredibly intuitive application, but like any new software, there's a few nuances you'll need to be aware of. And it's best to get started off on the right foot. So let's do that. In this tutorial, you'll learn about the three primary views. You'll prepare library for your first project and create a new project. Now, if you've never worked in I movie than when you first launch the application, you'll be taken to the project's view notice. There are three different views. The project's view is where you can manage existing projects and create a new project. What are projects you ask? Simply put there the movies that you create. Now let's go to the theater view. Projects that you've published can be sent to the theater. If you happen to be an apple loyalist, then you can access your theater on any Apple device, including Apple TV. We'll talk more about this in the sharing tutorial. Let's go to the media view. The media view allows you to view your media without being in a project. You'll have access to your Max photo library or libraries. In addition, you'll have access to custom libraries and events that you create. We'll talk more about libraries and events in another tutorial. For now, just understand this. Libraries and events are a way for you to categorise your media. I movie requires that you always have at least one custom library open. If you're just getting started, you'll probably see the one that I movie automatically created, called I Movie Library, because the subject of libraries and events can often be a point of confusion for New I movie editors, here's what I suggest you do. For now. Go to file Open Library, NU. Give the new library a name, maybe Call it mastering. I movie and notice I'm movie libraries are stored in your Mac's movies folder by default. You can change this if needed, but I'd suggest you just keep it the way it is for now. Then click Save. Okay, Now I want you to right click on any other custom libraries and close the library. Don't worry, the library is not being deleted. It will still be available in your movies folder for later retrieval. But again, for the sake of simplicity and getting started off on the right foot, close all other custom libraries except for the new one that you just created. If this doesn't all make sense right now, don't worry. It will. As you progress through the mastering I movie tutorials, let's go back to the project's view to create a new project. Clegg. Create New. There are two options. Movie, which is a custom project, and trailer, which is a template ID project. You learn more about trailers in another tutorial, so let's create a movie. Congratulations. You've created your first project and you're ready to get started. In the next tutorial, you'll learn about the project screen. See you then. 3. Mastering iMovie: Project Workflow: Welcome back. By now, you should be ready to start working on a project with a fresh custom library. We'll talk more about libraries in another tutorial. In this tutorial, I want to familiarize you with the project screen and a typical workflow. First, the name of your newly created project displays at the top of the window by default. It's called my movie. I always like to change this before I get started To change it, you have to first click to go back to the project's view. You'll be prompted to change it. Now let's go back into it by double clicking. So let's look at a typical workflow. First, you'd import media if needed, I say, if needed, because the media you need may already be available in your photos libraries. If you're a parent or grandparent, it's likely it's filled with videos and pictures like you see here you learn more about how to import external media in the next tutorial. Once your media is in view, you can simply hover over each clip in the browser to preview it in the viewer. Once you've found a clip, you want drag it to the timeline and then continue adding media to the timeline until you have everything you need to start editing. Of course, you can add media at any time, but typically I locate and add all the media I plan to use to the timeline. Then I start my head it, but it's up to you. Once in the timeline, you can trim and split clips, move them around, add transitions, titles and a whole lot more. When you're finished with your project, you can share it with the world. Or maybe not. That's up to you, but we'll talk more about sharing in another tutorial. For now, you should understand the basic workflow import or locate your media, browse and preview the media, drag the media. You want to the timeline and start editing. When you're ready, share your project at a high level. That's all there is to it. But from this point on, we'll be diving into much more detail. So get ready to become an eye movie master 4. Mastering iMovie: Importing Media: Let's take a closer look at importing media. You'll learn how to import media anti movie that exists on your Mac outside of your photo libraries and from external devices. From a project, click the import button at the top left or in the middle of the browser in the import window that displays you can import media that is videos, images or audio files on the left. You can access media on your computer, external hard drives, your iPhone or camera, and you can even record a video using your FaceTime camera on your Mac. Once the recording is complete, it can be imported at the top right. You can choose to view all clips, just videos or just photos. You can hide her show media that's already been imported. This is helpful to avoid importing duplicates, and you can change the clip size and choose to hide or show audio wave forms. That's the blue wave forms you see on your video files at the top center. By default, the media you select will be imported to your project and also your custom library, but you can choose an existing event or create a new event. For now, we'll leave it set to Project Media. You'll learn more about libraries and events in the next tutorials. Let's access the practice media folder from an external hard drive. If this is a folder you may need to access frequently, you can add it to your favorites on the left by right clicking. Notice that when viewing media that's not from your phone or your camera. You don't have the same options at the top. Bright, however, you can still select a file and preview it. Okay, so let's make a movie about bees and butterflies. So with your command key pressed, select all the bee and butterfly media and the wide field of flowers image, then click import. As you can see, the media has been imported into the project, and if we select the library, you'll see it there as well. Now, before we conclude, I'd also like to point out that you can add media from your photos libraries to accustom library. You already know you can drag media from your photos library to the timeline, but often times I like to get everything in my custom library that I'm going to use for a project so in that case, selected photos library, and then drag any of the media to the project. And now that media will be stored in your custom library. Lastly, if you decide you want to get rid of a piece of media from your library just right, click and delete, then confirm. Okay, that's it for importing media. Remember, click import and browse your devices and folders to find what you're looking for. Once you've got the media selected click import do this as many times as needed. The media will be added to the project and your custom library. You can also add media from your photos, libraries to the project and the custom library if needed. In the next tutorials you'll on. The importance of why I movie provides you the ability to organize your media using libraries and events. We'll see you then 5. Mastering iMovie: Libraries and Events: Welcome back. Let's talk about libraries and events, which are great ways to keep your projects and media organized. However, it tends to be one of the most confusing topics for new I movie editors. Let me see if I can clarify libraries contain your imported media and media. You add to a project via the photos or iPhone owes libraries. Your media can then be categorized using events. Libraries also contain your projects. Although a single library can contain as many projects and as much media as you'd like, I typically create a new library for each project. For example, here we have the Mastering I movie library we created previously. Now let's say I go on vacation to San Francisco. I don't want all of my vacation media mixed in with the mastering I movie media. Eventually, if you continue to use just one library, it's going to get very messy. So I would first create a new library in college, something like SANFRAN 2017. Once the library's created, I'd then create a new project, and I would save that project to that library. Then I would import all of my vacation media into that library. This way I have a single container, which includes my project and media. By default, libraries are stored in your Mac's movies folder. The nice thing about having this single library is it can be transferred or backed up to another computer and then opened up in my movie. All the media and the project that's in that library will be available toe open a library. You can just double click it like any other file, and it will open in my movie. And when you're in I movie, if you want to remove a library from your list simply right, click and select clothes library. Of course, the library will still be available in your movies folder anytime you need it and noticed. Since we closed that library, which had the project that we just created, we got kicked back to the project screen. Let's go back to the Mastering I movie project. Okay, so that's an overview of how libraries work. Hopefully, that makes sense. You can use them however you want, but again, I typically create a new library for each new project. Events are simple by default. Each library contains one event. If you don't have much media than events may not be necessary to use. We don't have much media in this library, But for the sake of an example, let's create three events to categorize the media we imported into this library. I'll change the name of the default event by pressing enter than typing the name. Let's call it bees. I'll press enter again to save that name. Now, right, click on the library and create a new event in college butterflies. Let's create one more called flowers. Now let's go back to the library and select and dragged the beat clips into the B event. The butterfly clips to the butterfly event and the field clip into the flowers. Event Notice. With the library selected, we can still see all of the media in the library, but it's also categorized by event. If you select an event, you'll only see the media You added to that event. Hopefully, by now, you can see that events can be extremely helpful for organizing your media within a library , especially if you have a lot of media to keep track of. Now. One more thing and then we'll conclude. Let's import one more clip once you create events. They will be available in the import to drop down menu at the top of the import window. Let's select the flowers event, then choose the field of flowers, image and click import. As you can see, that image will be added directly to the flowers event. So in this way, you could create events before importing your media, Then import your media to specific events. Alternatively, as we did before, you can drag media into the events. Okay, let's briefly review libraries. Contain your imported media and media. You add to a project via the photos or iPhones libraries. Your media can then be categorized using events. Libraries also contain your projects. Libraries, air stored in your movies folder by default, though you can use libraries however you want, I recommend creating a new library for each new project. If you have a lot of media to work with, you might consider categorizing it by events to stay organized. In the next video. We'll talk about rating your media and a few additional features found in the my media. Been. Then it's on to editing 6. Mastering iMovie: Working with My Media: by now, you should be pretty familiar with importing media and organizing your media with libraries and events. