Video Tutorials / iMovie

You can use Picture-In-Picture and keyframes to animate object movement in iMovie. Once you add an overlay you can set one or more keyframes and the object will move over time to match each keyframe. You can import transparent graphics to use this feature to highlight a moving element in your video. Video Transcript (Click […] (Read More, 11 Replies)
In iMovie you can record directly from the microphone to narrate your video. You can start at any point and record your voice, then manipulate the audio track like any other. This comes in handy for regular videos, but also for photo slideshows created in iMovie. Video Transcript (Click to Expand) Hi this is Gary […] (Read More, 7 Replies)
iMovie version 10 uses a new system for storing clips and projects. It is very easy to be able to create and use multiple iMovie libraries and move items between them. You can store archived projects in libraries, and even spread your projects across multiple hard drives. Video Transcript (Click to Expand) Hi this is […] (Read More, 20 Replies)
You can use backgrounds in iMovie in a number of ways. They can be placeholders between clips, or backgrounds to elements like titles. You can also put backgrounds on top of other video as overlays. Backgrounds can be customized somewhat, or you can use your own image or photo. Video Transcript (Click to Expand) Hi, […] (Read More, 9 Replies)
Markers are a simple tool in iMovie that allow you to create points in your video where the playback head and other elements will snap. You can use them to mark places to add things later, or to let you easily line up overlays, titles or other elements. You can add markers while the video […] (Read More, 10 Replies)
Once you have created your video masterpiece, you may want to put some professional-looking credits at the end. You can do this with the Scrolling Credits title effect in iMovie. But with a little work, you can make the credits look even better by moving them over and adding images that appear to the left […] (Read More, 10 Replies)
Learn how to edit audio in iMovie. You can change the volume of the audio in your clips, as well as apply filters. You can add additional audio, such as sound effects and music. You can layer audio by combining several pieces of sound. Video Transcript (Click to Expand) I’m using iMovie 10 here and […] (Read More, 13 Replies)
You can use semi-transparent images in iMovie as cutaways and picture-in-picture sources. This allows you to bring in almost any graphic element. You can use arrows and circles on your videos, for instance. You’ll need to create the image in an editor like Photoshop or Pixelmator, and same it as a 32-bit PNG file. Then […] (Read More, 8 Replies)
Cutaways allow you to place another video on top of the current one and then return to the original later. You can have cutaways fade in and out and make them semi-transparent. Cutaways come in handy when you want to show something on top of the video while the audio from the main clip remains […] (Read More, 7 Replies)
The Ken Burns effect in iMovie allows you to change the cropping of a video clip or photo over time. You can use this simple device to add movement to your visuals. You can also use this to effectively show detail in large photos of wide or long objects. With a little creativity, you can […] (Read More, 5 Replies)
You can use iMovie to create a slideshow video from a series of photos. All of the iMovie tools, like effects, transitions and titles, can be used in a slideshow to make it more interesting than slideshows created in some other tools. You can also easily share your slideshow video from iMovie. Video Transcript (Click […] (Read More, 22 Replies)
You can place one video or photo over another in iMovie using picture-in-picture. Then you can position and resize the overlaying video. You can add transitions and even have the one video swap places with the other. Side-by-side is a similar effect that places two videos next to each other. Video Transcript (Click to Expand) […] (Read More, 2 Replies)
Learn how to put transitions between your video clips in iMovie. You can specify exactly where each transition starts and ends with the precision editor. You can also quickly apply transitions with a keyboard shortcut or have them automatically fill in as you add more clips. Special iMovie themes have custom transitions that work in […] (Read More, 4 Replies)
Explore iMovie’s video effects. You can make color and quality adjustments on each video clip. You can also apply a variety of special effects, like aged film, to each clip. Controls let you speed up, slow down or freeze frame. Video Transcript (Click to Expand) Hi this is Gary with MacMost.com. Let’s take a look […] (Read More, 5 Replies)
iMovie includes a variety of useful titles that you can use in between clips or on top of them. Some of the titles allow you to change the font style and other elements. Sometimes the creative use of spacing, extra lines and justification can let you customize them further. You can also use your own […] (Read More, 3 Replies)
