This handout suggests a process and
explains the necessary skills for turning your video
footage into a sequence by editing it with iMovie.
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
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
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.
At a minimum, you must do
the first six steps. The four on sound are optional,
but you may want to try them.
What we have been calling a “shot,” iMovie
calls a “clip.” We will use “clip” for the rest of this
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
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
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.
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