USING iMOVIE iMovie comes in many versions—iMovie HD, iMovie 08, and iMovie09. In class today, we will show you iMovie 09. Because each version is slightly different in its interface (what it looks like), this handout focuses on terms/concepts common across all versions. Online “How To” Books (available to all Miami students, unlimited readers simultaneously) Go the library website, click on Databases, click on S and find Safari (not the browser, the database). Search for the following two books: --iMovie '09 and iDVD: The Missing Manual, 1st Edition --iMovie ’09 & iDVD for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide (They also have books on the earlier versions of iMovie—the Missing Manual series and the Peachpit Press QuickStart series are usually the best) Overview iMovie enables you to work with video, photos, music, voiceover (recorded voice), transitions, titles, and special effects. All iMovie projects are called “movies” even if they don’t include any video. When you save iMovie projects they are saved as project files and they are only viewable in iMovie. When you want to publish your project as a movie file that’s viewable by others you need to “share” it. We will go over how to publish your video. In older versions of iMovie you have two ways to work with your movie—timeline and clips. In newer versions of iMovie you just see clips unless you go into the “Precision Editor.” Copyright Ideally you will own the copyright or use works that under U.S. Code of Federal Regulations fall under Fair Use. Some web sites that discuss U.S. Copyright Law are available linked off of http://english22409.wordpress.com/resources. Photos in iMovie Photos must be on your computer before you may insert them. So if you have photos on Flickr or other online sites, download them to your computer first. If you have iMovie09 your photos must be in iPhoto before you can put them in iMovie. Photos stay on the screen for a set duration—you can change the length of time each photo is visible. You can find photos on the Web that have Creative Commons licenses on them giving other people permission to download and use these photos. See the photo/image resources at http://english22409.wordpress.com/resources Special Effects You can add special effects to photos and videos in iMovie. Transitions You can add transitions between elements in a movie. Consider your purpose when adding transitions and remember you do not have to have transitions. Titles You can add text (called titles) at the start of the movie project, on a slide before an image, on top of an image, and at the end of the movie. You can have titles be static (stay in one place) or be moving. Music You can add music to your videos. The music must be on your computer first and it works best if it’s in iTunes. You put the music in music tracks where you can then change its length, copy and delete segments etc. You can put the music track at the background of the whole project, or you can attach it to one particular clip. You can find free music on the Internet at many sites, including http://www.creativecommons.org Voiceover You can record your voice in iMovie using the microphone on your computer or wearing a microphone headset. For digital storytelling, many people record themselves reading their essay first, then they put images in. (You can also record your voice using a free program called Audacity that works with both Macs and PCs.) You can edit your voice, split the clips, etc. Video To work with video you must “import” it into iMovie, either playing it off the video camera or importing it from a file saved on your computer. Different versions of iMovie read different formats, but most versions read .mov files. Editing Video, Music, Voiceover To delete video, music, voiceover, you need to split the clip to break it into sections so you can delete sections you don’t want. You can also “Trim to Clip Head” Publishing your Movie Go to Share and choose how you want to publish your movie. Generally it’s best to share your movie in a high quality large size and then to make a compressed size, saving both to your computer. Once you have them on your computer you can upload them to YouTube, email them to friends, etc. iMovie generally saves movies as .mov or .mv4 files. Getting Help iMovie has a good help menu. In addition, many resources are online too. You may also go to the Center for Information Management (CIM) in King Library and they have consultants who can help you with the technology. If you would like help with your writing and project, you can also go to the Howe Writing Center in King Library.