iMovie HD
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Opening iMovie HD

Importing Video

Getting Comfortable

iMovie Editing

Trimming Clips

iMovie Safeguards




Import Photos

Import Audio

Record Narration

Add iDVD Chapters

Export to iDVD 5

Play Demo Movie

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iMovie Editing

Building a movie in iMovie is a simple process of selecting clips, dropping them into the Editing Region, and trimming your clips to appropriate lengths.

  • Switch to Edit Mode to start editing. 
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Selecting Clips

As you build your movie, you’ll make lots of choices about which clips you’d like to include.

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  • Select a clip on the Clips Pane.  The clip will open in your Monitor.
  • Press Play to view your clip, Home to jump to the beginning, or Full-Screen to hide the iMovie interface and view your selection in style.
  • Drag the Playhead back and forth to scan through your footage.  Click anywhere on the Scrubber Bar to pause on that frame.

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Whenever you select a clip in iMovie, that clip will open in the Monitor.  This is true whether you’ve clicked on an icon in the Clips Pane or on a clip that you’ve already added to the Editing Region.  You can also Play the entire movie you build in the Editing Region or any selection of highlighted clips.

Keyboard Shortcuts: 

  • The Space bar will also Play/Pause your footage.
  • Arrow Keys <- or -> will rewind or advance frame by frame. (There are 30 frames/second).
  • [Shift] + Arrow Keys <- or -> will rewind or advance in 10 frame increments.            

Adding Clips to Your Movie

Now you’ll build a sequence of clips in the Editing Region.  When you play back your movie, iMovie will “read” these clips from left to right.

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  • Select the Clip, drag it down to the Editing Region, and drop it into your sequence.
  • Notice that iMovie lets you drop your clip either before or after any other clip in your sequence.  Hover over the position where you’d like to drop your clip and the other tiles will slide apart to make room.
  • If you want to pull a clip out again, click on its tile, and drag it back to the Clips Pane.  Or simply shuffle it to another position in the Editing Region.

Clip View / Timeline View

Now is a great time to decide whether you prefer a Timeline or a Clips view of your movie.  The choice is yours.  Both Clip Viewer and Timeline Viewer are fully editable work areas.  There’s one catch: you’ll have to be in Timeline mode to see your audio tracks.

In this tutorial, we’ll refer almost exclusively to the Timeline since we’ll be doing a lot of work with our audio tracks.

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  • Select a view with the Clip / Timeline switch, located just above the Editing Region.

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