Tech Integration Class: iMovie

iMovie Class Outline
  1.   How to use the Flash Drive
    1.   Insert into your USB port. Wait
    2.   Open a finder window and select the FlashDrive
    3.   Drag the iMovie Class folder to your desktop
    4.   When done copying, click on the little triangle to eject the drive. Pull it out of the USB.
  2.   iMovie Overview
    1.   Combines video from different sources, still files, audio and text to create movies
    2.   integrates with Safari, iPhoto, iTunes, Keynote, iDVD.
    3.   Easliy share your movies via email, web, CD or DVD.
    4.   Big files! Avoid using server especially over wireless!
  3.   iMovie Tutorial
    1.   Pre-filming
      1.   Plan
        1.   Start by writing a synopsis of the story.
        2.   Create storyboard: just like a comic strip. Not a lot of detail - this won't be saved. Note location, dialogue, narration.
          1.   Students need to get the "OK" to film in other locations.
        3.   Filming day:
          1.   1 day if possible, no last minute changes. The storyboard is the plan.
          2.   Coach "actors" to speak loud and clear and to the camera, not each other.
        4.   Consider the finished products desired
          1.   Video tape, DVD, web delivered?
            1.   The smaller the format (i.e. web delivered) closer "head shots" are the way to go.
    2.   Filming
      1.   Closer shots are best.
        1.   Film 3 times from different angles for multi camera effect. You can edit between them for the "back and forth" exchange.
      2.   When filming start early - run late. It's easy to edit out the extra footage later.
        1.   Give director's count down (5,4,3,2,1... start filming on 4)
        2.   Perfection is not the goal. Little mistakes are rarely even noticed.
      3.   Sound is important! Make sure the kids are loud enough. Be aware of background noise.
      4.   Storyboard sequence means nothing. This can be done while editing. Film in the most time efficient way.
    3.   Transferring video to computer
      1.   Locate camera scissors switch. Set to camera for video transferring.
      2.   Hook up and let it run. Operate the camera through iMovie.
        1.   Clips are made with each pause/record of the camera.
        2.   Take it all. You can edit out the junk later.
      3.   Once finished transferring, disconnect camera.
    4.   iMovie Interface
      1.   Locate camera scissors switch again. Set to scissors for all editing.
      2.   Clip view and timeline view. Use clip view for cutting and cropping, timeline for audio and aligning tracks.
      3.   Don't empty iMovie trash until absolutely finished.
    5.   Editing
      1.   Work from storyboard - stick to the plan.
      2.   Work in this order: clips - photos - titles - audio - transitions - effects - iDVD. You will still have to go back to align the extra audio tracks.
    6.   Clips
      1.   Create copies of clips to work with. Select the clip, Edit>Copy, Edit>Paste. Drag the copy to the bottom to work on it.
      2.   Using the edit tabs. Cut (delete) removes the yellow vs. crop (cmd+K) removes the blue.
        1.   Restore original.
      3.   Work with rough edits first. Get your clips in order. Cut or crop them close but not exact.
      4.   Once the rough copy is in place, cut and crop precisely
    7.   Audio
      1.   Use timeline view. add extra audio to track 2 or 3.
      2.   Adjust sound levels of each clip or entire movie.
      3.   Voice overs are possible if you didn't get clear sound or for narration.
      4.   Adding sound effects.
      5.   Importing from iTunes
        1.   CD's
        2.   using the iPod as a recording tool
      6.   Importing from another source
        1.   Extract audio
      7.   Edit length of audio track by selecting it, then: File>Split audio track at playhead
    8.   Photos
      1.   Working with iPhoto is easiest. Use Safari to collect images from internet
      2.   Adding stills. Adjusting timing.
    9.   Titles
      1.   "Over Black" is easiest to use. Careful not to get too carried away.
      2.   Remove titles by clicking on the slide view then pressing the Delete key
      3.   Note: the length of the "build" cannot exceed the timing of the title.
    10.   Finishing up
      1.   Share
      2.   Burn iMovies folder to DVD for archive (if <4.5gb). Delete from hard drive.
    11.   Tips
      1.   Start easy:
        1.   No transitions or effects
        2.   30 - 60 second finished movie
      2.   Define the task for the day. Ex: Storyboard day, Safari or still image day, practice day, film day, etc...
    12.   Additional Resources
      1.   www.atomiclearning.com
    13.   Exporting
      1.   For Website
      2.   As a Podcast
      3.   To iDVD
  4.   Projects
    1.   Digital camera
      1.   Using a digital video camera
        1.   film, batteries
        2.   downloading to iMovie
      2.   7th Grade Example
    2.   iSight Movie
      1.   if equipped. Otherwise hook up your video camera for live capture
    3.   United Streaming Video
      1.   Download the movies in QuickTime.
      2.   3rd grade Example
    4.   Slide Show
      1.   Use iPhoto to "feed" iMovie
      2.   Each image can have it's own timing.
      3.   Add narration track
  5.   How to remove all the Movie Class files
    1.   in iPhoto: ctrl-click on album, select Delete. Select images from library, press the Delete key.
    2.   Deleting iMovies. They should have been saved into your Movies folder. Drag to trash.
    3.   in iTunes: Select song from Library, press the Delete key.
    4.   Delete the iMovie Class folder from your desktop
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