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Macs All-in-One for Dummies®, 2nd Edition by Joe Hutsko

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Chapter V.2. Making Movies with iMovie

In This Chapter

  • Discovering how iMovie works

  • Importing and storing video

  • Creating a video project

  • Browsing and organizing video

  • Adding titles, transitions, and sound

  • Saving videos

If you have a digital video camcorder, a digital camera, or smartphone that captures video, you can create home movies. To make your home movies fancier and — almost — professional, settle into your Director's chair and get rolling with iMovie. With iMovie, you can turn your home movies into a polished product that you can upload to video-sharing sites (such as YouTube), play on video iPods, or just view on your Mac. You can also transfer them to a DVD to give to your great-aunt Helen who doesn't have a computer but does have a DVD player hooked up to her television. Any digital home movie you might have, iMovie can improve with the help of your skill and creativity.

How iMovie Works

The iMovie program consists of an Event Library and a Project Library. The Event Library appears in the bottom-left corner of the iMovie window and is where you store videos. When you want to work your magic and come up with a film project, you choose parts of any video you have stored in the Event Library and copy these parts (known as clips) into the Project Library, which appears in the upper-left corner of the iMovie window.

The basic steps for using iMovie are

  1. Import, store, and organize video in the Event Library.

  2. Copy video footage from the Event Library to a project in the Project Library. ...

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