How to create multimedia projects using iMovie 06
Before you start
Before you start building your multimedia project, you need to have:
• Written narration.
• Edited images.
• Edited and converted video clips if you are using any. FLV (flash video) does not work in iMovie, so convert it to QuickTime.
• Background music if you are using any.
Step 1: Starting iMovie.
1. Open iMovie.
2. Click Create a New Project.
3. Name your project with you name. You can save in the default “Movies” folder.
4. Click the Create button.
Step 2: Recording a voiceover
IMPORTANT: Before you begin, check System Preferences to make sure your microphone is selected as the sound input device and the volume level for the microphone is not set too low (choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Sound, and then click Input). You can turn the recording volume of your microphone up or down by changing the input volume in the Sound pane of System Preferences.
To record a voiceover:
1. Click Media, and then click the Audio button at the top of the Media pane.
2. Click the Record button (shown above) and speak into your microphone.
Speak clearly. While you are speaking, the input meter should be yellow. If it turns red, you are speaking too loudly.
3. Click the button again to stop recording. (iMovie Help).
Splitting an audio clip
If you make a mistake, stop there. Then, position the playhead right before you made the mistake. You will split the audio clip and delete the part you do not want.
To split a video or audio clip:
1. Select the clip you want to split in the Clips pane, clip viewer, or timeline viewer.
2. Position the playhead where you want to divide the clip.
Tip: To precisely adjust the playhead, press the Left or Right Arrow key to move it one frame at a time. To move the playhead in ten-frame increments, hold down the Shift key while pressing the arrow key.
3. Choose Edit > Split Video Clip at Playhead or Split Selected Audio Clip at Playhead.
Select the part you do not want, and delete it. Move the playhead to the end of the audio clip, and continue recording.
Step 3: Importing pictures and video clips to iMovie.
1. File > Import and select the pictures or video clips you want
2. All the pictures and video clips will appear in the Clips pane.
Step 4: Bringing pictures and video clips to Timeline.
1. Click the Clip Viewer button (shown below).
2. Select the clips from the Clips pane and drag them to the clip viewer.
Step 5: Removing motion from a photo if you want.
iMovie HD is automatically set to apply pan and zoom effects to still images that you add to your movie. If you don't want the pan and zoom effect applied to an image, deselect the Ken Burns Effect checkbox in the Photo Settings window before you add the photo to your movie.
If you add motion to a photograph in your movie and then change your mind, you can remove the pan and zoom from it.
To remove the pan and zoom effect from a photo in your movie:
1. Select the image in the clip viewer or timeline viewer.
2. Click the Media button, click Photos at the top of the Media pane, and then click Show Photo Settings.
3. In the Photo Settings window, deselect the Ken Burns Effect checkbox.
4. Click Apply.
Step 6: Fine-tuning where a clip begins and ends
You can adjust the length of a clip by dragging one of its edges in the timeline viewer. This is called "direct trimming."
IMPORTANT: You can't use direct trimming if you're showing clip volume levels. To hide clip volume levels, deselect Show Clip Volume Levels in the View menu. (A selected item has a checkmark next to it; choose the item again to deselect it.)
To trim a video clip using direct trimming:
1. If necessary, choose iMovie HD > Preferences, click the General button, and select the "Snap to items in Timeline" checkbox.
2. Click the Timeline Viewer button (A, shown above).
3. Select the clip you want to edit in the timeline viewer by clicking it.
4. Drag the playhead (B, shown above) to the frame where you want the clip to begin or end.
Tip: To precisely adjust the playhead position, press the Left or Right Arrow key to move the playhead one frame at a time. To move the playhead in ten-frame increments, hold down the Shift key while pressing the arrow key.
5. Position the pointer over the end of the clip until you see the pointer
change (A, below).
6. Drag the end of the clip to the "ghosted" playhead (B, below) to remove the frames that you want trimmed. A yellow line appears and the edge of the clip automatically "snaps" against the edge of "ghosted playhead" when you reach the frame you selected in step 4.
7. Repeat the procedure on the other end of the clip, if you want.
When you drag the edge of a clip, the adjoining clips move (or "ripple") along with it. Therefore, if you shorten or lengthen a clip, you shorten or lengthen your entire movie.
To shorten or lengthen a clip without allowing other clips to shift, hold down the Command key while you drag the clip's edge. This technique allows you to trim clips without affecting the length of your movie. When you shorten a clip, an empty space is left; when you lengthen the clip, you cover up some footage in the adjacent clip.
When trimming a clip, keep in mind that iMovie HD only hides the footage you don't want to show and doesn't actually remove or delete it. If you trim away too much, you can always choose Edit > Undo to cancel your change, or extend the clip back to the desired length by dragging one of its edges in the timeline viewer.
You can tell at a glance if a clip has been trimmed. Full clips have rounded corners in the timeline viewer, while trimmed clips have straight ends and sharp corners. (iMovie Help)
Step 7: Adding a title
1. Position the playhead to the beginning.
2. Click the Editing pane.
3. Click Title.
4. Select the title you want.
5. Type the title.
6. Change the settings as you like.
7. Drag the title to the beginning of the movie.
Step 8: Adding the credit
1. Do the same as the title, but at the end of the movie.
Step 9: Adding background music if you want.
1. Add the sound file to iTunes.
2. In iMovie, click the Media Pane.
3. Select Audio.
4. Select the sound file you want.
5. Change to Timeline viewer.
6. Drag the sound file to the second audio track, right below your narration track.
Step 10: Adjusting the sound volume
You can make sound fade up or down within an individual audio or video clip. For example, you can turn down the volume of a music track when someone in a video track begins to speak, or boost the volume of someone's speech if the recorded volume level is too low.
To fade audio up or down:
1. Click the Timeline Viewer button (A, shown above).
2. Choose View > Show Clip Volume Levels.
A volume level bar appears in each clip in the timeline viewer.
3. Click a point on the volume level bar where you want the volume to change, then drag the marker (B, shown above) up or down to adjust the volume.
You can see the percentage you've raised or lowered the volume of a clip in the clip volume field at the bottom edge of the iMovie window.
4. To specify where and how gradually you want the volume change to occur, drag the square marker (shown below) in any direction.
5. If necessary, repeat these steps where you want to bring the audio back up or down. You can click the volume level bar multiple times to adjust volume up and down at multiple points during a clip.
To remove a volume marker, select it and choose Edit > Clear.
Tip: When fading audio up or down, it's a good idea to zoom in on the
Step 11: Adding transition if you want.
1. Click the Editing Pane.
2. Move the playhead where you want a transition to appear.
3. Click Transitions.
4. Drag the transition to the Clips pane where you want the transition to appear.
Step 12: Adding Chapters if you want for your DVD.
1. Move the playhead where you want to add a chapter.
2. Click the Chapters Pane.
3. Click Add Marker button.
4. Name the Chapter Title.
Step 13: Exporting your movie
1. File > Export > iDVD
2. Click Share.
3. Select the Theme.
4. Change the texts.
5. If there is any Drop Zone, add a picture there.
6. If you do not want a Apple Logo to appear, go to iDVD > Preferences> General> Menus: uncheck Show Apple logo watermark.
7. Preview DVD playback.
8. If you are satisfied with your project, click the Burn button.
9. Insert a blank DVD-R disk.
10. Click Burn.