- Collect all your parts in one place – on the desktop, your documents folder, wherever – I suggest inside a folder. That makes it easier to grab the parts.
- Fire up iTunes. Drag any audio files into the iTunes window.
- You could create a new playlist and put them there – useful if there are a ton of tunes already in iTunes.
- OPTIONAL → Fire up iPhoto. Place any still shots there, into a new event.
- Fire up iMovie.
- Start a new project.
- Collect the clips into an Event
- You are supposed to be able to drag-n-drop, but I’ve had trouble getting it to work.
- File → Import → Movies
- select the file.
- Place the FIRST one into a new event.
The rest of them, place into that same newly created event.
- So you have movie clip in an event, external audio in iTunes, and still shots in a folder [or in iPhoto].
Start Assembling the Project
- In the Event pane, drag on a clip to highlight the part you want next.
- Hit the E key on the keyboard. That places the clip in the Project.
- Keep doing this in the order you want the clips to appear.
- You can drag clips into a new order if you change your mind.
- TO ADD PHOTOS/STILL SHOTS: Drag the file from your folder directly into the Project Pane [the part where the clips are being ordered].
- TO ADD PHOTOS FROM iPHOTO: Press Command-2on the keyboard to show the Photo browser. Click a photo and drag it to the Project Pane.
- TO ADD PHOTO FROM YOUR FOLDER: Drag the file into the project pane.
- Drag clips into a different order.
- Add transitions → Command-4 to show the transition browser. Pick one, drag it between the 2 clips where you want the transition used.
- Add Titles → Command-3. Drag a title ONTO a clip to add it to a clip. Drag it to a BLANK SPOT of the project pane to add it to the end of the list [i.e. titles will be on a black screen]. Then you can drag it to the desired location.
- You can generally click and drag anything to any other location. Click ON a clip, then click the GEAR icon to make changes [like make the audio louder, change the start/stop points, etc.]
Finish – when everything is more-or-less perfect:
- IF you have a lot of hand-held video [the camera was just held in your hands, and so it moves around], you can select File → Analyze Video → Stabilization. That often make the video less jerky.
- File menu → Finalize [this can take a while. Go for a walk to relieve stress.]
Export – now where does it go?
- Morning Announcements – as I type this, we are still experimenting with the correct settings. Look for an update on http://tech.mountdesales.net for the latest info.
- Share → iTunes
- File will be located inside the folder Music → iTunes → iTunes media → Home Movies
- Share → Export
- You can select the location and sometimes the “size” of the final project. It’s all checkboxes. If you have an option, I suggest selecting the biggest [i.e. best quality] option
- Share → Export using Quicktime
- Gives you the greatest number of options. You can select the final size, frame rate, video and audio codecs to use, etc.
- Which settings to use will take some experimentation. I like exporting three or four ways and seeing which works for what I’m trying to do.
- THEN write those settings down somewhere!