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My iMovie
Johnston, Craig James, 1967- , author.
Publication Information:
Indianapolis, Indiana : Que, [2014]

Physical Description:
xiii, 227 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
A step-by-step guide through the video editing software includes instructions on how to import videos, correct shaky or blurry video, and add background music and sound effects.
General Note:
Includes index.
Prologue: Getting to know iMovie general concepts -- Customizing iMovie settings and preferences -- Importing and organizing video, events, and movie clips -- Creating a new movie project -- Editing and correcting movie clips -- Adding special effects, maps, backgrounds, and titles clips -- Adding and editing voiceovers, music, and sound effects -- Editing video color, brightness, and more -- Adding and customizing video themes -- Creating and customizing movie trailers -- Sharing your movies -- Using iMovie on your iPhone and iPad.
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Step-by-step instructions with callouts to iMovie screenshots that show you exactly what to do.
Help when you run into iMovie problems or limitations.
Tips and Notes to help you get the most from iMovie.

Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through everything you want to do with iMovie.
Learn how to:
*    Become familiar with the layout of the new iMovie for Mac interface
*    Organize and manage your iMovie Library, videos, photos, and other digital media
*    Import your videos into iMovie
*    Precisely trim movie clips to show exactly what you want in your movie
*    Correct shaky or blurry video
*    Enhance your audio and create a voiceover
*    Add background music and sound effects
*    Use themes to make your movies look polished
*    Add titles and special effects to your movie
*    Create a high-quality trailer to give your friends a sneak peek at what is to come
*    Share your movies on social media like Facebook, or via email
*    Bonus Chapter: Using iMovie on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
*    Add transitions between clips to move smoothly from one clip to the next
*    Overlay one clip or photo on top of another to combine them into one image

Author Notes

Craig James Johnston has been involved with technology since his high school days at Glenwood High in Durban, South Africa, when his school was given some Apple ][ Europluses. From that moment, technology captivated him and he has owned, supported, evangelized, and written about it.Craig has been involved in designing and supporting large-scale enterprise networks with integrated email and directory services since 1989. He has held many different IT-related positions in his career ranging from sales support engineer to mobile architect for a 40,000-smartphone infrastructure at a large bank.In addition to designing and supporting mobile computing environments, Craig cohosts the podcast as well as guest hosting on other podcasts, including iPhone and iPad Live podcasts. You can see Craig's previously published work in his book Professional BlackBerry , and many books in the My series, including books covering BlackBerry, Palm, Nexus, HTC, DROID, and Samsung devices.Craig also enjoys high-horsepower, high-speed vehicles and tries very hard to keep to the speed limit while driving them. Originally from Durban, South Africa, Craig has lived in the United Kingdom, the San Francisco Bay Area, and New Jersey, where he now lives with his wife, Karen, and a couple of cats.Craig would love to hear from you. Feel free to contact Craig about your experiences with My iMovie at All comments, suggestions, and feedback are welcome, including positive and negative. Cheryl Brumbaugh-Duncan is committed to education and technology. For more than 15 years Cheryl has run her own company, Virtually Global Communications - VGC, a Web design and development company with a focus in education. Armed with a Master's degree in Education, as well as being an expert in web design and development, she has been developing cutting-edge websites and mobile Internet applications, and teaching individuals and companies about computers, technology, and web design and development.Combining web technologies and education strategies, Cheryl has developed and authored books, instructor-led training curriculum, and online education courses for clientele that include QWEST, Que, Alpha Publishing, New Riders Publishing, ADIC, Dell, Virtual Training Company-VTC, and Sun Microsystems.Cheryl has been an avid Apple Computer enthusiast for years, ever since Apple captured the education market back in the 1980s. From that time until today, she has used Apple products for her work and personal use. She has authored and taught training classes on Apple products and has used the Apple iLife suite of software since it was introduced--this includes the iMovie software product.Cheryl currently teaches college classes in web development and design. Her commitment to the combination of education, technology, and various delivery methods for communicating information keeps her very busy in this ever-changing world. Please visit her website at to learn more about Cheryl and her company Virtually Global Communications.