When you have a video or photo that does not fit into your iMovie video project exactly, you most crop it one way or another. You can decide to cut off portions of the image so it fills the frame, or you can show more of the image, but have black bars in the space […] (Read More, 5 Replies)
Learn the basics of iMovie. See how to import video clips and then combine them into a larger video. Find out how to export that video to a file, or put it in iTunes Theater. Video Transcript (Click to Expand) Hi, this is Gary with MacMost.com. Let’s take a look at some iMovie basics. So […] (Read More, 52 Replies)
It is easy to end up with many layers of audio, such as background sounds, voiceovers, and music, in a typical iMovie project. iMovie includes several tools for letting you control these audio tracks and adjust the volume and position of each. Video Transcript (Click to Expand) Hi this is Gary with MacMost Now. On […] (Read More, 7 Replies)
After you have made many iMovie projects, you may want to remove them from your projects and events lists. This can be as easy as just moving the folders and files from your movies folder. If you want to go back to that project, simply move the files and folders back to their original locations. […] (Read More, 32 Replies)
If you need to convert video into a more Mac-compatible format, try the very simple Miro Video Converter. It takes most kinds of video and converts them simply and quickly into formats compatible with iOS devices, iTunes and iMovie. Video Transcript (Click to Expand) Hi, this is Gary with MacMost Now. On today’s episode I’m […] (Read More, 14 Replies)
You can create cool animated text and graphics in Keynote and then export it with a transparent background. You need to know how to set the background to transparent and how to export the video in a special way. These transparent overlays can then be used in iMovie to create a variety of effects. Video […] (Read More, 49 Replies)
You can put solid colors, textures or animatics in your iMovie timeline for a variety of reasons. Use them to allow your audio to play when there is no video to show. Or, use them to plan your movie. Video Transcript (Click to Expand) Hi it’s gary with MacMost Now. On todays episode let’s look […] (Read More, 5 Replies)
You can place chapter markers while creating video projects in iMovie. These can be used to jump to parts of your video while viewing it in QuickTime Player, iTunes or on iOS and Apple TV. You can also use chapter markers to quickly create DVDs with iDVD that include those markers. Chapter markers and comments […] (Read More, 11 Replies)
You can combine different elements of iMovie to create your own effects and titles. As an example, learn how to create scrolling end credits that include still images fading in and out on the left. Video Transcript (Click to Expand) Hi, this is Gary with MacMost Now. On today’s episode, I’d like to share with […] (Read More, 24 Replies)
iMovie limits you to one picture-in-picture effect at a time. But you can cheat by placing multiple pictures in a single image using an image editing tool. Video Transcript (Click to Expand) Hi, this is Gary with MacMost Now. On today’s episode, let me show you how to do multiple pictures in picture in I’movie. […] (Read More, 30 Replies)
Many iMovie users wonder why they get black bars on the sides or above and below an image that the drop into their movie. This is caused when the picture is a different aspect ratio than the video. You can use cropping in iMovie 11 to select the area of the image you want to […] (Read More, 6 Replies)
If you have produced a video in iMovie and the file size is too large, you can use a free program called MPEG Streamclip to compress it with little loss of quality. The key is to use .mp4 with h264 compression and then adjust the bit rate to get the right trade-off of file size […] (Read More, 32 Replies)
Take a look at iMovie for the iPad 2. This simplified version of the desktop software allows you to put together clips you take with your iPad’s cameras into short movies. You can choose a theme that determines the look of the transitions and titles. You can insert audio and photos. Video Transcript (Click to […] (Read More, 29 Replies)
While the set of iMovie 11 titles is more limiting than most video editing tools, you can use some simple tricks to place and style titles. Some of the title options allow you to position the text by simply inserting lines and changing font properties. Video Transcript (Click to Expand) Hi this is Gary with […] (Read More, 75 Replies)
Beat Markers allow you to set points in an audio track and then drop in video with cuts that match the beats. After timing out the beats in a soundtrack, all you need to do is drag and drop video or photos into iMovie and the video will be cut to match the markers. You […] (Read More, 15 Replies)