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to rate media, delete media, filter media, search for media and adjust how your media displays in the my media been. I know that sounds like a lot, but it's pretty simple. Let's start with rating. Media rating is kind of like events in that oftentimes it may not be necessary unless you have a lot of media. Essentially, it's a way to mark clips as your favorites or reject clips, meaning you can mark clips that you probably don't want to use for your project. You'll see what I mean in just a moment before we get into it. Let's import a few more clips. Select ants, bird fly away in both of the duck clips, then import. Now let's skim over a few of these clips to get a quick preview of what they look like. The ants clip is great, but let's suppose we don't think it's a good fit for this project. So right, click and select reject notice. The keyboard shortcut is the delete key. Once you reject notice, a red line is placed on the clip to indicate it's been rejected. Now let's suppose we definitely want to use the 1st 2 duck clips, right? Click on each of those and mark them his favorites. The keyboard shortcut is F. Also notice you can unrated a clip if needed, or press you any clips you've marked. His favorites will display a green line. Now what if you want to completely delete a clip from the library? In that case, you need to right click and select. Delete media from event or hold command and press delete. So again, if you've imported a lot of media and you want to go through and determine which clips you'll most likely use and which ones you probably won't use, you can rate each clip as a favorite or reject a clip, then at the top, right of the my media, been at any time you can filter your clips using the pop up menu. For example, Hide rejected will remove all rejected clips from view. Favorites will only show clips that have been marked his favorites. Let's send it back to all. So that's how you rate your media. There's a few more features of the my media been, you should be aware of first notice on the wide field clip, there's a small camera icon. This indicates it's a still image rather than a video clip. Second at the top, right. You can search by keyword or phrase to locate clips next to the search. There's a gear icon that allows you to adjust the size of the clips. You can adjust the zoom, which is for video clips. It determines how compact or extended. You want the video clips to display in the my media Been, and you can choose to show or hide the blue audio wave forms for video clips. Of course, we'll talk more about audio in another tutorial. Okay, that's all there is to working with my media easily rate your media using the right click menu or keyboard shortcuts if needed. Filter your media, search your media and adjust the size zoom and wave form settings. Now, since we're about to jump into editing, let me be very clear. Much of what you've learned so far is not absolutely necessary to start working in my movie . At a minimum, all you need to do is create a library. If you don't already have one, create your project and import your media using events. The rating features filters, and the settings are just helpful features. If you need them, I hope you're ready because next up we're going to start editing. 7. Mastering iMovie: Getting Started with The Timeline: Now that you know how to create and work with libraries and events, import media and rate media, it's time to get to work and build a project in the timeline. So in this tutorial, you learn how to add media to the timeline. Skim the timeline, remove media from the timeline and a just a couple of timeline settings. Let's suppose we're making a short movie about flowers, bees and butterflies. Typically, I like to get all the clips in a rough sequence on the timeline before I start adding other effects or editing. So let's do that First will open the movie with the wide shot of the field of flowers, simply select and drag and drop the clip on the timeline. Then we'll cut to the medium shot of the flowers. And here's a tip. Rather than dragging and dropping, you can simply click the plus icon on the clip, and it will be added to the end of the timeline. Also notice that as you add media to the timeline and orange line displays on the clip in the media, been to indicate it's been used. Next, let's add the butterfly clips and, by the way, you can drop a clip in between two other clips if needed, and everything to the right of where you dropped it will get pushed down the timeline Before we add any more clips, let's talk about a couple of settings at the top right of the timeline, you can adjust the zoom this way you can zoom out or in as you're working in the timeline. Often times when I'm roughing in a sequence, I'll be zoomed out so I can see my entire sequence. But when I'm ready to start editing individual clips, I'll zoom in and to move around the timeline you can scroll left or right. If you click settings, you'll see several options. For now, I just want to draw your attention to the clip size slider and the show Audio wave Forms Check box. These are the same settings you saw in the media. Been. You can also drag at the top of the timeline to adjust the height of the timeline workspace . Okay, let's zoom back out and continue adding to our sequence from the bee's event. You can add multiple clips at once by holding the shifter command key and selecting multiple clips, then drag all of them to the timeline. You may have already noticed that, just like when previewing media in the my media been, you can hover over the clips in the timeline to quickly preview your sequence to reorder clips on the timeline. Simply select and dragged them around to where you want them and to remove a clip selected and press delete. It's only removed from the timeline. It's still in your media, Ben, if you ever need to retrieve it, notice. In addition to the skimmer that follows your cursor, there's also a play head. If you press play, the play had indicates where the movie is currently playing in the timeline. You could also drag the play, had to move it around or click towards the top of the timeline to jump the play head to a specific point in time. One more quick tip and then we'll conclude when you select a clip in the my media been noticed. The Yellow selection box has two handles. You can drag these handles to define a range. Then you can add just that range to the timeline by dragging and dropping or by clicking the plus icon. This can be extremely helpful when dealing with long video clips where you only need a portion of the clip for your project. Okay, we've got a rough sequence laid out on the timeline. Remember, clips or clip ranges can be added by dragging and dropping or clicking the plus icon. You can reorder clips by simply dragging them around on the timeline to remove a clip from the timeline press delete. And don't forget about the zoom in clip size sliders. These settings can come in handy when you start editing in the next tutorial. I'll show you how to trim and split clips in the timeline. See you then. 8. Mastering iMovie: Trimming and Splitting: Welcome back. Now that we've got a sequence laid out on the timeline, let's adjust the duration of the clips using the trimming and splitting features found in my movie before we do. Here's a tip. If you're done working with libraries and events, you can hide the library's list. Or you can hide both the library list and the media. Been because when you start editing, it's nice to just focus on the viewer in the timeline. Okay, let's get started with trimming. If you hover over a clip in the timeline, the duration of that clip will display. You can trim either end of a clip by hovering over the end until your cursor turns into a double arrow, then select and dragged to adjust the duration to your liking. Notice the duration updates is you trim. Alternatively, you can park the play head at any point on a clip and then right click and choose trim to play head. If the play head was parked on the left half of the clip, then the left end will be trimmed to the play head. Conversely, if the play head is parked on the right half of the clip the right end will be trimmed to the play head. So often times a basic edit is to just simply go through in. Trim up your clips on the timeline toe whatever duration you want. Another option is to split a clip. Say, for example, you want to split the purple flower clip into two and then insert the orange flower clip in between the split. Let me show you what I mean. I'll park the play had just before the bee flies away from the purple flower. Then right, click and select split clip or command Be. As you can see, the clip has been split into two clips. Now it's a drag that lunch flower clip in between the split. So when we play the project, we first see the purple flower than a cut to the orange flower and back to the purple flower and the bee flies away. Lastly, you can also draw out a range by pressing and holding the R key, Then drag on the clip, or you can drag the selection handles to drive the range. If you press delete, this will remove the range and create a split in the clip. OKay, that's all there is to trimming and splitting clips. If you can master adding media to the timeline, trimming and splitting you are well on your way to becoming an eye movie master, because those are the primary features you'll almost always use when working in an eye movie project. Next up, you'll learn all about transitions. 9. Mastering iMovie: Transitions: welcome back. Transitions, as the name implies, are a way to move from one clip to the next. On your timeline, transitions can convey the passage of time, the conclusion of one scene and the beginning of a new scene or any other type of change you want to convey in your movie from one clip to another. Keep in mind, transitions are not always necessary. In fact, most Hollywood films and TV commercials don't use a lot of transitions. Often times. A simple hard cut from one clip to the next is sufficient, but let's see what we have in our disposal. Transitions are located in the transition's been at the top left. You can skim the transitions to get a preview. I used the 1st 3 most often because they're the most subtle I use fade to black, typically to open or close a movie in cross dissolve or cross blur to transition between clips, especially when creating a photo montage, which will talk more about in another tutorial. Transitions can be added to the timeline, similar to clips. Just drag and drop the transition where you want it to go. In this case, let's go ahead and add the fade to black at the beginning and the end of the timeline, and then add the cross. Dissolve transition between all clips except for the orange and purple flower clips, and just to mix it up a bit. We'll add the cross blur between the purple and orange clips now, before we move on. The first purple flower clip is a little long for my liking, so let's trim the beginning to where the duration is around three or four seconds. Okay, now let's set the play head back to the beginning and preview the first part of our movie. It's looking pretty good, but here's a couple of tips before we conclude. When you hover over a transition, its duration will display double click to adjust the duration if needed. Notice. You can apply the change in duration to just this one transition or toe all transitions currently on the timeline. Let's click. Apply to all. Keep in mind the duration you use is just a personal preference. Lastly, go to the eye movie menu and open I'm movie preferences Notice. There's a default transition time if you find yourself continually changing your transition time to a specific duration adjusted here, and that will be the new default duration time. Okay, that's it for transitions. Remember, drag a transition to the beginning or end of a project or between two clips into just the timing, if needed. Now that you know how transitions work, take some time to explore the different styles of transitions on your own and pay special attention. The next time you're watching a movie or TV show toe how the creators use or don't use transitions. Next step, you'll learn all about backgrounds. 