3.Editing+in+iMovie

3.Editing+in+iMovie - J210 VisCom handout Editing with...

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Overview. This handout suggests a process and explains the necessary skills for turning your video footage into a sequence by editing it with iMovie. Note. While you can break your editing into two or more work sessions, you may find it convenient to do it all in one sitting. If so, plan on at least three hours. If you have a Macintosh with iMovie ver- sion 6 at home, you can do your project on your hard drive. Please do NOT use iMovie version 7, 8 or 9. If you elect to use some other video edit- ing software, you are responsible for saving it using the exact same output settings as described in the 4.finishing the video.pdf. Do not try this if you are not expert at video editing. Suggested process. At a minimum, you must do the first six steps. The four on sound are optional, but you may want to try them. Note. What we have been calling a “shot,” iMovie calls a “clip.” We will use “clip” for the rest of this handout. 1. Drag your video files into the clip pane. 2. Crop each clip loosely while in the clip pane. 3. Sequence them in the clip pane. 4. Drag the clips to the timeline. 5. Shorten the clips as desired. 6. Title your video and add credits at the end. If you want to work at a higher, more professional level, add these steps between 5 and 6: 5b. Strip the sound from all the video clips. Create a layer for sound and edit your sound clips into combination of natural sound, interviews and voice overs that lasts for 90 to 120 seconds. 5c. On the video layer, assemble your visuals to match the sound. That is when somebody in an interview says “ocean,” you show your footage of the ocean. If you want even more control of your audio, use the Zoom H2 to record both on-camera interviews (use the lavaliere mic) and natural sound. To access the resulting .WAV files, you’ll need to copy them into iTunes, add them to a Playlist, and then use the Media/Audio pane to import them onto your audio timeline. Regardless of approach, you should edit your sound by a) adjusting the volume louder or quieter and b) fading the sound in or out, or c) muting it. Note. While iMovie includes effects and transi- tions, do not use them in J210. Most of them are gimmicky. They often call attention to themselves, detracting from your story. On your first time pro- ducing a video, concentrate your effort and creativ- ity on shooting good footage and editing it effec- tively to tell a story. We want to see what you can create, not the software programmers’ eye candy. Preview your video footage Find and launch iMovie. Click the Create a New Project button. When the window opens, name your project. Keep it DV video format and save to the desktop. iMovie creates a .iMovieProject file and opens the editing interface. Drag the .MOV files you made with the G11 one
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