Cheatsheet for Editing in iMovie or YouTube


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Cheatsheet for Editing in iMovie or YouTube

  1. 1. iMovie:Overview of the Interface1. Windows are: -Project Library/ Timeline -Preview window -Toolbar - most editing programs will have some variation of this -Event Library -Event Browser2. You can expand or contract your filmstrip layout if you want to see more or lessframes at one time.3. Can rotate the Project Pane and your clips if you need more room for one or theother4. *Notice: There is no “Save As” in iMovie. iMovie automatically saves any changesyou make but if you are using any other editor remember to save often5. If you want to preview a certain area just drag your cursor over the area you wantto view, you do not have to click but just drag and then press the space bar whenyou want to start playing6. The space bar is a universal start and stop shortcut for all editing systems7. You can also play a selection by selecting an area, “control-click” select “playselection”—The forward / is the shortcut for this selection.8. Play buttons at the bottom allow you to play all raw clips in orderPlay button on the left plays in full screen9. Once you have all the footage you plan to use in your Event Browser, justminimize the Event Library by clicking the boxed star10. Once footage has been added to timeline notice the orange bar across the bottom– That alerts me that I have used that footage – which means I can do whatever Iwant to that clip in the project and it won’t affect the raw clip in the BrowserToolbar Overview1. The Camera button allows you to import footage from a connected camera2. The next button allows you to swap project and raw video panes3. The bar allows you to expand and contract your video project
  2. 2. 4. Next is used to add a clip to your project – in lieu of dragging the clip up -It isn’t a big deal, just however you prefer to work5. The next 3 buttons are for rating our clips and sorting the good from the bad6. The 3 after that are for adding voiceover, cropping your clip, and for openingthe inspector7. The button with the sound waves is for muting or unmuting your clips whenyou’re skimming through8. Next is the audiometer9. The next 2 are for adding music or photos to your project10. Next two areTitles and BackgroundsOrganizing Your Clips1.If you upload footage from multiple shoots, say your friend’s wedding and yourproject for class, you can create a new event and then just drag and drop footageinto other events to keep your footage organized3. Your clips are organized in sequential order4. Mark as favorite if it is a good clip – which adds a green barMark footage as rejected footage, say shaky footage – click x button *Note: Can select to view which footage you want to view under the “show” area at the bottom5. If you are working on a school comp and need to store your events on your ownpersonal external drive – go to event library and select to see all drives connected tothe computer will show up --- then you just drag and drop(if you just drag and drop you will see a “+” sign which means the footage is beingcopied and will live in both places—If you want to cut the event selectcommand/apple key and then drag and drop and it will move to your drive anderase from the local computer’s harddriveEditing1. You can drag all the clips you want to use into your project and then arrange themsequentially2. You can tweak your clips within your project pane. For example, if a clip looks toolong you can control click and delete selection
  3. 3. 3. You can add or remove frames to get really precise by clicking option and arrows4. iMovie 08 threw out the traditional timeline which most editors still use but thisnew version is even simpler than ever and is really aimed at people who have noprevious knowledge of editing or little knowledge about computers in general -one benefit to timelines is being able to see the timecodes of your project (like say if it needs to be a 2 minute video) -if you are somewhat of a traditionalist you can click the single row button at the top and add all clips to a single timeline where you can view timecode (if you choose to edit this way you might want to swap windows and then it looks very similar to a traditional editing software…but if you’re new to editing this prob won’t be an issue for you)5. You can then add transitions between clips if you don’t want the edits to be soabrupt. The most used transition is the cross dissolve but there are many available.Adding Effects1. Go to “Clip” and select “Special Effect” or “Fade to” and make your selection.2. Can stabilize footage in your inspector…it can take a lot of time if the clip is longAudio1. To edit audio for a specific clip control click and select audio adjustments andthen you can make adjustments—You can raise or lower levels, fade the audio in orout, reduce background noise and so on…2. The equalizer has built in settings – for ex. Boost voice3. Normalize clip volume let’s the comp do the work for you4. Or, click the waveform button in the project window and you can see where youraudio is high and low. This is a nice visual way to make sure your clips match involume across the project.5. iMovie also comes with sounds. Select the music button in your toolbar.7. One thing that is strange is that if you want to edit to a song you need to set yourmusic as background music because iMovie attaches sounds to a specific clip -To do this drag and drop as before but drag to an empty area until the background highlights – this sets it as a background soundExporting1. When you’re finished you export under the “Share” menu
  4. 4. 2. You can export the file and then upload it through the site directly or use theYouTube feature in iMovie3. When you choose a size choose the largest size it will allow.4. Then the URL your video will be on will show up for you5. You can also just export the file itself by choosing one of the options below thedividing line—Click export “Movie” you then select a location to save it and voila -You can also have more control if you choose export to quicktimeYouTube Editor:1. All videos you have uploaded appear to the top left, you have no choice but to seeall of them2. The video you’re working on appears in the window to the right and you have astoryboard/timeline of your project at the bottom3. Click on the “+” on the upper right side of the clip to add it to your timeline (youcan also drag and drop). Once you have added the clip you can edit the video4. You then drag the bar on either side to achieve the length you want5. You can also customize clips --- You can rotate, add effects like brightness andstabilization and add lowerthirdtext --- To access the features you just place yourmouse over the clip in the timeline6. You have the ability to add new audio by clicking the music note tab and you canselect music from YouTube’s library of license free music (Note: You cannot trim oredit the audio track – the audio will stop when the video ends)7. By default the audio added replaces the original audio but you can customize thevolume at which the audio track plays over your clips You can choose between: -Only music (default) -Favor music (plays the audio most prominently) -Equal (play original and music equal) -Favor original (plays original audio most prominently)8. Final step is to publish