History Day iMovie Instructions
1. Creating a New Project.
Open iMovie in Applications folder in the bottom dock.
Click on it and “create new project
Then, name the project (i.e. Rosa Parks)
Navigate to the “movie” folder and save.
Reminder: Save at least every ten minutes to make sure you do not loose
2. Basic set up of iMovie.
Choose “media” for sound. (includes iTunes library)
Choose “media” for photos (includes iPhoto library)
Choose “editing” to add a title or words (i.e. quote or section heading) to your project.
Choose “clips” to work on video editing.
3. Create a title. (Also works for segment or quote slides.)
Choose “editing.” Click on “title.”
Highlight the “Centered Multiple Approach” title option.
Create title (see example below for required content):
The Japanese Take a Stand Against the United States
To add a line, click on the “+.” To get rid of a line, click on the “-.”
Click on the “over black” box to get a black background with words on it.
Change or choose color as desired. Make sure colors match the subject area.
Drag the lever on the sizing button to size as desired.
Drag the lever on the speed or type in the desired time.
Preview to make sure you like it. Then, click on “add.”
o It automatically goes to the beginning of the movie.
o If want a quote slide, make sure the playhead is in the desired spot and it will add there.
4. Taping narration.
Click on “Media.” Then, choose “audio.”
It can be record using the built in mic by clicking on the red button. NOTE: Volume level should
make sure you are recording loud enough.
An outside mic can be added as well to make recording easier. See Ms. Anderson.
DO FIRST as its easier to change other items.
Tape a paragraph at a time for timing ease. HINT: Alternate narrators for quotes & narration
Once recorded, volume bar appears on recording. Adjust to desired levels. You can fade out or
Can use the headset and mic combinations (Garageband.)
REMEMBER: Take turns recording and be courteous to one another. Count down 3, 2, 1,
before to ensure no noise is added.
5. Adding digital still images.
Save desired images to the desktop and/or your folders in iPhoto.NOTE: Google is a great
source for images.
Try to find larger images (640 X 480) to fill the screen without distortion.
Images can be downsized to fit the screen. Some images can be made larger but rare.
Click on view full size image. Then, click on the picture. Choose “save as.” Name it for
ease with a .jpg or .gif ending.
Save images in your student folder to History Day folders (i.e. causes, about, theme,
Open iPhoto. Click on “import,” then “choose computer icon, then “folders,” then “student,” and
then your folder. Choose desired photo/images and place in iPhoto library.
HINT: This allows you to change time and work with cropping as needed.
Otherwise, it automatically sets time to 5 seconds if NOT in iPhoto and unchangeable.
Choose “media,” and click on “photos.” iPhoto will appear. Click on desired photo.
Able to change time length and choose Ken Burns (reverse or regular).
MUST BE done in iPhoto.
Drag photo into top line below.
Continue until photos are in.
Note: Google Images is not a source. For any site where only one image is used, click on
the image used and go to the original website where it can be found. Copy the web
address (url) and remember to cite it in EasyBib with a one sentence annotation.
6. Cutting digital video clips and time w/ narration.
See Ms. Anderson or your teacher for clips found on internet
You can download movies directly from Discovery Education and Ebsco-History Research
The best formats are QuickTime or .mov. Go with the highest quality video.
Can hook up camera and import digital film footage from camera.
Both will appear in “clips.”
Click on “clips.” Watch clip. Can cut parts or split footage.
Stop playhead at desired stop. Choose “Advanced” or “Edit” menu. Choose “Split at
Playhead, ” Drag other unused part to clips.
Can get rid of audio from video. Click on unwanted sound clip. Click on “advanced” in
menu bar. Then, “Extract Audio.” You can delete the audio.
Move playhead to desired area. Then, drag clip to top line. It’s in.
7. Add a music selection
DO THIS LAST!!!!!
First, double check volume levels of all narration. Move up narration on sound bar higher.
From iTunes, click on “media,” and then “sound.”
The iTunes library will appear.
Click on desired song to preview.
Put playhead at desired spot for music. Music will appear below.
Like video clips, music can be split. Play the playhead at desired part. Highlight the
music/audio clip. Then, choose “edit” or “advanced.” Then, click on “Split at Playhead.”
Highlight unwanted part, click delete and it disappears.
If you can get audio of a speech or interview, this makes for an interesting way to share
A volume line appears like narration. Choose volume to fit with narration.
HINT: Make sure music fits the mood of narration and does not distract from
narration. Classical music or music from the studied time period are good. DO NOT
use current music.
8. Scrolling Credits – Use scrolling block
Choose “Editing.” Then, “title.” Choose scrolling block effect. Here you need to site music
selections, video footage and images with google images reference.
Background, color, and timing can be done using instructions from title.
Additional Technical Instructions
1. Adding Images from a Digital Camera.
Open iPhoto application.
Plug in the camera with firewire. Ask fro help as needed from your teacher!
Choose “import” images. It will show up in the iPhoto library.
REMINDER: Put photos here as you can edit them!!!
2. Adding video footage from camera.
Connect camera to computer with firewire. (You can choose part of footage by watching first and
then stopping at the right beginning moment.)
Choose “file” menu. Then “import.”
The video clips will appear on the “clips” part of iMovie.
3. Adding music from a CD. (NO iPods do NOT work.)
Open iTunes application.
Put in CD.
Click on CD in iTunes. Import or highlight the desired songs to import.
Songs will appear in library.
Access the in the “media” part of iMovie. Click on “sound,” and choose the iTunes library.
1. Leave lots of time to play.
2. Triple check the volume levels.