10. Mastering iMovie: Backgrounds: before we dive into backgrounds. It's important to keep in mind that although we've laid out our sequence already, that doesn't mean we can't change our minds as we begin editing. So it occurred to me during the transitions tutorial that I'd like to change up how this movie is going to end. At the end of the second purple flower clip, we see the bee flies off the screen. That seems like a good way to end. The B is leaving, so it's time to end the movie first. Earlier, we split the last be clip, but the split is really serving. No purpose. So let's remove the last clip, then drag what's now the last clip to before the first purple flower clip, then at a dissolve transition between the two. Okay, I like that much better. Remember the sequence you create, along with added effects like transitions are all just a matter of personal preference and what you're trying to convey to your audience. Now let's talk about backgrounds which are located next to transitions. Backgrounds conserve a couple of purposes. Most often, I use backgrounds for the background of a title which will talk about in the titles tutorial, however, there are some animated globe and Matt backgrounds that I movie provides us. That conserve is a great way to tell your audience where you started and where you ended. Geographically speaking, that is, Let's add the second Globe icon to the beginning of our movie by dragging and dropping if we skim it. Not much is going on yet, however, notice above the viewer. We have a few options. The route options are to indicate where we departed and where we arrived. Click San Francisco and search for a different city. Now I'm from Springfield, Missouri. So also like that. Then click done. Now let's suppose we travelled to Victoria, Canada, to capture these images and videos that we have in our timeline. Now play the first part of the project. Pretty cool, huh? Ensure the Globe clip is selected at the top in the options notice. You can also change the Globe style. You can choose to hide or show the route, and you can choose to zoom in further if needed. Okay, now, before we conclude, let's go ahead and add a couple of more backgrounds below the globes and maps. There are several different backgrounds, some animated and some not. Since our movie is nature centric, let's have the organic background to the beginning and the end. We'll use these backgrounds in the next tutorial for opening and closing titles. We'll see you then. 11. Mastering iMovie: Titles: so far, our movie is coming along quite nicely. In fact, we've only got a few more features to learn about before we can consider this movie complete. One of those features is titles, so let's take a look at the titles Been. As you can see, there are many titles to choose from. Some are actually meant to be used as main titles, and some are designed to be used. His lower thirds, which a lower third, is often used to identify the name and title of a person that's in view, or that speaking on camera for our project will add an opening title and concluding credits . Of course, you want your title to fit the theme of your movie. So in our case, let's drag the organic main title on top of the organic background at the beginning of the movie. Noticing the viewer, you can select the title tax to change it. You can name this movie whatever you'd like. I'm going to call it be UNIFIL that seems fitting okay above the viewer. You can change the font style. Let's choose Zap Fino for this particular title. The thought is set, but with some other titles. You can change the font size if needed. Also, with this fun, you can't change the boldness or italics, but you can add an outline if you like. You can also change the color of the font. And here's a tip. Once the color picker is in view, you can select the eyedropper tool and choose a color from one of your clips. It's a great way to make the title color fit the theme of your movie. But keep in mind for each title and fun. You'll just need to explore the options on your own. And again, it's all really just a matter of preference. Okay, let's take a look at our opening title. It looks pretty good. Now let's add the scrolling credits title to the end of our movie will change the top title to say the end or whatever you'd like and add as many credits as you want. I'll just add to if there are some credits left over that you don't need simply select and delete them. Now let's change the fund to be the same as our opening title that seemed to add an extra space between the top title and our credits. So all backspace to delete that extra space now drag the background to be the same length is the title or a little longer. If you'd like, Let's play it back. Looks pretty good. But if needed, change the color of the font. This time I'll choose an orange similar to the orange flowers. Okay, our movie is almost finished. We just need to add some animation to are still images. Add some music and sound effects and we'll find Tune a few things, so keep going, we're almost there. 12. Mastering iMovie: Animating Photos: Here's a bit of film history for you. There's a filmmaker named Ken Burns who popularized the panning and zooming across photos in his films and documentaries, Just like we're doing now with this still shot of his Wikipedia page. You can google his name to learn more if you're interested, so you'll find in many video editing software applications. The term for animating photos is often called the Ken Burns Effect. There are two still images in our timeline. Let's animate them using Ken Burns. Also like the first clip above the viewer, there are several adjustment tools. In fact, this is called the Adjustment Toolbar. You may have already noticed it from previous tutorials. Select the Crop Tool. There are three styles of crop to choose from. Crop to fill will crop the photo to fill the viewing area, and you can adjust the crop area. However you like fit will fit the entire photo into the viewer, even if it doesn't fill it in. Then there's the Ken Burns style. As you can see, two boxes display. The first is where the animation will start. The second is where it will end. You can swap these two if needed. Say, for example, you want to start the animation in the sky and zoom out and pan to reveal the entire field , select the start box and resize it. So just the skies within its bounds. Then adjust the end box in the same manner, revealing the field. Once you're finished, select the check mark at the upper right to save the changes. Now let's play the clip. That's pretty fast. So let's change the duration of the clip to five seconds, which in turn, will change the speed of the animation. Now play that back much better. Now let's choose the next flower image and set it to Ken Burns as well. The default settings are pretty close to what we want, but let's zoom in the end frame just a bit more in select the check again to save the change. Now, when we play back, you can see we start in the sky and end wide. Then we push into the field until we see the first butterfly. Very nice. And by the way, you can use the crop and Ken Burns adjustment on video as well. It works the same way. Remember to Cropper animate an image or video. Select the crop tool from the Adjustments toolbar and choose the style. If using Ken Burns, adjust the start and end points as needed. Don't forget to select the check mark. When you're done, there's a few more tips you're going to want to learn about regarding cropping and the Ken Burns effect. But for now that should get you started. We'll dive into more detail in the photo montage tutorial. Next up, you'll learn all about music and sound effects. We'll see you then. 13. Mastering iMovie: Music: so far, our movie is shaping up quite nicely, but there are two key ingredients that can really make an impact on any movie. The first is music, which you'll learn all about in this tutorial. Then we'll talk about sound effects. Now, if you have a music track on your computer, you can import it just like any other piece of media, and it will be available in the my media Been. In addition, you can pull music directly from your iTunes library. And best of all, I movie comes equipped with its own library of music that you can use as well. Let's go to the audio. Been on the left. You can select and search your iTunes library. If you compose music and garage band that will be available as well. Select the sound effects library and you'll see quite an extensive list of audio files, both music and sound effects that come installed with my movie notice. There's a pop up menu. The main folder is Effects, which has several sub folders. There's so many audio tracks in all these folders, it's worth taking some time to explore them on your own. For now, select jingles As the name implies, you'll find quite a variety of music tracks or short jingles in this folder. Let's listen to a few. There are probably several that would be a good fit for this project, but there's one in particular I'd like to use. It's called First Snowfall. Let's have a listen. The name may not be fitting, but the music. Sure, it's now. Once you find a track you like similar to other media, just drag it to your project. But this time below the primary clips notice it attaches to one of the primary clips, which is fine. But watch what happens if I trim that clip. The music track moves around, so let's undo that by pressing Command Z on the keyboard. If you want to use a music track that's not attached to a particular clip, there's a music well at the very bottom of the timeline. It's a little hard to see, but trust me, it's there. Notice. The music track is now independent of any clip. Let's position it so the music begins right after the globe. It turns out this music track happens to be the perfect length for this project. It ends with our closing credits. However, that's not always the case. So if needed, you can trim a music track just like any other clip. In addition, there are little fade handles at both ends, so you can fade out the music and fade in the music. But let's extend this track all the way out to the end again. Lastly, there are two ways to adjust volume. You can either go to the volume adjustment and adjust the volume slider or, on the clip itself, dragged the black horizontal line up or down to raise or lower the volume. Let's set it to be around 70%. Okay, let's have a listen. Music really makes a difference, doesn't it? But just wait, because in the next tutorial will add some sound effects, which will really help make the movie come alive. And by the way, there are several more features you learn about regarding audio. But for now, I just wanted to get you started with