Table of Contents

P Getting to Know iMovie General Conceptsp. 3
iMovie Layoutp. 3
Librariesp. 4
Content Libraryp. 5
Movie Timelinep. 6
Viewerp. 7
Browserp. 7
Theaterp. 8
Toolbarp. 8
1 Customizing iMovie Settings and Preferencesp. 11
Switching the Project and Event Browsersp. 13
Resizing the Sidebar, Viewer, Event Browser, and Project Browserp. 14
Hiding the iMovie Sidebarp. 16
Changing the Display of Project and Event Browser Contentp. 17
Wrap the Movie Timelinep. 17
Adjust a Clip Thumbnail in the Event Browserp. 18
Adjust the Clip Thumbnail in the Project Browserp. 19
Setting iMovie Preferencesp. 20
Setting Movie Propertiesp. 21
2 Importing and Organizing Video, Events, and Movie Clipsp. 29
iMovie v10 Default Setupp. 30
Update Events and Projects from Older Versions of iMoviep. 31
Update Events and Projects from an External Drive or Mobile Devicep. 33
Importing Movies from a Camera, Memory Card, and iMovie for iOSp. 35
Import New Media Filesp. 37
Importing from Other Librariesp. 39
Import from iPhoto or Aperturep. 39
Import from Other Media Librariesp. 42
Working with Events and Movie Clipsp. 47
Play a Movie Clipp. 50
Select Part of a Movie Clipp. 52
Use the Skimmer and Playheadp. 52
Locate a Movie Filep. 54
Getting Organizedp. 54
Rename a Library or Eventp. 55
Create a New Eventp. 55
Rearrange Events Between Librariesp. 56
Merge Eventsp. 57
Rating Movie Clipsp. 58
Search for Tags Applied in Previous Versions of iMoviep. 60
3 Creating a New Movie Projectp. 63
Creating a New Movie Projectp. 63
Adding Clips to Your Movie Projectp. 65
Rearrange Clips in the Movie Timelinep. 69
Replace a Clip in the Movie Timelinep. 70
Adding Clip Transitionsp. 71
Switch Transitionsp. 74
Edit Transition Duration Timep. 75
Fade to Transitionsp. 76
Adding Photos to Your Moviep. 77
Add a Photo from iPhoto/Aperturep. 77
Add a Freeze-Frame Imagep. 79
Use Multiple iPhoto Librariesp. 80
Add Photos from Anywhere'p. 81
Customize the Ken Burns Effectp. 83
Turn Off Automatic Effectsp. 86
4 Editing and Correcting Movie Clipsp. 89
Trimming Movie Clipsp. 90
Use the Clip Trimmerp. 92
Use the Precision Editorp. 94
Correcting a Shaky Moviep. 99
Correcting Blurry or Distorted Videop. 101
Splitting Clipsp. 103
Merge Movie Clipsp. 105
Deleting Movie Clipsp. 106
Rotating a Movie Clipp. 107
5 Adding Special Effects, Maps, Backgrounds, and Titles Clipsp. 109
Speeding Up or Slowing Down a Clipp. 110
Adjust Clip Speedp. 110
Adjust Clip Playback Speedp. 112
Set a Preset Speedp. 114
Adjust Audio Pitchp. 115
Reverse a Moviep. 115
Apply the Rewind Special Effectp. 117
Creating an Instant Replay of a Clipp. 118
Adding Backgrounds Using the Green/Blue Screenp. 120
Add a Backgroundp. 121
Make Green Screen Adjustmentsp. 123
Using Picture-in-Picturep. 124
Apply the Picture-in-Picture Effectp. 125
Creating Side by Side Clipsp. 127
Display Side-by-Side Clipsp. 127
Adding Maps & Backgrounds to a Moviep. 129
Add an Interactive Mapp. 129
Add a Backgroundp. 131
Adding Titles to a Moviep. 132
Add Title Text to Movie Clipsp. 134
Customize Title Font Propertiesp. 136
Adding Credits at the End of Your Moviep. 138
6 Adding and Editing Voiceovers, Music, and Sound Effectsp. 143
Recording a Voiceoverp. 143
Adding Music from iTunesp. 146
Adding Sound Effectsp. 147
Adding Audio from GarageBandp. 148
Editing Audiop. 149
Slowing Down or Speeding Up Audiop. 150
7 Editing Video Color, Brightness, and Morep. 153
Using the Adjust Menup. 153
Adjusting Color Balancep. 154
Match Colorp. 155
Adjust White Balancep. 155
Adjust Skin Tonep. 156
Correcting Colorp. 156
Croppingp. 157
View the Cropping Menup. 157
Cropp. 157
Use the Ken Burns Effectp. 158
Correcting for Stability and Rolling Shutterp. 158
Adjusting Volumep. 159
Using Noise Reduction and Equalizer Settingsp. 161
Using Video and Audio Effectsp. 161
8 Adding and Customizing Video Themesp. 165
Creating a New Project with a Video Themep. 166
Adding a Video Theme to an Existing Projectp. 167
Change the Theme Titlesp. 169
Add a Locationp. 170
Change the Transitionp. 170
Use the Precision Editorp. 171
Removing a Themep. 172
9 Creating and Customizing Trailersp. 175
Creating a Trailerp. 175
Customize Your Trailerp. 177
Tweak the Clipsp. 179
Work with the Shot Listp. 180
Sharing Your Trailerp. 181
10 Sharing Your Moviesp. 185
Sharing Your Moviep. 185
Share via Emailp. 186
Share to iTunesp. 187
Share to YouTubep. 188
Share to Facebookp. 189
Share to Vimeop. 190
Share to CNN iReportp. 191
Save Your Movie to Your Mac Hard Diskp. 192
Seeing Where Your Movie Is Sharedp. 192
11 Using iMovie on Your iPhone and iPadp. 195
Creating a New Movie Projectp. 195
The Movie Project Main Screenp. 197
Adding Video, Photos, and Audiop. 199
Add videop. 199
Add Photosp. 201
Add Audiop. 201
Editing Your Projectp. 202
Add Titlesp. 203
Speed Up or Slow Down a Clipp. 204
Trim a Clipp. 205
Zoom Inp. 206
Duplicate a Clipp. 206
Create a Freeze Framep. 207
Split a Clipp. 208
Delete a Clipp. 209
Change the Clip Volumep. 209
Detach the Audio from a Clipp. 210
Fade Audiop. 212
Switch Audio Between Foreground and Backgroundp. 213
Record a Voiceoverp. 213
Edit a Transitionp. 214
Sharing Your Movie or Trailerp. 216
Indexp. 219