Category Archives: iMovie

iMovie 09 Introductory lessons

iMovie 09 – StumbleUpon. This has some interesting introductory information on how to use iMovie. It is a few years out of date, but still is useful. Has other good information about iDVD and iWeb as well.


One frame of just text in iMovie?

The Hawaii state seal.

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Lorna from Hawaii has the answer.

Bengt — After I posted that, I decided to just do what people suggested to me several years ago for iMovie at an earlier incarnation. So I went to my old old Keynote application, wrote a short page, took a screen shot of that page, and then imported that screen shot/picture to iPhoto ’11.

I knew by checking out iMovie ’11 that any image that is in iPhoto is accessible thru iMovie ’11 and can be placed into the clips. So I selected it from within iMovie ’11 and placed it before the first clip of the movie. It was an experimental movie. I wanted to add music so I did, and then decided to delete my voice, and it became a sort of coded message for lip readers. 😎

via Apple – Support – Discussions – One frame of just text? ….


Moving Projects from One Computer to Another in iMovie ’11

A Seagate removable USB hard disk enclosure.

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AppleMan1958 states:

To edit a project on another computer, you will need both the Project file and any event files that it references.

You will need an external drive formatted Mac OS Extended (journaled) – not FAT32.
Firewire and USB will both work fine for this.

In iMovie, click VIEW/Group Events By Disk.

Now you should see your external drive at the bottom of the Project Library List view. Hold down the Command Key while dragging the small icon for your project to the small icon for the external drive.
Now, with the Project still selected, click FILE/CONSOLIDATE Media… and you can move over the Events, Music, and Photos for the project to the external drive as well.

Plug this drive in to the other Mac and you are ready to edit.

via Apple – Support – Discussions – Moving Projects from One Computer to ….


iMovie for iPhone 4

My New iPhone 4 Arrived today! - June 29, 2010

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iMovie for iPhone 4.  A ton of Q&A in this thread.  It’s a nice primer on using this app.

5 ways to convert VHS to digital

DV cassettes Left to right: DVCAM-L, DVCPRO-M,...

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Noah Apodaca1 has the answer for this one.  Thanks for sharing!

My rig has 5 video input options, and they all have their own quirks and specialties:

ADS Pyro firewire DV bridge: this is an older unit that I don’t think is produced any more. You might be able to find one on eBay if you’re lucky. It’s a real swiss army knife of consumer inputs – lots of inputs to it, and it plays nicely with iMovie as well as Final Cut.

ADS Instant DVD for Mac: another older unit, this one has an onboard MPEG-1/2 converter, which makes it particularly appealing if I’m capturing video with no intent of editing, and I just want to author straight to DVD, or if I’m needing to output MPEG-1 to try to appease the dinosaur Windows user crowd (as MPEG-1 seems to be the only baseline of video compatibility over in their camp).

Pinnacle Video Capture For Mac: This is another hardware encoder, but encodes MPEG-4. This is great if I’m trying to capture a video that I’m not going to need to do much editing to (the supplied tools work fairly well for trimming, but not much else), and which I’m going to deliver straight to HTML 5, or straight for iPod viewing.

elgato EyeTV Hybrid: Using the dongle that others have mentioned, this can capture analog video as well, and the onboard editing tools in the EyeTV software are a little more robust in terms of making basic cuts and butt-edits. However, the timeline is not precise so when editing out commercials or glitches or whatnot, there’s usually a little bit more (or less) than what I want. I can edit in iMovie if I export, but I’d rather not take the extra lossy trip if I don’t have to.

my old, trusty Canon DV camera: this has a firewire output as well as analog inputs and can serve as a bridge directly into iMovie and Final Cut. Worst case scenario here, I record the analog source to DV, and then run DV to the Mac. Though this is the least elegant part of my rig, it pretty much always works and pretty much always works right.

If you can swing the financials, then definitely go with the ADVC-300, as previously mentioned. However, you can apply bargain solutions, but realize that they’re usually pretty inflexible, so know what they do before you implement them. If you’re good with getting what the bargain item will give, then you’ll be happy.

via Apple – Support – Discussions – convert VHS to digital? ….

Impossibly slow time line editing in iMovie

Apple – Support – Discussions – Impossibly slow time line editing ….  User PT seems to solve the problem with his suggestions.

A couple of things. First, you may need to run basic OS maintenance stuff if you haven’t already…

My standard list of things to do first for these weird sort of problems. There are several alternate programs that do the same things with some combining the functions of some of the ones below. So everyone has their favorites, but here are mine…

  • Run MacJanitor (free download) to do all the Unix Cron Maintenance scripts.
  • Run Disk Utility (Applications -> Utilities) and repair disk permissions on your start up drive (typically your internal drive). Also verify any other drives mounted on the system, especially any external drives that you use for iMovie and iDVD projects.
  • Run Preferential Treatment (free download) to check for corrupt/damaged application and system preference files.
  • Run Cache Out X (free download) to clear all system and application caches.
  • Reboot your Mac (after running Cache Out X you are given the option to restart the machine).

Keep in mind that many of the above applications have different versions for Panther vs. Tiger and later versions.

Additional info on this sort of thing…

Macintosh OS X Routine Maintenance

Maintaining Mac OS X

Also, what version of QT are you running? Did you recently upgrade it? My own experience, and one that was reflected in many other posts here by other people, is that 10.3.9, iMovie4 and QT v7.x do not play well together. For OS 10.3.9 it is strongly suggested to stick with QT 6.x (whatever the last version was of QT6). QT7 and OS 10.3.9 are a known bad combo when working with iMovie4 and iDVD4.

And as already pointed out by another poster, trying a new user account to see if it is a system wide issue or just a problem with your user account is a good check.


How to split a clip into two in iMovie 09 (via One guy, three girls…)

Good suggestions and links to Apple Discussion posts.

Now that I’ve moved onto digitizing Video8 tapes that have no concept of time metadata or markers between clips, iMovie is importing them as ONE HUGE CLIP! 90 minutes of video in one clip! Arghh…   I want to split it up into separate clips and events.  But it seems iMovie doesn’t seem to have an option to do this. And this is where the beauty and power of Google combined with the Blogosphere comes to help! Seems like Rob & Reb have already … Read More

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How to pull still images from your videos Photography Digital Photo Macworld


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How to pull still images from your videos Photography Digital Photo Macworld.  This helpful article lists several programs like Aperture, iMovie and QT and how to meet this goal.  Thanks!