music. Okay, let's add some sound effects in the next tutorial 14. Mastering iMovie: Sound Effects: Now that we've added some music to our movie, let's pick up where we left off and add some sound effects. Ensure the sound effects pop up menu is set to effects this way, when we search will be searching all effects. Now let's bring this spinning globe clip toe life by adding an airplane sound effect. Of course, you can sample these effects on your own, just like we did with music. For this example, let's go ahead and drag the airplane landing sound below the globe now. Obviously, this sound effect is a little low. So let's trim both ends to match the clip, and I'm gonna fade both ends as well. Okay, let's listen. That sounds great, and you can tweak it as much as you need as faras the volume and trimming and fading. But don't you think it really brings that clip toe life? Now let's bring Arby's toe. Life is well, search for B then dragged the B to effect. So it begins at our first be clip and ends with the last be clip and I'll go ahead and fade out. The end of the B effect so fades out with the last clip, Let's have a listen. Ah, not bad again. You may need to make some further adjustments, but so far it sounds pretty good now. One last effect. And then we'll conclude you may have noticed by now that some of our video clips have some ambient noise that is background noise from its natural environment. The problem is that not all of the clips have this background noise. So it sounds kind of odd when we play back the entire project because that background noise cuts in and out. So let's fix that issue. There are two ways to do this. First, we could search the effects list for something that would fit. Let's try this marsh. One effect that sounds pretty good and would definitely work. Of course, if you use another sound effect, you'd want to lower the volume of the clips with the ambient noise and turn up the marsh effect so it fits the project. But let's delete the marsh sound effect and try something else. We'll go to my media. There are three clips with ambient noise There also on the timeline. We could use any one of these as a sound effect by simply dragging the clip below. The primary clips notice when a clip with audio is dragged below the primary clips I movie will only use its audio track. Alternatively, you can right click on a clip with audio in the timeline and detach the audio. Then you can use that audio file as, in effect, below the primary clips. Either way, you accomplish the same thing. Let's undo that last move and we'll just use the one we got from my media now. The problem we're running into here is that this audio file is not long enough for the entire project. So I'm going to select it and press command seed copy and then command V to paste it, and I'll paste it as many times as needed to cover the length that we need. You'll just want to make sure you trim up any silent areas, such as at the beginning of the sound effect and ensure that copied clips air butted right up next to each other, so there's no gaps. Also, I'm gonna fade the last one out with the last clip. Okay, let's listen to a few seconds of the project. It sounds and looks great. Remember, sound effects can really bring your projects toe life. I'm Movie comes equipped with an overwhelming amount of sound effects in the audio, been that you can search through. You can also import your own sound effects if you need to. Or you can use the audio from an existing video clip in the next lesson will continue working with audio by learning how to add a voice over track to your project, I'll see you then. 15. Mastering iMovie: VO: At this point, I think we could call our movie Good to Go. But in the last two lessons, you've learned about music and sound effects, so it's only fitting toe also show you how to add voiceover audio at this point. First, ensure you've got the microphone you want to record with plugged into your computer, or you can use your max built in microphone. But let me just say this while the built in mic is okay to use just about any other external, Mike will probably sound better than the built in mic, even if that means using the mic on a pair of apple earbuds. Next. Ensure you know what you want to say. Any time I do a voice over as I'm doing now, I always script where I'm going to say so. I created a brief script for this video as well. Next part that play head approximately where you want the voiceover to begin. Then just below the viewer. Select the microphone icon. Notice the record button displays along with some audio meters and some audio options. Here you can choose your built in microphone or any other external microphone you have connected to your Mac. In this example, I'm using a microphone called a Blue Yeti. Before you record, you'll want to test your audio to ensure you're not too loud or too quiet. Ensure the audio does not peak red. Hi, green or even orange is okay Here. I'll show you what I mean. Test one to test 123 Did you see the red? That means the audio is too loud. So either move away from the mic or adjust the volume test. 123 test 123 That looks pretty good. Okay, now you're ready to record the voice over. Once you press record, I movie will count down 3 to 1. Then you'll start speaking. So I've got my script ready to go. The play head is in position, my mike is selected and my audio levels are good. Let's record many flowers and other plants depend on bees for pollination, which is needed for plants to reproduce. As you can see. Once you stop the recording, a voice over audio file is created and you can work with it just like any other audiophile trim. Fade the ends, adjust the volume, and so on And here's a tip. If you go to the volume adjustments option above the viewer, there's a check box to lower the volume of other clips. If it's selected, I movie will automatically lower the volume of all other audio clips. While the selected clip is playing, you can use the slider to adjust the amount the other clips air lowered. Let's listen to that part of the project. Many flowers and other plants depend on bees for pollination, which is needed for plants to reproduce. Very nice. The music and ambient noise dips down so we can hear the voice over. Then it gradually raises back to its original level. Okay, that's it for voiceovers. Remember, ensure your mike is connected to your Mac. Prepare what you're going to say. Position the play head approximately where you want the voiceover recording to begin. Insure your mike is selected and the audio levels are good. Then press record to begin recording the voice over. And by the way, if you make a mistake, just delete the audio file and start again. We're just about done with this movie. All we need to do now is decide how we want to share it with the rest of the world, which is exactly what you learn in the next tutorial. I'll see you then. 16. Mastering iMovie: Sharing: I hope you've been following along with all of the lessons up to this point because you should feel a great deal of accomplishment for completing this. I'm movie project before we share the project. Let's add just a couple of finishing touches. We'll add across dissolved transition at the very beginning of the project. This way, the video starts with a fade. You may need to readjust the edit slightly. Then let's fade to black between the title and the globe and lastly, a fade to black at the very end. Okay, that's it. We're ready to share the video at the top, right? There's a share button with several options. First is I Movie Theater, which is a way to share your project to the theater view within I movie and, if needed, share your project across all of your apple devices. Let's select it, as you can see were taken to the theater view, and the video is now being shared this way. You can easily watch any of your completed projects right from within the eye movie theater , and they'll play in full screen. You could also select the small upload icon on any of the projects and share them to your iCloud account, which in turn will make the project available for view on any of your apple devices where you have a movie installed and to the theater app on Apple TV. So if you're an apple enthusiast with multiple devices, this convey a great way to watch your completed. I'm movie projects on any device. If you go toe I movie preferences, you'll see the option to automatically upload content toe iCloud if shared to the theater. This way, you don't have to upload each individual project. iCloud Once their shared to the theater, they will automatically be available in the theater on all your devices. Okay, let's go back to the project. The share via email option will automatically launch Apple Male with a rendered videophile attached. Next is iTunes. This will share the video to your iTunes app so you can watch it from there. It will be stored in the home videos screen of iTunes. The next three share options are very similar. If you have a YouTube, Facebook or video account, you can share directly to those sites. Let's select YouTube as an example in the window that displays at the lower left, there's a button to sign into your YouTube account or, if you're already signed in, as I am, you'll see your YouTube user name and take note that all of the sharing options will have the option to add your project to the theater as well. Next, you can change the title of your movie, then the YouTube description. Add YouTube tags, which are keywords relevant to your video that make it easier to search and find on YouTube next his resolution. I typically choose the highest resolution possible, then choose a YouTube category and privacy option. Private means it can only be viewed by people you invite to view it, which has to be done from your YouTube account. Unlisted means it cannot be found via searching YouTube but can be viewed if someone has the exact U. R L and public means. It can be found by anyone on YouTube. Then click next, and if you want, you can read the terms of service, then click publish at the top, right. You'll see a progress wheel. Select it and you can cancel the share if needed. Once I movie is finished, rendering the video file. It will be posted to your YouTube account. You'll need to go there to get the URL, and you can also manage the title descriptions, tags and privacy settings from your YouTube account if you need Teoh. Okay, let's look at the other sharing options shared. A file will render an MP four file to your computer. Would you can then use to share however you would like just like any other file. Lastly, share image will share a JPEG image of whatever frame is in view in the viewer. So, for example, if I wanted to share a still image of one of the bees, I would first place the play head to get the image in view. Then choose the share image option, name it and choose the location, and that's all there is to it. And by the way, you can share any of your projects from the projects view as well. So remember, once you're finished with the project and you want to share it, click the share button at the top right from within a project or share from the projects view you can share, too. I'm movie theater via email. ITunes. Three different social media sites. Render an MP four file or save a still image from the project. Take some time to explore these options on your own. At this point, you know just about everything you need to know to be an eye movie master. But in the lessons following this one, I'll take you deeper into some of the more advanced features of I movie, including color correction and enhancements, working with green screen footage, speeding up and slowing down video clips, advanced audio features and a whole lot more so keep going, because there's a lot