15 10 2012

This is my final installment on the series of iMovie tutorials on by Garrick Chow.

Today i will be looking at:

Fine tuning clips

This would have been really useful to me a long time ago in a high school not so far way. I was shooting a video for Chemistry titled The Adventures of Afroman and Darryl. It was like Captain Planet, minus the useless teenagers with rings that should have just called Captain Planet at the beginning of the episode. Afroman had a mutant radioactive afro which housed a portal to another dimension (I bet Michael Bay steals this idea from me). He could pull anything out of his afro. I had this great scene where Afroman pull out a chicken legs to defeat his enemies by lobbing them into their mouths.  The idea was for me to make the throw as Afroman and the quickly cut to the villains with the chicken legs lodged in their mouths. I pulled this off rather poorly. In 1990-1991, all I had was a VHS camcorder. It would have saved me hours of work to have iMovie’s precision editor. Now for my commentary on how to use it.

You can fine tune clips in iMovie by using the precision editor.

This allows you control over the end points of one clip and the start point of another without changing the length of the video.

To do this roll over on of the clips you wish to edit.

  • select the action menu
    • This should open the precision editor in the bottom window. 
    • Drag the blue dots left or right to control the exact time a clip transitions to another clip.

Splitting the Clip

Do this when you wish to keep an entire clip, but place other shots in-between  that clip. This would have also been useful in my high school movie.

To do this first select the first portion of the clip that you wish to split

  • hit shift + command + s  or choose clip from the top bar
    • and go down to Split Clip

The clips will still play seamlessly, but the original clip was broken in two. You are now free to insert another clip in-between them.

Creating and adjusting still clips.

Ken Burns Effect –  this got its name from Ken Burns, a film maker who used pans and zooms of still photos in his documentaries.

Cut away Feature

This is how you can do a picture in picture effect on a video. This works with both stills and video clips.




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