14 10 2012

The interface

Everything in iMovie is essentially contained in one window. I have attempted to use some forms of software, such as GIMP, and found it pretty overwhelming to figure out what is going on. iMovie allowed to to pick it right up and start producing videos instantly. My end products looked pretty solid.
Key Terms that need to be understood

This is the layout of iMovie.

Event Library

Place that organizes events see area A

Event Browser

See area B. This area will display the content of the events you have selected in the Event Library. iMovie stores your unmodified video footage here. Events are displayed in 5 second segments.

  • Tip: you can mute the audio when skimming by pushing this button to the right ——————->
  • In the event browser it is possible to mark a clip as a favorite by selecting the star button on the toolbar.
  • You may also select portions of a clip as a favorite
  • You may also reject footage.
    • iMovie will not display rejected clips by default
    • but you can change this in your settings.
  • Finding People – select the clip or entire event
    • Click file
      • Analyze Video
        • People

Note: People Finder is more of a face finder. It will not locate people based on pictures of their brachial region, sural region, carpals , digitals, celiac region etc…

Note about my note: It will not find people based on pictures of arms, lower legs, wrists, fingers, abdomen etc…

Project Pane

See area  C. Drag clips from the event browser here to they can be used.

  • You can edit clips from here
    • select a portion of the clip
    • Hit control – b 
      • this will trim away everything but the selection
    • Option + left arrow will add time on to a selected clip


See area D.  This area located in the upper right hand corner is where your video plays.


Is what you call the movie in progress.


I like how Mr. Chow teaches how so surf clips by using actual video clips of people surfing

This is found horizontally between the project ( areas C & D)and events (area A & B).

iMovie automatically saves your progress while you work. There is no save button. I have had iMovie crash on me about 6-8 times, but it has always had my progress saved.

The add clip to project button is very useful. That is something I had not discovered on my own. I had been dragging every clip into my projects.




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