more really great features you can use to make your movies one of a kind. 17. Mastering iMovie: Photo Montage: One of the most common questions or comments I get from New I movie editors when I teach live classes is I've got tons of photos from my family's vacation or my kid's graduation, a birthday party. You get the idea, and I want to know how to create a nice slide show with transitions and music and maybe some text or even some voiceover. In other words, they're asking, How do I create a photo montage? That's exactly what you're going to learn in this video. I'll show you how to set some specific photo default preferences. Add multiple photos to the timeline at once, then add a transition to multiple photos at once, and we'll finish up with a title and some music. I'll move pretty quickly, since I assumed that at this point you've watched the other lessons in this course and are familiar with the basic I movie functionality. The process of creating a photo montage is pretty simple, but let's first perform a few house cleaning tasks. Currently, I'm in the media view so I can see my libraries and events and media before I create the project. As you can see, I already have an eye movie library created. But in keeping with my recommendation from an earlier lesson since the photo montage I'm about to create has nothing to do with the project contained within this library, I'm going to create a new library. Now let's create a new movie project and ensure the appropriate library is selected. Okay, now I like to keep my eye movie application free from clutter when I'm working. So let's do two things. First, I'm going to close the library that I'm not using. Remember when you close a library, it will still be available at any time from your Max Movies folder or wherever you initially saved it when it was created. Second, I know that I'm not going to be needing any events, but I movie automatically adds one event whenever a library is created. So I'm going to right click and deleted notice from the right click menu. You can also create new events if you need Teoh. Okay, now that we've satisfied my O. C d. Let's get started with the montage. First, we need to locate the photos to use for this project. Of course, you could import photos from an external device or from a specific folder on your computer . But if you use Apple's photo app or the older I photos app, you can access your photos directly from those libraries. I'm going to go to my photos moments and select this moment from the fall of 2016 when my family had a photographer take some family photos. As you can see, there are quite a few photos here in this example. I'm going to create a relatively short montage about a minute, but take note. The process is pretty much the same. Whether it's one minute or 20 minutes before you start adding photos and transitions, it's a good idea to go toe i movie preferences. There are three preferences to take note of first photo placement. Do you want I movie toe automatically fit the entire photo into view, regardless of its size and aspect ratio? Or do you want the photos toe automatically be cropped so they fill the viewer? Or do you want the Ken Burns effect automatically applied? I'm going to choose Ken Burns for this example, but remember, preferences are just default settings. You can manually change this setting for each photo on the timeline. Next, ensure the default photo duration and transition duration are set to your preferred length . I'll leave these set to five and two seconds. Okay, let's add some photos to the timeline. The quickest way is to select multiple photos by holding down the command key and selecting the ones you want. Then dragged them all to the timeline. Notice the number in red, which indicates how many are being added to the timeline. Keep in mind, you could just add one or a few photos at a time. You don't have to add them all at once like I did, but I want you to see how quickly you can just drop a group of photos right on the timeline and notice according to our preferences There, all five seconds long. Of course, you can trim each one individually to change the duration. If you need Teoh, I'm gonna undo that. Next. Put the photos in the sequence you want. I'll start with the wide shot of the family, then transition to the individual shots of my kids. Then the shots of them together. Then a shot of my wife with my son. Me with my daughter my wife with my daughter and me with my son. Then we'll conclude with the wide shot of the family and transition into the close up of the family. And remember, all of my photos are animated because I set the photo placement preference to Ken Burns with one or multiple photos selected. You can go to the crop adjustment above the viewer and change this option if you need to. You can rotate photos from here as well. Next, let's had some transitions. If you think you'll use the same transition between all of the photos or most of the photos , selected group or all of the photos on the timeline and then double click the transition you want to use. And look at that, the transition is added between all of the photos at once. The only thing I'm going to change is the first and last transition to fade to black. Keep in mind, you can double click a transition on the timeline and change just its duration or apply the duration changed toe all transitions on. The timeline also noticed that when transitions air applied, the duration of your photos will be shortened because the transition uses the end of the outgoing photo and the beginning of the incoming photo. So just keep that in mind when you're setting your photo duration preference. Okay, now for a couple of final touches. First, let's add a title to the beginning of the timeline. I'll select the text and choose a fun that's a little more festive. There we go and all just the size of the second line. Okay, that looks pretty good. But I also want to change the color of the front. I'll make the colors a little more fall ish, and I'll do the same for the second line of text. Okay, now the only thing I don't like is the black background. So I'm actually going to go back to my media and drag the black and white version of the first photo to the timeline to use as my title background. Then place the title on top of that photo, and I'll adjust the length of the title to fade out right as it transitions to the colored version of the photo. Now I need a transition between the two photos, so all at a cross dissolve. Lastly, let's add some music I'll go to the Jingles folder and dragged the carousel jingle into the bottom music track. Well, as you can see, it's not quite long enough, so I'm gonna drag another instance of it so it repeats until the end of the project. And just so there's not a silent break in the music, I'm going to slightly push the second track into the end of the first track, which will blend the tracks together just slightly. But you do have to be careful when you do this not to interrupt the beat of the music. Let's take a listen where the tracks meet. Okay, that sounds pretty good. I could probably tweak it a little bit more, but I'm gonna live with that now. Let's watch the full project sounds and looks pretty good. I'm just going to term up and fade out the end of the music track. Okay, I'd say it's ready to share. Watch the sharing video to learn more. Of course, you could make some more minor adjustments, ADM. Or text different transitions, voiceover additional music and add sound effects. The possibilities are endless, but hopefully by now you've got the basic idea so that you can go and create your own photo montages with the countless photos that you probably have saved on your phone or computer. Remember to adjust those three preferences we talked about before adding your photos to the timeline. You can select multiple photos and add them all to the timeline at once if you need to. And you can select multiple photos on the timeline and double click a transition to quickly add that transition between all the selected photos. Now it's your turn. Start simple like I did in this video. Locate a dozen or so photos, add them to the timeline, add transitions, a title and some music, that's all there is to it. 18. Mastering iMovie: Color Balance: There may be times when you're working with video footage or photos that are too light to dark, too yellow to blue and so on. Well, no problem. High movies got you covered. There are two adjustments to help you balance and correct the color of your footage. In this tutorial, you learn how to balance the color of a clip, which essentially means to balance the colors to neutral. Then, in the next lesson, you'll learn how to color correct and stylized footage. As you can see here, I have two clips on the timeline. One of them is balanced pretty well. The other one is too dark. Let's try to get the one that's too dark toe look similar to the one that's balanced with the dark clip selected. Go to the color balance adjustment above the viewer. There are four options. First is auto. As you can see, I movie will attempt to auto balance the clip. All toggle it on and off so you can see the difference. The next option is used to match the color from another clip. Once selected, you can choose the clip you want to match from in the media browser or from the timeline. Let's select the balance clip in the timeline a side by side view displays in the viewer. It looks pretty good. If you're satisfied with the match, click the check mark to save the correction now, although the match color option did a pretty good job, let's try the next option, which is white balance. If there's something white in the frame, such as my T shirt, I use the eye dropper to select it. Essentially, you're telling I movie what should be white, and I move. You will adjust the entire image accordingly. You can toggle the adjustment off and on and using the toggle switch, I'd say that's too bright, so let's cancel that adjustment. The last option is skin tone balance, which is similar toe white balance. Except this time you'll want to select the skin of the subject if possible. That's not a great fix, either. I think the match color option was the best, so let's just leave it at that now. Let's quickly compare the two clips by skimming back and forth on the timeline. As you can probably tell, the clip on the left is still a little dark but we're off to a good start. I think we can get pretty close now by using the color correction adjustment, which will do in the next tutorial before we conclude. Just remember, color balance is the process of getting an image or video back to neutral. You can use my movies auto balance adjustment, match the color of another image or video, or select a white object or skin tone from within the current frame. It's really just a matter of trial and error. Once you get pretty close to being balanced, it's then time to start color correction, so be sure to watch the next tutorial toe learn more. 19. Mastering iMovie: Color Correction: In the last tutorial, you learned about the four color balance options you have in my movie. Once you've got a decent balance, you can then move onto color correction with color correction. You can adjust brightness, contrast saturation and the temperature of your footage. So let's pick up where we left off and continue correcting the darker clip on the timeline to match the balanced clip with the dark clip selected, go to the color correction adjustment above the viewer. First is the light control. You can adjust the brightness of the shadows, the mid tones, the highlights, the contrast between the shadows and mid tones in the contrast between the mid tones and highlights. Let's slightly bring up the shadows and the mid tones. Now