[ Components of iMovie ] [ Palettes ] [ Menus ] [ Importing Files ] [ Exporting Files ] [ Transitions ] [ Titles ] [ Effects ] [ Audio ] [ Importing Photos ]

Components of iMovie

a) iMovie Monitor

b) The Shelf

c) The Horizontal Displays



Clip or Photo Palette

Audio Palette

Titles Palette

Transitions Palette

Effects Palette

iDVD Palette



Importing Files


Exporting Files

There are three choices for exporting files:

Additional information:



Transitions are defined as the effects used to move the viewer from one clip to the next. It is important to remember that if relatively long transitions are used sufficient footage must be available. In instances when it is necessary to have a screen become black a black segment must be created in the timeline and this can be done by either dragging existing clips aside creating a "hole" or by inserting a black graphic. The palette appears when the Transitions Button in the menu bar at the bottom of the shelf is clicked. The palette shows the available transition styles, a preview window, an update button, a four directional arrow icon, and a button for controlling the speed and direction of the transition. Clicking on the preview button permits the viewing of a full-size preview in the Monitor window. The update button makes the transition part of the movie. The four directional icon is grayed out except when a certain transition that require it is selected.

The standard transitions include:



The layout and functionality of the Titles palette is similar to that of the Transitions palette.



Allows the application of special effects to the video and the palette format is similar to the Transitions and Titles palettes containing a preview window, a scrollable list of effects and adjustment sliders. The preview window shows the possible result based on the selected special effect. The Preview Button permits a full sized preview in the Monitor window. The Effect In permits the adjustment of how fast the effect slides in. A setting of 00.00 has the effect start with the first frame. The Effect Out slider permits that determination of how close to the end of the clip the effect starts to fade out. The selected effect is not implemented until the Apply Button is pressed.

Some of the effects include:



This palette permits the importing and recording of sound and the ability to add sound effects to a movie clip. Audio files of the form MP3 and AIFF are supported. The iTunes library can also be used as a source for background music but be advised that we must be aware of the copyright laws. Note: audio files are imported to a track in the timeline viewer and not onto the shelf. Audio tracks can be arranged on the audio timelines by either dragging and dropping the tracks at the appropriate location. A the second procedure is to use the playhead. Position the playhead at the appropriate location and select Place at Playhead. Using Advanced permits the locking of a track to a particular part of the video so that the audio track moves with the video track.

A select number of Sound Effects are included on the Audio palette and these can be inserted anywhere in the movie. The sound effect is inserted by dragging and dropping the effect at a particular location. Sound effects can be dragged to a new location.

Voice narration can be included by moving the playhead to the desired location using the Sound and Record Buttons. Optimum levels should be between 50 % and 75%.


Importing Photos

Photos can be imported into a movie or a movie can be created using just photos. This palette allows the selection of the album containing the required photos. Once all the photos have been selected, the duration and the zoom factor can be changed using the appropriate slider. In addition the Ken Burns effect can be applied to the photos. Selecting the Update buttons makes the selected changes to one or all pictures and places them of the timeline.