iMovie '11 Basics

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iMovie '11 is a video editing software program available free for Macs. iMovie provides a basic movie editing software that is easy to use and easy to learn.

iMovie's layout is made up of four major quadrants. The top left is where the project you are currently working on will appear. The top right provides a window to preview either your project or clips you may want to view. The bottom left has your event library -- this is a list of projects you've worked on before. On the bottom right, there is space for all of the video clips you have (or will) imported. These clips will always remain in their full form in this box.

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1. Choose a theme: you'll probably want to keep this to no theme.
2. Choose a name for your project:
3. Choose your aspect ratio.
4. Choose your frame rate.
5. Click create.

1. Open Quicktime Player through your Launchpad or Spotlight.
2. Click on "File"
3. Click on "New Screen Recording."
4. Use the drop-down arrow to change options like Microphone, Quality, and Mouse Clicks.
5. To start recording, click on the red button.
6. This will ask you if you want to record your whole screen or just a portion of your screen.
7. Click again to record the full screen.
8. If you'd like to record a part of the screen, drag over the part of the screen you'd like to record. You'll be able to fix this before hittign record so it's okay to not get it perfect at first.
9. Once you have the perfect amount of screen decided, click on "Start Recording" to begin recording.
10. Once you've finished recording, hit the stop button (which is now in the location the red start button was previously).
11. If you like what you see, but would like to edit it, click on "File" "Export to" then "iMovie."
12. Alternatively, you can click the exit button and it will prompt you to save the recording. Go through the steps to save it and this will allow you to import it in the future to iMovie.
1. To record a video with your webcam, click on the camera icon on top of your “Event Library.”
2. Click on “Capture…”
3. A box will pop up asking you to modify settings. Most of these settings can remain the same; change as needed.
4. Click “Capture.”
5. When finished recording, click “Stop.”
6. After it finishes, click on “Done.”
You should see your just recorded video in the library of current clips at the bottom right of your screen.
1. If you haven't already, start a new project in iMovie.
2. Once you have a project started, click on "File" "Import" then "Movies".
3. Navigate to the video you'd like to input.
4. Most of the settings at the bottom can remain the same. Change as needed.
5. Click on "Import."
6. This will import the video to your project and you should see it appear in full in your video library.

Once you have all of the videos you’d like to use in your library, you can begin to create your movie.
1. To chose a clip, drag over the part of the clip you’d like to use in your video. This will put a yellow box around that portion.
2. Drag that portion to the Project area at top left of your screen. This will add the clip that you just selected to your current project.
3. In the project editing quadrant, you can also:
     a. Move clips around by dragging within that box to rearrange the order.
     b. Delete clips by clicking on them (a yellow box will appear) and clicking delete on your keyboard.
     c. Shorten those clips by dragging over the portion you’d like to cut down to and clicking with two fingers on it. This will bring up a menu where you can click “Trim to selection.”
     d. Detach audio by clicking on the clip with two fingers and clicking Detach Audio. This will allow you to modify the audio on that clip.

` 1. On the middle right of your screen, above the library of clips you’ve imported, you will see 5 icons next to each other, including a music note, a camera, and a T.
2. Using any of one of these will allow you to add Images/Videos/Text/etc.
3. Once you click on the Music Icon, it will bring up your iTunes library. Any song you’d like to use, must be in your iTunes library. Choose a song and drag it to where you’d like it to play in your project.
4. Clicking on the Camera Icon will allow you to add images. Any images you add must be in your iPhoto library. Choose a video and drag it to where you’d like it to appear in your project.
5. Clicking on the T will allow you to add text. Choose one of the templates and drag it to your project. Click on the text in the Preview window to change what the text says.
6. Clicking on the square with four triangles inside of it will allow you to add transitions. Drag it to between the two video clips you’d like it to appear.
7. Clicking on the globe icon will bring up a library of Maps, Backgrounds, and Animations. Drag any one of these to your project where you would like it to appear.

Once you’re finished your movie, you can save it to your computer as an actual movie file. This file will then be able to be played by video players or uploaded to sites like YouTube and Vimeo.
1. Click on Share.
2. Click on Export Movie…
3. Choose which settings best suit your needs, like where to save it to, and what name to export it as.
4. Click on Export. This may take some time. When finished, your video will be saved in the folder you chose. This file can now be uploaded to video sites like YouTube.

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