let's compare the two clips by skimming the timeline. That looks pretty good, but let's try adjusting the highlights, and the contrast is well, there we go. That looks good. As you can see, color, balance and correction are just a matter of making slight tweaks until you've got your images or video looking just right. And here's a tip. When it comes to these types of granular adjustments, it may be a good idea to take a break and look at something else for a while. Then you can come back to your project with a fresh perspective. Okay, The other two color correction controls allow you to adjust saturation and temperature. They're great for style. Izing your media. Let's use this family photo in my media as an example. Suppose I want to reduce the saturation to make it black and white. Simple. Drag the slider to the left or drag it to the right to really blow out the colors. The temperature control allows you to cool off or warm up your media. This photo was taken on a nice, warm day last fall, but suppose I want to give the impression it was a cool day. Let's slightly reduce the saturation and then use the temperature control to cool it off of it. That looks great. Hopefully by now you can see that by using the color correction adjustment, you can refine the brightness and contrast of the shadows, mid tones and highlights of your images and videos. With the saturation control, you can remove or reduce color or make the colors more vibrant. And with the temperature control you can easily cool off or warm up your clips. Take some time to play around with the color, balance and color correction adjustments. See what kind of mood you can create with your videos and photos. Next up, you learn how to quickly stylized your clips using clip filters. I'll see you then. 20. Mastering iMovie: Auto Enhance and Clip Filters: Hopefully, at this point, you're familiar with color, balance and color correction. There are two more ways you can adjust the look of your image and video clips using I movies, auto enhance feature and clip filters. Auto enhance is similar to the auto balance adjustment, except instead of just auto adjusting the balance it auto adjusts the balance, correction and audio with a clip selected on the timeline. All you have to do is click the magic wand at the top left of the viewer, and voila, auto balance has been selected. Color correction adjustments have been made and the audio has been adjusted. In this case, it's been raised, and that's all there is to it. Basically, I movie adjust the image and audio if there is audio to be what it thinks is the best look and sound, of course, you could make further adjustments if needed. But oftentimes this could be a good starting place. Okay, now let's take a look at clip filters. Clip filters are a quick way to add a unique style to your clips. Once selected, a filters window will display hover over each filter to get a preview in the viewer suppose you want a clip to look like it's from the movie Saving Private Ryan. Just select the camel filter and there you have it. A bear has just stormed the beaches of Normandy. You may have also noticed there are audio effects. You'll learn more about those in another tutorial. For now, Just remember to quickly enhance a video or image. Select the magic wand, and to add some style to your clips, try browsing the available filters. As you can see, I'm Movie comes equipped with a lot of great features to adjust the look in style of your clips. Next up, you'll learn how to re time video clips. We'll see you then. 21. Mastering iMovie: Retiming Video: Welcome back. If you've got some action footage from a sporting event, a shot of someone diving into a pool jumping a skateboard or anything in that realm, you'll definitely want to learn about the re timing features in my movie. In this lesson, you'll learn how to speed up, slow down, freeze in reverse video clips and you learn how to add an automatic instant replay. Let's get started on the timeline. I've got a three second clip of a BMX biker jumping a rail. Let's take a look. With the clip selected. Go to the re timing adjustment above the viewer from the speed drop down menu. Select fast and automatically. The speed is set to two times faster, but you can adjust it using the options next to the drop down or noticed the speed handle that's been added to the clip on the timeline. You can manually adjust the speed by dragging the handle to the desired speed. Let's play that back now. What if you want to slow it down? First noticed the rabbit icon on the clip. This means the clip is currently sped up. If you drag handle to slow it down, notice the icon changes to a turtle, indicating it's now slower than normal. You can also choose slow from the speed drop down menu to slow a clip down. If you select custom, you can enter a custom percentage for the speed, which is essentially the same thing is dragging the handle on the clip also noticed the option of the top right to reverse a clip. Let's play that back, and if your clip has audio, you can choose to preserve the pitch of the audio. However, this only works if the clip speed is slightly adjusted. Typically, if I'm speeding up or slowing down a clip, I'm mute the audio of the clip. And by the way, the smooth option will automatically be turned on. When we use the instant replay feature later on, it just smooths out the instant replay. Okay, now let's split up this clip to create an effect. First, set the speed back to normal and clear the reverse check box. Now, right before the biker jumps off the ground, let's split the clip. Then, when he hits his peak in the air, split again. Next, select the middle section of the clip and adjust the speed too slow. 50% Will Dio. Let's play that back Very nice Now part the play head at the end of the middle clip and with the clip selected, go to the re timing adjustment and choose freeze frame notice. The frame the play head was on has been frozen, indicated by the hand icon. Let's drag the handle of the freeze frame back to shorten it up a bit and then play that back. It starts out at normal speed, slows down freezes and ends at the normal speed. Pretty cool, don't you think there are numerous possibilities when it comes to re timing? This is just one example to get you started. Now, before we conclude there is one more feature you should know about. It's called instant replay. Let's delete the clips on the timeline and then pull down a fresh version of the bike jump clip, and I'll trim off the first few seconds. Now, with the clip selected, go to the modify menu Noticed. Several of the same re timing options are available from here, but there's also an option to add an instant replay, and you can choose the speed you want the instant replay to play back at Take a look at the timeline Notice I'm Movie basically duplicates the clip, re timed it and added a title. Take note. The title text cannot be modified, but you can trim it or remove it if needed. Let's play it back. As you can see, you can have a lot of fun with re timing video clips. Simply select a clip on the timeline and choose the re timing adjustment or use the options in the modify menu. If you have some action footage, take some time to explore these options on your own, and I'll see you in the next tutorial. 22. Mastering iMovie: Stabilize Shaky Footage: welcome back. At times you may have a video clip that's a little shaky. Say, for example, you shot something handheld with a digital camera. Or if you're using a camera that doesn't have what's called Global Shutter than if you quickly pan the camera back and forth, your footage can look a bit like Jell O that's called Rolling Shutter. Fortunately, I movie has a couple of adjustments that can help fix these problems. Now they're not full proof, but they can't help. So in this video you'll learn how to correct shaky footage and rolling shutter. Let's take a look at this clip of a bear. Notice the shakiness. It's not all that bad, but let's try to smooth it out a bit. With the clip selected. Select the stabilization adjustment above the viewer, then check stabilize shaky footage. I movie will analyze the footage and do its best to correct the shake. By default, it will apply a 33% correction. Let's play it back. Hopefully, you can see it's less shaky now that may do the trick, but if the footage is really shaky, you can always crank up the slider to apply more of the adjustment, however, notice when I increased the amount I movie crops or zooms into the image, which may reduce the overall quality of your footage. Let's play that back. As you can see, it's very smooth now. But again, just be aware. The more you apply the adjustment, the more I'm movies going to crop into the image and the quality of the image may be reduced. Let's undo the stabilization and play it back one more time so you can see the difference. Quite a difference, don't you think? Okay, now let's remove that clip and drag the clip of the building to the timeline. This clip has Rolling Shutter. Let's play it back so you can see what I mean. Did you notice how the building looks like jello as the camera quickly pans back and forth again? That's called Rolling Shutter. In this case, it's pretty extreme, but let's see if I movie can help correct it again. Go to the stabilization adjustment and check fix Rolling Shutter. As you can see to correct this issue, I movie once again has to crop or zoom into the image, which again could result in a loss of quality, so just be aware of that. Let's play back to see the result. It looks pretty good not as Jello we as before, but let's see what happens when we set the adjustment to extra high. Of course, I'm movie crops into the image even more, but let's play it back. I don't think the correction with extra high was all that better than when it was set to medium, so that we can preserve as much quality is possible. Let's send it back to media. Okay, that's it for the stabilization adjustment. Keep in mind, this adjustment is just one of those adjustments where you have to tweak the settings to find what works best for your footage. But now you know how to correct shaky or rolling shutter footage. 