MacMost Now 259: iMovie 09 Editing Basics

Learn all of the different ways you can edit clips in iMovie 09. You can select a portion of the clip, trim the ends, split a clip, use the clip trimmer and the precision editor.

Comments: 12 Responses to “MacMost Now 259: iMovie 09 Editing Basics”

    Tim Smith
    13 years ago

    Hi Your tutorials are so good i'm sitting here watching all i need. Thanks so much. I have been on pc up untill recently and i bought a imac 27" and fce4 I have been doing a few projects like slideshows and small video edits. And I have a problem. The quality of my title text is very blurry when I burn it through idvd and watch it on my tv 40"lcd Its perfect in fce4 and imovie but when i play it back on dvd itr looks terrible is it something to do with the way i am exporting it ?

    13 years ago

    VERY, VERY useful tutorial. I watched it several times to absorb all the great information. I have one friendly suggestion, though: You need to refrain from say "go ahead" each time you make a suggestion. It's distracting. Otherwise, great instructional video.

      12 years ago

      what are you talking about "dude", he is fine just the way he is, what are you a tv producer

    13 years ago


    Thank you for posting your tutorials. They are very helpful. I do have a question regarding quality loss of the clips. I'm using iMovie 09 and when I drag a clip to my project area to edit, the quality of the clip is not as good for some reason. The clip in my project area appears more grainy compared to the area of the same clip where the rest of my clips are viewed. Is there some sort of setting I have to set before I drag a specified clip in my project area to have the same video quality?

      13 years ago

      Remember that what you are looking at is the "preview" area. It is only a preview. A clip preview is raw -- just the clip. A project preview is much more complex with the possibility of titles, multiple pictures, etc. Even if you aren't using them, the preview of a project is something created in real-time, as opposed to the preview of a clip which is just playing back the clip.
      Don't worry so much about the preview area. It is just a preview. It is the exported final video that matters.

    13 years ago

    Hi Gary, I'm trying to edit my video in the project library and I can't seem to find a numerical timeline (I want to copy 1 hour of footage and paste it to another project) do I find a timeline that shows me what time I'm at in the project?

      13 years ago

      No numerical timeline in iMovie. You can get closer to it by switching to the single row mode (button at the top right of the project space, but only in iMovie)

    Holly Adams
    13 years ago

    Thank you Gary for a great tutorial. Saved me a lot of time and headache. Keep up the good work!

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