23. Mastering iMovie: Video Overlay Cutaway and Split: Welcome back. When I first started teaching I movie classes for an Apple store, I created a short promotional video to explain what the class is all about. There are a couple of places in this project where I'm talking into the camera, but at the same time I'm talking. I also cut away to show another clip. For example, at about 55 seconds, I'm on screen. But then, while I'm talking, it cuts away to a short recording of my computer screen. Let's take a look learning experience on how to master apples free video editing software I movie. In fact, this video that you're watching right now was shut on the iPhone and completely edited using I movie. So in this lesson, I want to show you how to do just that. Use the video overlay setting adjustment to cut away to another clip, and you'll also learn how to create a split screen with two clips. First, let's zoom into the part of the project. We just played by pressing command and the plus key on the keyboard. When you layer one clip on top of another and then select the top clip, the video overlay setting adjustment icon displays just above the viewer with the other adjustments. Let's select it by default. The overlay setting is set to cut away, which simply means your project will cut away from the bottom clip and display the top clip for its duration. However, notice there are several different overlay settings. We'll discuss split screen in just a moment. The other two will be discussed in other tutorials. Let's leave it set to cut away to the right. You have the option to adjust the opacity of the cutaway clip, which I guess could be used to create an interesting effect. If that's what you're going for, you could also add a fade in and out transition by adjusting the fade slider. The time you see to the right is how long the fade will take to complete. Let's play the beginning of the clip to see the fade on how to master apples free video editing software. So, as you can see, that's kind of a nice way to make a smooth transition into and out of a cutaway clip. Okay, now that you understand cutaway clips, let's look at how to create a split screen effect with two clips for this, I'm going to go to a different project here. I have to contrast ING clips one of a man enjoying nature in the other of a busy city. Maybe in this story, this guy's trying to relax in nature, but all he can think about is his busy life back in the city. Either way, let's split the screen with these two clips by default. The top clip is a simple cut away. Let's have a look. But what if you want to show them both at the same time? Well, again. One option for that is to use the split screen overlay setting. As you can see, the screen is now split, displaying both clips. You can adjust the position to write top or bottom. Let's set it too right, and you can choose to add a slide transition to the cutaway clip so it slides in and out of view. Let's take a look very nice. Okay, that's it for cutaways and split screens. Remember, if you layer one clip on top of another clip and select the top clip, the video overlay adjustment icon will be displayed. From there, you can choose several overlay options cut away will simply cut away to the top clip while the project is playing. This is a great way to cut away to a second clip during voiceover or dialogue from a bottom clip. Split screen is a great way to split the screen with two clips. Remember, there are four position settings as well. In the next two lessons, you learn about the other overlay settings. Picture in picture and green screen. We'll see you then. 24. Mastering iMovie: Video Overlay Pic in Pic: Hopefully, by now, you've got the hang of the cutaway in split screen overlay adjustment settings. Now let's look at how to use the picture in picture setting, which is great when you want to present a small box of one clip on top of another clip. Kind of like a news broadcaster. Notice on the timeline. I've got a clip from the movie class promo video and too connected clips. Both are currently set to cut away. Let's take a look. I've teamed up with Springfield's one and only locally owned Apple certified Premier Partners database computers We've teamed up to provide you with a complete end to end learning experience on how to master apples free video editing software. I movie now, rather than cutting away. Let's select the first connected clip and change the overlay to picture and picture notice . The connected clip now shows as a picture within the primary picture. You can drag the secondary clip anywhere you'd like in the viewer and resize it by dragging any of the corners above the viewer. There are a few settings. First, you can choose from a list of transition options for how the Klippel transition in and out . Let's take a look at each one. Dissolve is a simple fade, and Apple certified premier part Zoom will scale the clip. Apple certified Premier Partners and Swap will swap the primary and secondary clips When Apple certified premier partners, Let's send it back to dissolve, so just fades on and off notice. You can adjust the duration of the fate as well. Next, there are three border options, and you can choose the color of the border. You can also add a drop shadow, which gives the secondary image some dimension. Okay, let's play back that part owned Apple Certified Premier Partners database computers we've teamed up to provide. That looks pretty good, but let's take a look at one more feature that's not quite so obvious. Notice. In the top left corner, there are some controls using these controls. You can set key frames or, in other words, you can animate the position and size of the secondary image over time. By the way, you can Onley key frame a clip when using the picture and picture overlay setting. Here's how it works. I like to start with how I want the clip to end so Let's position to play head a few seconds from the beginning of the secondary. Clip right about where I say Premier partner verified premier. Then click the key frame control that sets a key frame. Now move the play head back toward the beginning of the clip, resize and or reposition it where you want it to begin. By changing the location of the play head and then making a change to the position and or size, another key frame is automatically set. So now the secondary clip will animate from the first key frame to the second. Let's play back to see the animation and Apple certified Premier Partners database computers we've teamed up to provide you with pretty cool right. If you're unfamiliar with key frames, it takes a little getting used to. If you need to re watch this tutorial and try it on your own, in fact, you could try it with the other secondary clip that's on the timeline. The mastering I'm movie image. Okay, let's review the picture in picture Overlay setting allows you to place a video or image clip inside a primary clip. You can resize and reposition it wherever you'd like. within the viewer again. Think of it like a news broadcaster. You can adjust the transition type in duration, the border style and color and at a drop shadow. You also have the option to create a custom animation using key frames. Take some time to explore these features on your own. Who knows? Maybe you could even be the next Walter Cronkite. Next up, you'll learn how to work with green screen footage. 25. Mastering iMovie: Video Overlay Green Screen: there's one final video overlay setting you should know about. If you plan to edit footage that was shot on a green or blue screen, the challenge was shooting footage on a green screen is getting the lighting just right. Ideally, a green or blue screen would be lit evenly. But if it's not I movies got some great tools to help you out, which you'll learn about in this lesson in this example clip. The green screen is far from perfect as you'll see in just a moment. First notice how the clips are laid out on the timeline. The clip I want to use as the background is the primary clip, and the green screen clip is the secondary clip. Typically, you want both clips to be the same length. And just so you're aware, I've cropped the background image so that on Lee, the I'm movie star is in view, and it's offset a little to the bottom left. I did this on Lee out of personal preference because, well, I thought it looked pretty good. I just wanted you to be aware of why the full image is not in view now. I'll set the duration back to where it waas okay, with the green screen clip selected, choose the green slash blue screen overlay setting and voila! The green screen is gone. Well, sort of Notice the hot spots or, in other words, the light blotches all over the background. This is due to uneven lighting of the green screen, so let's clean it up above the viewer. There are a few controls will adjust the softness in just a moment. By default, the cleanup crop tool is selected. This allows you to crop the areas of the green screen clip that you don't need. Since I'm not moving around in the clip, we can crop the clip quite a bit. Using the four corner crop handles. Now, the next step is to select that eraser tool, then click and hold and drag around the green screen clip to fix the hot spots. Just be careful not to touch the subject, or they may disappear. Let's reset and try again. There we go. That looks good. Now the last step is to adjust the softness. Essentially, this is going to feather or soften the edges of the green screen clip to help it blend into the background clip. You just need to tweak it to whatever looks best. Okay, that's all there is to it. Remember, the challenge with green or blue screen footage is how well it's lit. But if you are editing a clip with less than perfect lighting first crop. The green screen clip then used the eraser tool to clean up the hot spots and uneven lighting. Lastly, adjust the softness of the green screen clip edges until you've got the best possible look . And here's a tip. If you're going to color, balance and color correct. Be sure to do that before you apply the green screen. Overly adjustment because your color corrections will affect the green or blue background. Next up, you'll begin to learn about some advanced audio features. We'll see you then. 26. Mastering iMovie: Advanced Audio Features: In previous lessons, you've learned how to adjust volume and fade audio in and out. In this tutorial, you learn several more audio features, which I consider to be a bit more advanced. You learn how to adjust the volume of a section of a clip, reduce background noise, apply an audio equalizer effect and apply audio filters. Let's get started on the timeline. I have two clips, Ah, video clip with audio and an independent voice over audiophile, both of which you've seen before. If you watch the first several tutorials, let's first look at how to reduce a section of audio on the video clip. You learned in a previous tutorial how to automatically lower the volume of other clips. But there is another way that gives you more control. Hold the R key on your keyboard and drag out the range. You want to adjust the volume for now, hover over the horizontal volume adjustment line and drag it up or down to adjust the volume. As you can see, the way form adjusts accordingly, using key frames to create a smooth transition. Let's play it back. Many flowers and other plants depend on bees for pollination you can adjust the placement of the key frames if needed. Let's delete the key frames by going to the edit menu, and I'll show you another way to add audio key frames rather than drawing out a range. You can also hold the option key and then click the volume adjustment line to place key frames wherever you'd like, and then adjust the volume in between the key frames. So that's how you adjust the volume of a section of a clip. Let's delete those key frames as well, and I'll show you how to reduce the background noise. The video clips, background noise is made up of wind and trees and birds chirping. Suppose we'd like to reduce the wind noise a bit with the clip selected. Click the noise reduction adjustment, then check the reduce background noise check box. Notice how the wave form changed. Let's listen. Many flowers and other plants depend on bees for pollination. Sounds pretty good. You can adjust the amount of background noise reduction as well, if you need to. Now, although I applied this adjustment to a clip with ambient noise, the noise reduction works great if you have a clip with dialogue. Where there's a hum in the background may be due to an air conditioner or other appliance. So if you have a dialogue clip with some constant background noise, remember this feature. It can be very helpful. Now. Let's select the voiceover clip. It's a little quiet. We could increase the volume, but instead let's apply an equalizer effect called voice Enhance. Notice how the wave form grew once the effect was applied with the voice. Enhance Effect I movie will enhance dialogue or voiceover clips. In this case, it helped quite a bit. But there is one problem. Part of the wave form is peaking red, so let's draw out a range to slightly reduce just that section. That looks much better. Let's have a listen. Many flowers and other plants depend on bees for pollination before we move on. I'd also like to briefly point out there are several other equalizer effects. Depending on the audio file you're working with, you may want to try some of the other options in the list. Lastly, let's take a look at audio effects or, as I call them, audio filters. In the same way, clip filters quickly stylized your video and image clips. Audio filters can be used to quickly stylized your audio. Let's listen to a few of them by hovering over the different filters. Many flowers and other plants, many flour and other plants for pollination. Many flowers and plants depend on bees for pollination. Many flowers and other plants depend on. I think you get the point, so I'll just cancel. Okay, that's it. For advanced audio features, let's review to adjust the volume of a section of a clip, either draw out arrange to set key frames or manually set key frames by holding the option key. To reduce background noise, check the reduce background noise check box to enhance audio, try out the equalizer effects and to quickly stylized audio, check out the audio effects or other words. Audio filters. As you can see, I'm Movie comes equipped with many features that allow you to create movies with dynamic sounding audio 27. Mastering iMovie: Advanced Editing Clip Trimmer: Welcome back. There are two what I consider to be advanced editing features you should be aware of, but I will be honest. I rarely used these features. However, they can come in handy with the clip trimmer. You can perform what's called a slip at it, which doesnt change eclipse position or duration. Rather, it changes just a part of the clip that's in view with the precision editor. You could make very precise trim edits. I'll show you what I mean in the next lesson. But first, let's take a look at the clip trimmer. The third clip on the timeline is a perspective shot of a guy barreling down a trail on a mountain bike. Let's take a look. Now suppose you want to use a different portion of this video clip without changing the position or duration. Select the clip, then right click and choose Show clip trimmer I movie gives you full view of the selected clip. Between the two white vertical lines is the portion of the clip that's currently in view or in use. The darker areas to the left. Into the right is the rest of the clip that's not being used hover your cursor over the clip and you'll see a film strip double a road pointer. Now click and drag left or right to change the portion of the clip that's being used and notice. As you drag, you can see a split view in the viewer of the incoming frame and outgoing frame. So again, in this way, you can change which portion of a clip is in view without having to change the clips, duration or position, However, if needed. When the clip trimmer is open, you can drag either vertical white line to perform a normal trim edit to extend or shorten the clip to close the clip trimmer. Either click the X at the top left of the timeline or click the down arrow. Okay, that's all there is to it. Remember, toe open the clip trimmer right click a clip on the timeline and select show trimmer hover over the clip and drag left her right to change just the portion of the clip that's in view . In the next lesson, I'll show you how to edit with precision 28. Mastering iMovie: Advanced Editing Precision Editor: in the previous lesson, you learned about the clip trimmer. So now let's talk about the precision editor. This allows you to make very precise trim, edits and trim on Lee the audio portion of a clip. So here we are, back in this project of the mountain biker cruising through the woods. Notice the first clip is of the biker. Then it cuts to a squirrel. There are two things I want to accomplish with these two clips. First, I want the squirrel to appear startled when the mountain biker makes a loud noise after he jumps his bike. Second, I want just the audio from the mountain bike clip to continue through the length of the squirrel clip. To do this, let's use I'm movies. Precision Editor. You can either double click on the very edge of a clip or in between two clips. What the Precision editor does is allows you to see the entire incoming clip and the entire outgoing clip. Like the clip trimmer. The shaded portions are not in view or in use. You can adjust the transition point between the clips by dragging either of the horizontal white lines or the white rounded rectangle in the middle, which represents the transition or edit point. Let's trim it so the mountain bike clip ends just after the audio peaks. Now drag the squirrel clip so it begins just to the point when the squirrel is startled. Great. Now you can preview the entire timeline, Justus. You normally would. But while in The Precision Editor you must hover above both clips to do so. You can also preview just one of the clips at a time even the unused portion, by hovering over the clip. And now notice the skimmer is on Lee for the clip. Your hovering over this could be helpful if you want to preview the parts of the clip that aren't being used. Okay, so we've got these two clips timed correctly so that the squirrel is startled by the loud noise. But let's carry the audio from the mountain bike clip through to the end of the squirrel clip to trim. Just the audio hover over the small vertical white line that's over the audio waveform and then drag left or right in this way, you're just trimming the audio. Okay, one last thing, and then we'll preview what we've done. If you want to jump to a different edit point without closing the precision editor, just select the White Edit Point rectangles to close the precision editor. Either double click a white edit point rectangle or click the X at the top left. Okay, let's take a look at our work and pay attention to how the audio from the mountain bike clip continues to play through the squirrel clip, even though you can't see the way for very nice. OK, that's it. For the precision editor, remember toe open the precision editor. Double click the edge of a clip or in between two clips. You can change the transition point using the vertical white lines or the edit point rectangle or by dragging a clip. You can also trim just the audio of a clip by dragging the small vertical line. Now it's your turn. Give the Precision editor a try using the three remaining clips on the timeline. See if you can get the bear to react to the mountain biker and carry the mountain biker audio through the length of the bear clip, just like we did with the squirrel clip, and I'll see you on the next tutorial 29. Mastering iMovie: Themes: with my movie themes, you can quickly give your project a consistent, well theme. Using automatic transitions, titles and music. Let's start with a new movie project. Go to the project settings at the top right of the timeline and select the theme button. As you can see, there are several themes to choose from. Click the play button to see a preview. Let's use this bright theme for this project. Now watch what happens as you add media to the timeline. The themes, transitions and titles are automatically applied pretty cool, right, but themes air also flexible. First, at any time you can change the theme and the project will automatically be updated accordingly. Let's send it back to the bright theme to modify the themes. Titles. Just select one and modify it the same way you would any other title. Let's go to the titles been. You can add additional theme titles if needed, or choose any other title from the titles been Let's go to the transition's Been From Here . You can also swap out any of the themes transitions by dragging one of the standard transitions on top of a theme transition. In the timeline, you can always get the theme transition back if you need to. Lastly, if you want to use the themes, background music, go to the audio. Been select sound effects on the left, then choose the theme music folder. All of the I movie themes music tracks will be listed here dragged the one you want to the timeline. Let's play the project. As you can see, themes allow you to quickly create professionally looking projects in no time at all. Remember, select a theme from Project Settings at the top right of the timeline. Modify the titles, swap out the transitions if needed, and add some music. And that's all there is to it. In the next lesson, you'll learn how to quickly create ah, Hollywood style movie trailer. See, then 30. Mastering iMovie: Trailers: If you watched the previous lesson, then you know I Movie themes are a great way to quickly create a professional looking movie with consistent transitions, titles and music. I'm movie trailers offer less flexibility but enable you to create a very dynamic Hollywood style movie trailer. Here's how trailers work when you create a new project, select trailer rather than movie, then select the appropriate library. If you have multiple libraries, open and click OK, as you can see, I'm movie presents you with several movie trailers to choose from. Let's preview one notice below each trailer. The recommended number of cast members and the duration are displayed. Let's create a trailer using the family template where you normally see the timeline. You now see three tabs representing the three stages you'll follow to create the trailer. First is the outline. Here you can change the name of the movie, then identify each cast member. You can add or remove cast members as well. And by the way, some of this information is already populated from previous trailers that I've created in my movie. Next, give your studio and name and choose a logo style, Then enter the credits Okay, now let's go to this story board. Here you'll see gray placeholders representing the type of shots and the duration of the shots for the trailer. The type of shot is only a suggestion, but the duration is fixed. For example, I movie suggests a landscape clip for the first shot, but I don't have one, so I'll just select a clip of both my kids and notice I movie will automatically add the appropriate duration that's needed for the placeholder. The duration cannot be modified. Next, I'll add one of just Darby to see a preview skin below the clips, and you can change the text if needed. Okay, I think you get the point, so I'm going to just go through and fill in the rest of the placeholders and modify the text where needed Now. Once the storyboard is complete, go to the shot list tab to see a list of all the shots from here, you can easily swap a clip by selecting it and then choosing an alternative from your media been and that's all there is to it. Let's go back to the storyboard tab, set the project back to the beginning, using the viewer controls and watch it in full screen. Very nice. Now you could impress your friends and family with professional looking, Hollywood style movie trailers that you can create in no time at all. Remember when creating a new project, select trailer, then choose the trailer template you want to use. Fill in the cast and credit details in the outlined tab. Add your media and modify the text in the storyboard tab and review your selected shots or replace shots in the shot list tab. And that's all there is to creating. Ah, Hollywood style movie trailer. Now it's your turn. Use your own personal media to create an epic movie trailer. 31. Mastering iMovie: Conclusion: Well, if you're watching this video, I guess you made it through the entire course. At this point, you know, just about everything there is to know about my movie. Consider yourself an eye movie, Master. I hope you've thoroughly enjoyed this course and found it to be a very valuable learning experience. If you have any feedback, positive or negative, feel free to contact me directly and let me know. I'd love to hear from you. OK, now it's time to get busy creating some amazing movies. Good luck.